So you couldn't make it to Key West for the weekend.
It'll just have to come to you in the form of... well, Key West. That's the name of this fish-forward beauty of a restaurant that's taking reservations now for a December 18 opening at Nikki Beach, and this is what it looks like.
Upon arrival, you and your date will notice the indoor/outdoor bar beneath a neon sign. Bookmark that. You'll want to pop back in for a drink there soon. But for now, grab some stools inside and figure out who's going to have the Key Lime Margarita Diabla with chili agave syrup, and who's going to have the rum-filled Floridian mango colada.
Sip on those. Realize that you didn't even notice the beachy furniture with cozy blue pillows everywhere. Or the sea-glass blue bottles and the mosaic art. Great. Now take that vibe with you to your table.
You can obviously expect plenty of fish, right down to the onsite fish market where you select your red snapper and have it wrapped in a banana leaf before being cooked to perfection by a former Yardbird and Prime Italian chef.
The raw bar. The sushi. The roving oyster shuckers offering bivalve assistance. It's all tempting. But so are the Caribbean baked scallops and blue crab. And the chargrilled oysters served three ways, one of which includes bacon.
Bless those other two way's hearts.