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. 

The Gorbals

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So, I was hearing a lot of buzz about newcomer to Williamsburg, The Gorbals. I also heard it was inside of an Urban Outfitters. My curiosity got the better of me, and I had to check it out for myself.

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To lessen any confusion on how to get to the restaurant itself, step one, look for Urban Outfitters. Step two, hook a right to the elevator once you enter and hit #3 floor. Alternatively, there are stairs right before the elevator, you can take those too. Hey, you made it! The restaurant is rustic and charming, and…yup, open kitchen. My heart.

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And, like I said, it’s inside a store. Peek through the wall paneling and you can shop with your eyes. The menu encourages you to share dishes, and so, I did.

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But to start, I ordered The Son of a Gun (mezcal, tequila, pear puree, lime, almond syrup, mole bitters). This was a great drink. As many mezcal cocktails as I’ve had before, I hadn’t had one with pear puree. Why the hell have I not had one before this? It was fantastic. You have a little hint of smokiness from the mezcal, a little citrus from the lime, and then to smooth and sweeten it out, but not too sweet, is the pear and almond syrup.

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Then, there were four dishes ordered to share. To start, I had the Broccoli (soy, chilies, vinegar). Perfection. The broccoli is charred, giving it a great, light, crispy texture on the florets. At the same time, it also acts as a little sponge, soaking up the soy and vinegar sauce, giving it an incredible flavor.

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After that, I had Grilled Shishitos (charred eggplant). The peppers were mild, and had a tiny bit of charring on the outside, giving it a nice, smoky flavor. But, the best part of the dish was actually the charred eggplant, which was a pureed sauce underneath the shishitos. It was a little sweet, a little smokey, and also savory. Basically, it was delicious. 

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Next, was the Octopus (za’atar, olives, pine nuts). The octopus is is served as one piece, with a delicious tahini-like sauce on the plate, confected with pine nuts and topped with the fried olives. By the way, olives should always be fried. The octopus itself was amazing, it was plump, tender, and had a wonderful flavor, which was enhanced by the za’atar. 

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Last of the dishes was the Black Bass (radish, watermelon, bonito butter). This dish was a dream. The bass was so light, delicate and flavorful. If this were offered as an entree sized portion, I would order this every time as my main meal. The radish and watermelon salad was a perfect compliment, adding some sweetness and crunch, but also topped with a yogurt dressing, adding an herby and creamy element to the dish. 

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So, that was the last of the savory dishes, but since everything was so incredible, I had to go for one of their desserts. I had Sticky Toffee Pudding (black pepper ice cream, maldon salt). Unreal. This was so good, and perfectly portioned. The cake itself is light, warm, and coated and soaked with a rich, thick, toffee sauce, sprinkled with large granules of the salt, emulating a salted caramel. Topping the dessert is a black pepper ice cream, both sweet and a little spicy at the same time, which, to me, is a wonderful combination. Each component here went together so well, it was the perfect finish to the meal. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Gorbals
Location: 98 North 6th Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. Everything was on-point from the service, so the drinks, to the food. Oh, and they had a pretty killer hip-hop playlist going on.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And, they have a rooftop that I’ll need to check out. You can order drinks and snacks up there, and then, you can go down to the main level and go shopping at Urban Outfitters. Day complete.