The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
GABLES GASTROPUB Fort Lauderdale’s hugely popular Tap 42 gastropub expanded to Coral Gables. The 6,350-square-foot location is more industrial and modern than the original; its design incorporates colorful reclaimed wood, a living wall and roll-up garage doors for indoor/outdoor flow. Along with 50+ craft beers on tap, hence its name, patrons can expect the same fun specials like $5 Prohibition burgers on Mondays, ladies’ night on Wednesdays, and weekend brunches with bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys. But the menu departs through exclusive dishes: spicy tuna tartare with malanga chips; barbecue baby back ribs with creamed sweet corn; chef Drew’s fried chicken with a Korean chili glaze and Asian-style cole slaw; Cajun grilled rainbow trout with pan-roasted Brussels sprouts, and chimichurri skirt steak marinated in aji and served with crispy tostones.
PUNCH TO PULITZERS Plan on a culture-filled weekend. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami hosts an opening reception for The Inverse, Brazilian artist Laura Lima’s first American solo exhibit, tomorrow night. In addition to the site-specific installation (pictured), which explores her signature theme of how the body relates to architecture and objects, attendees can view a special performance at 7 p.m. Opera director Jay Scheib’s modern-day version of Carmen with a cast of YoungArts alumni premieres on Saturday as part of the nonprofit organization’s Outside the Box series. For another twist, interactive vignettes involve Cuban cigar rollers, flamenco dancers and rum punch. Local theater troupe Mad Cat was featured in The New York Times for its performance of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Flick. See it at Miami Theater Center through June 12.
MILE STYLE Miracle Mile welcomes new boutiques to splurge this season. POOL LabShow specializes in sophisticated European brands such as Parisian staple Vanessa Bruno; Cortana by Spanish designer Rosa Esteva, and Mes Demoiselles, Anita Radovanovic’s vintage-inspired collection in soft pastels and gauzy fabrics. There are great accessories, too. Find Malababa’s roomy Cestona bag of thick leather straps (pictured), as well as jute beach totes with cute sayings through a collaboration between London-based the Jacksons’ and women in Bangladesh. Tweens to twentysomethings adore Kiki’s casual clothes with a California vibe, art works and housewares. Founder Kiki Garcia, who previously owned the Dressing Room here, decided to bring a slice of SoHo back to her hometown after studying at Parsons School of Design and working at Betsey Johnson in New York.
FISH FANS Le Bernardin chef owner and part-time Miamian Eric Ripert (pictured) is in town tonight to celebrate his new autobiography 32 Yolks. It’s not your average book tour stop though. Besides hearing the seafood master’s culinary war stories during a talk at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, ticketed guests receive an autographed copy of his book and a feast prepared by some of Miami’s most talented toques including Bradley Kilgore, Timon Balloo and Jose Mendin, at the Café at Books & Books. On June 9, Seaspice and Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour are partnering for a charity event to benefit Fantastic Oceans; the nonprofit focuses on eliminating plastics from the oceans and protecting marine life. Enjoy a reception, art auction and fashion show by reserving here.