After almost 8 years in the neighborhood, this homecoming is sweeter than ever. Join Michael and The Genuine Hospitality Group team in welcoming a new afternoon service that hits the spot, whether for a late lunch to satisfy more than a snack can, a quick shopping pit stop or a long, leisurely dive into our new raw bar and always classic cocktail list. It’s time to reach a new plateau during that in-between period.
On the eve of its eighth anniversary in March of 2015, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink reopens after a 2 week pause with an expanded Bar Room adding Afternoon service from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. highlighting a new Raw Bar. As Miami’s Design District prepares for a busy season of luxury retail launches in the neighborhood, the restaurant will now be able to receive guests for 1.5 more hours during the previously closed window following Lunch and prefacing Dinner, as well as offer an Afternoon menu to satisfy beyond simply Snacks as previously offered during the 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour. The Raw Bar will be available for all service periods including Lunch, Dinner, and the restaurant’s celebrated Sunday Brunch, now in its fifth year as of the 25th of this month.
“We’ve always tried to stay one step ahead to keep things fresh at Genuine. It’s something we think about all the time as a company and challenge each other everyday to make the right decisions and be smart about our future. That applies to the growth of The Genuine Hospitality Group, but no where is it more important than where it all began,” Michael explains. “I’ve seen this neighborhood evolve plenty since we opened in 2007, but this season will really be a game changer. I don’t think any of us can truly appreciate the magnitude of what’s about to go down here, but that’s not going to stop us from being as ready as we can be!”
The focal point of Afternoon’s a la carte menu is the new Raw Bar featuring a rotating selection of two east coast and two west coast oysters (3 each); middleneck clams currently from Florida’s Cedar Key on the ½ shell (2 each,) traditional shellfish platters (plateau 65, royale 130); classic shrimp cocktail with house cocktail sauce (12); chilled ½ Maine lobster (PA); stone crabs with mustard sauce (PA/seasonal); and one crudo, tartare and ceviche with setups that will change daily highlighting the freshest local fish and produce (13-14).
Then there are six classic Schwartz dishes in stracciatella highlighting the fall season’s first Florida heirloom tomatoes with local basil, extra-virgin olive oil, fleur de sel (13); butter lettuce with orange, hazelnuts, avocado, shallot-hazelnut vinaigrette (13); honeycrisp apples with greens, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, Dijon vinaigrette (15); crispy sweet & spicy pork belly with kimchi, crushed peanuts (15); and two wood oven pizzas – a daily special such as cured salami with pesto, red onion, arugula, fontina, as well as heirloom tomato with pesto, roasted peppers, mozzarella, pine nuts (18). Genuine Snacks round out the savory selection, and milk chocolate cremoso with extra-virgin olive oil, sourdough crostini (10) and TGHG Executive Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith’s daily-changing homemade ice creams & sorbets served with a shortbread cookie (10) make for an even sweeter afternoon. The back of menu will highlight the restaurant’s cocktail list and offer the same solid rotating selection of craft and other longtime favorite beers, as well as wines by the glass and bottle.
“We always like to give the program a good hard look heading into season, but clearly there was a great opportunity here to really take stock in a new light. But I think we all agreed we didn’t want to mess with it too much,” explains TGHG Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed. “We’ll continue to offer the curated selection of craft spirits that people have come to expect from Genuine and of course introduce new cocktails on a regular basis like usual, probably some more lighter alcohol offerings especially during the afternoon. We’re really looking forward to seeing how this goes and taking it from there. It’s a great looking bar, but more importantly it’s going to function a lot better, which will give the team flexibility to do more. We’re going to focus on what we do best and do it even better.”
The new space increases bar seating to 25 with 11 new seats in the Bar Room, flanked by 4 tables each seating 4 on the north wall and an additional 4 window seats overlooking the restaurant’s courtyard. Taking over the original private Gallery Room by knocking through the back bar wall, the new bar’s mahogany counter was sourced and forged by Schwartz’s longtime collaborator Miles Black also responsible for millwork at The Cypress Room. Carl Myers’ latest coin mosaic series featuring fish uses the restaurant’s own local catch as its subject, including Queen Snapper and Yellowedge Grouper brought to the doorstep this summer by fishmonger George Figueroa of Trigger Seafood. Thanks to a lot of long nights, Michael’s long time, so-much-more-than-handyman Renier Bautista and a whole lot of genuine teamwork got the flagship up and running on-schedule and looking like, well, new.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is open seven days a week, with Lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Afternoon Monday through Saturday 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Brunch Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall/Winter Holiday Hours are as follows: Thanksgiving Thursday, November 27 – Closed; Christmas Day Thursday, December 25 – Closed; Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24 – Regular lunch hours, dinner open until 10 p.m.; New Year’s Eve Wednesday, December 31 – Regular hours; New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 – Closed for lunch, dinner open until 10 p.m. Menus are updated daily at michaelsgenuine.com/miami, with links to the restaurant on social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.