Novikov is a very fancy restaurant in Downtown where most of the people in the large, shiny dining room are wearing suits and spending incredible amounts of money on a really big menu of mostly Chinese and Japanese dishes. The food here is just OK in some places (like the spicy prawn moneybags) and actually pretty good in others (like the Peking duck and the majority of the nigiri selection). Also, their wasabi martini is delicious. But there aren’t many situations where we’d ever want to eat in a restaurant that feels like a sentient hedge fund who also DJs on the side - even if we somehow weren’t paying for it.
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Tomorrowland is a mostly outdoor bar in Downtown that works for Happy Hour or really any time you want to drink outside.
Melinda’s is a bar and restaurant in Downtown. Their patio is a good place to have a few drinks and some food before a night out.
The Wharf is a crowded waterfront bar on the Miami River. It's loud, mostly outside, and there are food trucks.
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Boss Cow is a Brickell seafood spot with raw bar options, ramen, lobster rolls, and more. It’s good for a date or dinner before a night out.
Hachidori is a Little River restaurant that specializes in ramen. The ramen here is good, and what you should stick to.
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NIU Kitchen is a tiny spot in Downtown Miami serving excellent Catalan food. Bring someone you really want to impress.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
Garcia’s is an old-school seafood spot on the Miami River in Downtown that’s casual, but delicious.
Mignonette is a slightly upscale seafood spot on the edge of Downtown where you can find some of the best oysters in town.
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