Rooftop Bar At 1 Hotels

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This past week, I was in Miami for a little vacation and escape from the never ending NYC winter. I stayed at the brand new 1 Hotels South Beach, which was totally breath taking. Everything there is focused on sustainability, organic and eco-friendly materials, and offering farm to table with some of their dining options. They currently have three dining offerings on premises, and the adjoining Beachcraft opening as well.

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The hotel is one of the only (if not the only) in Miami Beach to host a rooftop pool, and a gorgeous one at that. The Rooftop Bar there serves drinks and a menu of raw seafood, salads, burgers and a little dessert too. I started with a lovely glass of Rose to kick things off, going perfectly with the warm weather and cool breeze surrounding.

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Next, I ordered the Tomato Salad (watermelon, arugula, cypress point loblolly cheese, cancha, balsamic). It’s a smaller portion, but so light, refreshing and filled with flavor. Tomato and watermelon salads are usually a common summer salad with feta cheese, but I really liked the pairing of the loblolly cheese, giving it a bit of a sharper, less salty taste and adding a nice dynamic between the sweetness of the watermelon and tomato, the acidity from the balsamic and the bit of crunch of the cancha (pretty much a fancy version of corn nuts).  

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I also had their Sliders (wild salmon, pickled mustard seeds, horseradish, brioche). Now, I was a little surprised when these arrived with cheese on them, since it wasn’t in the description, and even more, what kind of cheese it was, but I was so hungry I didn’t even bother to ask. I will say, it was tasty, so I can’t complain, but should probably be added to the menu description. The brioche buns are buttery and soft, adding a nice richness to the little tender salmon burgers, which get a bit of a kick from the horseradish. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rooftop Bar
Location: 1 Hotels 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Now, to get to the roof, you need to be a guest at the hotel, so, it’s technically not open to the public. But, I had an incredible stay there, so, next the time I’m back, I’ll be up there in a second. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. The view of the beach is gorgeous, the rooftop is beautiful, and the food and drinks are really great. 

Balthazar

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So, I feel like 2015 is my year of visiting places that have been around for a while, that I’ve, for whatever reason, yet to go. Balthazar has been around for almost 20 years, which is often a rarity in NYC, let alone anywhere. Well, I finally made my way over to SoHo to check out their brunch. 

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Reservations are definitely recommended, since they’re hardly available, if you don’t have one, you’ll most likely have to wait. But, if you want to pick up some of their pastries and breads, you can just pop into their bakery right next door to get your fix. Otherwise, you’ll enter the grand, open dining room for some traditional bistro fare. 

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I ordered the Smoked Salmon (with crème fraîche and toasted brioche). The presentation was really nice, with diced egg white, herbs, yolks, and capers and onion on the side. This was a really lovely dish, the salmon was fresh and flavorful, and the brioche bread was light and buttery. 

The Shorts:
Name: Balthazar 
Location: 80 Spring Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the atmosphere just has a special feel to it and the service is wonderful.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I’d make sure to snag a reservation before going, because, who likes to wait anyway? And if you’re not in for the whole thing, check out their bakery next door.