Six Swanky Spots to Spend NYE

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne? Alas, the 2016 year has come to an end; on to the next! New Year’s Eve is a simultaneous goodbye and hello, filled with some of the best parties and celebrations of the year. What better place to ring in 2017 than East of Collins? Featuring some of the most iconic spots for high-end and luxurious celebrations, check out our top picks for the six swankiest spots to celebrate New Year’s Eve.nye-2016-blog-collage

1. Faena Miami Beach – A Night in Havana
Faena is the place to be this New Year’s Eve, paying tribute to “old-world Cuban glamour, romance, and music”. First, enjoy dinner at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman or Pao by Paul Qui. Then get ready to indulge in the sounds of a live band in the Faena Theater. There are two packages to choose from: A Night in Havana Dinner Package that includes a four-course dinner, house wine and spirits, and exclusive access to the Faena Theater party, or the Party Package, including an open bar at The Living Room or Tree of Life and access to the Faena Theater Party. Make sure to book your tickets early here.

2. Nobu Eden Roc Featuring The Knocks
The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel invites you to join the fun this New Year’s Eve in an exclusive bash, alongside The Knocks. Tickets include drinks, dinner, and dancing, with more extensive packages available as well. Tickets start at $300. Get them here.

3. Old Havana at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
“Azúcar” is the name of the annual New Year’s Eve gala to be hosted by The Ritz-Carlton South Beach this year! Be dazzled by old Havana glamour, starting with a four-course dinner and one of a kind poolside experience. The evening will feature a Latin-inspired and sommelier wine-paired menu at Bistro One LR and an open bar at 9 pm. Enjoy hand cut and rolled cigars by renowned cigar maker, Gurkha, music by a 10-piece Latin orchestra band, as well as salsa performances, and so much more! See which package option works best for you!

4. Acqualina Resort Lavish Dinner
Spend New Year’s Eve at Acqualina, indulging in Chef Michael Mazza’s unique four-course dinner at Il Mulino. There will be live music and a premium open bar from 8 pm to 1 am. The Four Course Dinner with Premium Open Bar is $495 for adults only. AQ by Acqualina will also be hosting an exclusive dinner open to the entire family, with a live DJ, dancing, and a spectacular buffet including lobster, caviar, an open bar, and more! Prices are as follows: $495/adult, $395/ juniors ages 14-20, $250/child ages 3-13. Read more about the events here.

5. Fontainbleau Featuring Justin Bieber
Poolside at the Fontainebleau will be the best way to end 2016. Join Justin Bieber by the pool and take part in exclusive packages such as stage-side tables and cabanas. Keep the party going as Grammy winner, Skrillex takes over LIV Nightclub and Story Nightclub. Tickets start at $500 for a general admission ticket and go up to $50,000 for a stage-side table and private space for 25 guests. Read more here.

6. Dine at The Setai
Jaya at The Setai will be offering two seating times featuring a delicious and exclusive New Year’s Eve menu; one at 6:30 pm for $175/person, or $90/child, and another at 8:45 pm, for $395/person and $210/child. A champagne toast is included in the second option. For an even more elegant experience, take part in the six- course pre-fixe menu at Chef’s Kitchen, featuring Florida Stone Crab, Truffle Egg, and more. Don’t forget to reserve by calling (855) 923-7899 or email dining@thesetaihotel.com!

East of Collins wishes you a happy and safe New Year. May you reach all of our resolutions and of course, have an amazing time celebrating! Cheers!

An East of Collins Thanksgiving- Traditional & Unconventional Cuisine

Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family, friends, and loved ones to share gratitude. East of Collins has so much to be thankful for, beginning with the residents and patrons that live and visit daily! Thankfully, the community is surrounded by worldwide cuisine and both traditional and unconventional fine dining options available to enjoy on this day, alongside those we appreciate.

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Thanksgiving Meals From Byblos Miami and Lure Fishbar

Atlantikós
Indulge at Atlantikós at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort with a 4-course meal- your choice of traditional or Greek-inspired, $95 per adult and $45 per child. Chef Anastasios “Tasos” Chasekioglou’s authentic recipes will make your Thanksgiving dining experience unforgettable.

Byblos Miami
Byblos Miami on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach is going to be serving delectable options for all  Mediterranean cuisine lovers. Enjoy Salmon Carpaccio and Duck Kibbeh as appetizers, then move on to their exclusive Turkey Ballantine Dinner with a side of roasted pumpkin, crispy jeweled rice, and green beans. Then, finish off with their signature strawberry cheesecake Qatayef. You can’t go wrong- make sure to make your reservation! Full menu details here.

Lure Fishbar
Lure Fishbar in South Beach opens their dining room to you and yours this Thanksgiving. For $55/person, enjoy a multi-course meal with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Their regular dining menu will also be available. Be sure to reserve soon!

Neomi’s
Start your Thanksgiving right! Enjoy Thanksgiving Day brunch at Neomi’s at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. From 12:30 pm – 4 pm, for $55 per adult, $25 per child ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under, enjoy a variety of delicious options. An Antipasto station and seafood bar will be available, along with various festive entrées, such as herb butter-basted slow roasted turkey and Lobster Benedict. Satisfy your sweet tooth with several sweet holiday desserts! Menu here.

Pao by Paul Qui at the Faena Hotel- Miami Beach
World-renowned chef Pao Qui will be cooking up something exquisite this Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy an Asian take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Check out their website for more details.

The Dutch
The Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel is now booking their Thanksgiving reservations. For $55/person, treat yourself to Cider-brined turkey, whipped Yukon potatoes, butternut squash, and other traditional sides. Finish off this decadent meal with your choice of apple pie, pumpkin brûlée, or pecan pie. Full menu available here.

The Restaurant at The Raleigh
The Restaurant at The Raleigh Hotel joins the list of places to go for Thanksgiving, East of Collins, and not only for dinner, but for lunch too! For $49 per person, enjoy an entrée and dessert. Options like creamy mushroom soup, made with grilled trumpet mushroom and truffles, roasted and braised free-range turkey with delicious sides, and sweet potato pie for dessert, are sure to make your mouth water. Check out the full menu.

With food like this, who would want to cook?! Don’t forget to make your reservations early Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 3 East of Collins Spots to Get Your Miami Spice On

Miami Spice is here and the options are tastier than ever! Choose from over 240 restaurants featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Tantalize your taste buds and enjoy discounted, top-notch meals at East of Collins’ participating restaurants for a limited time only! Here are our top choices:
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Stripsteak– Located in the famous Fontainebleau Hotel on Collins Avenue, Stripsteak offers a worldly menu by Chef Michael Mina, alongside an innovative and contemporary atmosphere. Seamlessly contributing to the luxurious atmosphere surrounding the resort, at Stripsteak, guests can enjoy a variety of appetizer, entree, and dessert options during Miami Spice, from Ricotta Cavatelli Carbonara, to Wood Grilled Filet Mignon, to Chocolate Ganache Cake! Choose from only the highest quality, aged cuts of beef, the freshest seafood, and excellent wines. For a full menu listing, click here.

Quality Meats– Enjoy a special 3-course dinner from the famous restaurant based in New York, now on Miami Beach. Meats are hand- selected by reputable family-owned butchers, ensuring quality and delight with every bite. With a wide variety of choices for this special menu, pick from 5 delicious appetizers, 6 entrees, and 4 desserts. The blackened red fish is a rare menu find and sounds mouth-watering! View the complete menu here.

Byblos– Rated a constant “Hotspot” by Zagat and Haute Living, you’re in for a treat during Miami Spice at Byblos. Eastern Mediterranean cuisine at its finest, centered around a family-oriented setting is in full effect at this delectable option, true to its culture and tradition. Start off with your choice of two appetizers. How about the Lamb Rib and the Creamed Spinach Pide? Move on to Harissa Spiced Shrimp or Yogurt Baked Mahi-Mahi, and finish your meal off with some baklava ice cream, salted caramel and couscous pralines, better known as Pizzelle. To explore the wide selection of options on this exclusive menu, click here.

We hope you’re hungry! Don’t miss out on these divine dining options until the end of September. Hurry and make your reservation today!

Celebrate Dad East of Collins Style

Father’s Day is around the corner and thankfully, the East of Collins community has a variety of ways you can celebrate Dad on his special day.

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For the Dad Who Loves Food

  • Kick off the day by taking your favorite man to a delicious brunch at Bianca at the Delano between 11am and 4pm.
  • Enjoy the finest ingredients from Northern Italy by taking Dad to a classic Italian dinner at Cecconi’s in the Soho Beach House.
  • Have a Dad who’s a hipster? Take him to The Dutch Restaurant in South Beach to enjoy upscale American comfort food. Don’t forget to complete the meal by trying some of their  sweet treats, like fruit turnovers or berry cream tarts, sold behind the bakery counter.
  • For the trendy Dad- Brunch at Nikki Beach is always a great option East of Collins. From a premium carving station to a sushi rolling station, encourage Dad to feast on a meal fit for a king and unwind beach-side for the rest of the day!
  • Staying on Collins Avenue? Enjoy one of the many scrumptious restaurant options in any of the top-rated resorts such as AQ at Acqualina or Il Mulino New York in the Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach. AQ at Acqualina serves brunch from 12pm to 4pm every Sunday. Indulge in unlimited Mimosas, Prosecco, Mojitos, and Bloody Marys with Dad!
  • Pop into the 1 Hotel & Homes on South Beach and enjoy breakfast, brunch or dinner this Sunday with Beachcraft’s unique combination of locally caught fish, antibiotic-free meats, and produce. You can’t go wrong with a seafood dish and a side of fresh vegetables and Dad will definitely appreciate the unique experience.
  • Spending the day at Bal Harbour? Finish Father’s Day on the right foot at Makoto for  succulent Japanese cuisine.

For the Artsy Dad

  • Give him a taste of the art gallery scene in East of Collins. Visit the Art Center of South Florida on Lincoln Road and several other galleries that extend beyond South Beach.
  • Just in time for Miami Film Month, take dad to see a movie from his favorite genre at Miami Beach Cinematheque in the Art Deco District/South Beach area.
  • Gather together the entire family and attend a world-class orchestra concert, chamber music event, or family concert at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.

For the Dad Who Loves the Outdoors

Haven’t bought Dad a gift yet? Have him choose his own from the variety of upscale shopping opportunities in the world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Either way, East of Collins is sure to help you give Dad the best Father’s Day yet!

Go beyond the beach at these 6 Miami hidden gems

For South Floridians looking to soak in the sun and sand in a more unique atmosphere than The Clevelander, there are options aplenty along or within walking distance from Collins Avenue, South Beach’s backbone.

Below are some hidden hot spots around town you won’t regret paying a visit.

Photo credit @jnpaul

Photo credit @jnpaul

1. The Broken Shaker at the freehand
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Hours:
Mon-Fri: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sat-Sun: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Located within one of South Beach’s most unique and highly rated hostels, this craft cocktail spot is the definition of a hidden gem, known and cherished by locals as one of the best places on SoBe to grab an elixir unlike any drink you’ve tasted before. Pro tip: Tell the bartender your unique tastes and ask for a custom cocktail that fits your exact palate.

2. BASEMENT at the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel
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Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat: 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
The Edition hotel features a hot nightlife scene that you have to be in the know to experience. Calling itself a “new kind of multidimensional entertainment hub,” BASEMENT features not only a standard SoBe nightclub, but also a bowling alley, ice-skating rink, and incredible sound system – so you can dance away into the night in whatever venue you so choose.

Photo from www.qualitymeatsmiami.com

Photo from www.qualitymeatsmiami.com

3. Quality Meats
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Hours:
Sun & Mon: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Tues-Sat: 6 p.m.-12a.m.
Meat-lover’s paradise, Quality Meats is the best place to celebrate a special occasion over a steak – or a quintessential Miami seafood dish – in an atmosphere that can’t be beat. Ambiance is butcher-shop chic, and the cuisine comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.

Photo from www.sohobeachhouse.com

Photo from www.sohobeachhouse.com

4. SoHo Beach House Miami
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Hours: varies
For casual mingling with creative professionals, SoHo Beach House memberships are reserved for South Florida’s elite. Part of the SoHo House social club that originated in London, Miami’s version adds its own South Beach flair with a rooftop taqueria, a luxurious spa, a library, and multiple places to chit chat over delectable hors d’oeuvres.

5. La Sandwicherie
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Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-5 a.m.
Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.-6 a.m.
Delivery: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
This no-frills countertop sandwich spot, open late-night for party animals seeking a post-Liv snack, is a local go-to.  The sandwiches are simply to die for; make sure to request the signature sauce – or buy a bottle to take home.

6. Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports
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Hours: varies
For those seeking a more adventurous day or evening out on the glistening South Florida seas, Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports has it all. The company puts an added spin on paddle boarding or kayaking with races, full moon paddles, and island jams. The founders are locals, so they’ve got intimate knowledge of the best places to soak in the sun out on the water.

What are your favorite hidden gems in South Florida? Tell us in the comments.