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. 

City Kitchen

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Whether it’s a continuing trend, or just the new normal, food halls are still sprouting up in NYC. I’ve visited Gotham West Market, Hudson Eats, and Gansevoort Market, all food halls housing some great food and beverage options. The newest to join the list, opened just a few days ago in Times Square. Now, I really dislike being in Times Square. Sure, if you’re a tourist, the idea of Times Square is probably spectacular…Broadway shows, all the lights, live network TV tapings you can squeeze yourself into. But, as a New Yorker, walking through tons of people parked in the middle of the side walk with a map out, and passing 3 Elmo characters (one with his head off, getting some air), you’ve got to give me a good reason to take a trip over there. Well, with some names like Dough, Luke’s, and ilili Box, I was down to check out City Kitchen in Times Square. 

The space is open, simple, and clean, lined with white tile. There’s seating in the middle, and wrap around counter seating, looking out toward 8th Avenue. While this food hall is smaller than some others, it has just enough to cover all bases, and not overwhelming to the customer. Below are all of the vendors, in no particular order:

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Azuki is a Japanese Sushi restaurant.

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ilili Box is inspired Mediterranean takeaway.

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Dough makes scratch made delicious doughnuts. 

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Gabriela’s Taqueria serves authentic Mexican food.

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Kuro-Obi is the ramen concept of well know ramen restaurant, Ippudo.

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Luke’s has fresh Maine lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls. 

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Whitman’s serves burgers with seasonal and local ingredients. 

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Wooly’s Shaved Snow has shaved snow with choices of toppings. 

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Sigmund’s Pretzels has different flavors of soft pretzels. 

The Shorts:
Name: City Kitchen
Location: 700 8th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If we take Times Square out of the equation, then yes. All the food concepts inside, and the aesthetic itself are really great, and worth the visit.
Would I recommend it? If you haven’t been, or find yourself in the area, definitely give it a visit and snag up some delicious food. Once you’re inside, you’ll totally forget about all the Elmos.