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Elsa Pataky

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Area 31 Epic Hotel, 16th Floor 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami (305) 424-5234 Area 31, the new restaurant on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel, delivers guests a menu of fresh, premium seafood prepared with a Mediterranean influence. The restaurant features seafood from its namesake region, Fishing Area 31, the waters of the Western Central Atlantic. The menu is complemented with expertly assembled wine and cocktail lists by Master Sommelier Emily Wines and Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout. Gaia Ristorante Hilton Bentley Hotel 101 Ocean Drive, Miami (305) 672-6624 www.bentleymiami Gaia Ristorante offers a seasonal menu of authentic Italian dishes. Acclaimed chef Gaetano Ascione crafts Italian cuisine that is remarkably refined; describing himself as a "walking menu," visiting each table, getting to know what guests like, and customizing meals. Standouts on his stationary menu include appetizers, such as marinated Mediterranean octopus with radicchio and lemon dressing. New Concept Video 7699 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (305) 758-6808 Catering to the more affordable night at home, New Concept Video recently opened its new Biscayne location as it celebrates its 17th anniversary. NCV boasts an extensive collection of videos, including a full library of classic Academy Award-winning foreign and adult films, as well as games, music, books, and magazines. NCV is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 10, weekends 11-10. The Betsy 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (305) 531-6100 With its towering columns, expansive front porch, and tall windows, The Betsy evokes classic colonial architecture, yet it was created by architect L. Murray Dixon, famous for SoBe's Art Deco hotels. The Betsy features a hip steakhouse, BLT Steak from Chef Laurent Tourondel, a hush- hush speak-easy lounge in the basement (invite-only), a rooftop spa solarium overlooking the ocean, and very plush, Ralph Lauren-style rooms. Bulldog Barbecue 15400 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami (305) 940-9655 Top Chef Howie Kleinberg's new down-home barbecue restaurant, Bulldog Barbecue, features moderately priced North Carolina-style fare, lemonades made a-la-minute, champagne and beer by the glass, and all-American desserts. His menu offers guests a selection of barbecue specialties, prepared with his secret recipes for house-made marinades, spice blends, rubs, and barbecue sauces. El Gran Inka 947 Brickell Ave., Miami (305) 940-4910 El Gran Inka brings Peruvian cuisine to the business district in Brickell. The moderately priced menu, crafted by executive chef Hipolito Rosales, features authentic Peruvian dishes and international comfort food, like different versions of Peru's pride and joy, a traditional lomito saltado, strips of prime tenderloin sautéed with Vidalia onions, and tomatoes served with French fries and rice. 1 Bleu The Regent Bal Harbour 10295 Collins Ave., Miami (305) 455-5400 Housed inside the Regent Bal Harbour, 1 Bleu is the resort's new signature restaurant. The Regent just appointed Mark Militello, a much-acclaimed James Beard Award recipient, as executive chef of the hotel. His menus, emphasizing clean, contemporary flavors, focuses on local seafood, high-quality chops and steaks, organic chicken, and local sustainable produce. Guests can dine indoors or outdoors on the ocean front patio overlooking Haulover Inlet. I Corsini 560 Washington Ave., Miami (305) 531-2323 I Corsini is a beautifully designed authentic Italian restaurant featuring an idyllic, flower-strewn outdoor garden and an elegant dining room. The casual chic setting serves as the perfect backdrop for authentic regional Tuscan cuisine prepared by Bologna native, chef Guiseppe Galazzi, formerly of Sardinia restaurant. Designed and overseen by owner/entrepreneur Roberto Corsini, the beautiful restaurant belies the menu's affordable price points. ML Just Opened What's new in the Magic City? Check out this round-up of hot new businesses! Words by Eric Haley MIAMI LIVING 27 JUST OPENED MIAMI LIVING 27 Area 31 New Concept Video Bulldog Barbecue 1 Bleu Gaia Ristorante The Betsy El Gran Inka I Corsini

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