Well the time has come. After months of planning and anticipation, the latest addition to the genuine family debuts to the public tomorrow, Monday, and we couldn’t be more proud of Michael and excited to welcome The Cypress Room to the world.
Located at 3620 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Design District, this elegant American dining room is a nod to the spirit of classic 1920s fine dining, welcoming with a freshly polished finish in food, service, bar, and decor. The dinner menu centers around the restaurant’s wood-burning grill and rotisserie, offering Appetizers, Selection of Cheeses, Entrees, Sides, and House Specialties cleanly composed by chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia. As with everything Michael touches, only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, hand-picked from America’s best small farmers, foragers, and fishermen build layers of flavor into the Cypress Room’s dishes. The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine Director Eric Larkee’s vision of the The Beverage Book has been realized beautifully by Ilysa Corns, containing a focused collection of wines by the glass and bottle with attention to regional, old world varietals; new cocktails carefully crafted by Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed including Aperitif, Classic, Barrel-Aged and House Specialties, fine spirits and aperitifs, as well as dessert wines to pair with executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith’s finely-spun dessert menu. Simeon Humphreys, of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria, leads the team as General Manager.
Under the cobalt glow of its neon sign, The Cypress Room façade crawls with ivy and opens to the sidewalk with folding glass French doors. Upon entering the room, framed black and white photos of old Florida line a wainscoted reclaimed pecky cypress paneled wall to the left. From the center of the intimate dining room hang two crystal chandeliers. Rose-colored wallpaper in flora and fauna extends the length ofthe back wall, framing an open kitchen with a wood-burning grill and rotisserie lined in ivory and beige tile. Tufted, sky blue banquets line the north wall to the right from which paneled pecky cypress extends above, illuminated by goose-neck lamps and with wild Florida deer and boar overlooking the room below and across to a mill worked, wooden cask-lined bar and oil-rubbed bronze tap tower.
The Cypress Room would simply not be without the blood, sweat and tears of the whole front and back of house team, including manager Nicole Ciani (new to the genuine team but is she really?!,) sous chef Michael Beltran (ditto!), pastry plater Keith Freiman, Chef’s assistant and brand manager Ellie Groden with her insane photo wall, hand-selected B&B plates and overall ordering skills, executive chef of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Bradley Herron, fearless leader Charles Bell, director of operations, everyone in the greater TGHG family who has lent a hand (or 10!) throughout the development process, and last but certainly not least Tamara Schwartz and the support and inspiration of the entire Schwartz family. Now let’s rock this.
Beginning Monday, March 25, the restaurant is open for dinner six days a week, Monday through Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 12 Midnight, and Closed Sunday. Please visit The Cypress Room website to explore this very special place to us and book a reservation. We hope it becomes as special to you, as well.