[UPDATED] Directing Traffic: Accessing Genuine Restaurants During Art Basel Week

Miami Dade Art Express

UPDATE: New free shuttle with a stop in Miami’s Design District on NE 1st Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets announced today by Miami-Dade County. Thanks!

Beep beep!  Believe it or not, Art Basel is one week away.  This year it’s not so much the quantity of events materializing around town, but more so the sheer amount of sources telling you how to sort through it all that can be cause for duress during Art Week in Miami.  Even if you have recommendations from a trusted outlet, what to choose?  We were excited to see the New York Times highlight a less familiar neighborhood for the art world, Little Haiti.  Mentioned in yesterday’s piece, 100+ Degrees in the Shade, a survey of South Florida art also with pop up galleries in the storefronts surrounding Harry’s Pizzeria between 39th and 40th Streets on North Miami Avenue.  Did you know this is also a stop on the free Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Loop?

With our The Genuine Hospitality Group pin dropped at the nexus of Art Week activity that is the Design District, how you get where you are going is just as important as where you are going, if you want to arrive period — much less on time.  We are in it to win it and did some leg work for you on how to get to and from our restaurants. Here’s what we know now and the critical shuttle maps we could find (some not so easily!) online.  We’ll continue to share (and receive, please) more tips through social media as new intelligence becomes available.  Good news for Grovites… Harry’s Pizzeria Coconut Grove should be a little more accessible, too!

Miami Trolley Art Shuttle

DWNTWN Art Shuttle (special).

Art Basel Shuttle Routes

Miami Beach’s Art Week (special) shuttle.


Miami Trolley’s (special) Art Basel Miami Week shuttle


Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Line (regular service) has at stop at Harry’s Pizzeria!

IF YOU ARE ON MIAMI BEACH:  Route 1 of the Art Week Free Shuttle Service courtesy City of Miami Beach could be for you. We like the idea of getting on at 41st Street and Royal Palm Avenue, the Shell Station intersection.  It will let off and pick up on 36th Street at Buena Vista Avenue aka NE 1st Avenue, the Midtown Target store’s intersection and two blocks west of Cypress Tavern.  Uber there from home or have a friend drop you and hop on.  Street parking should also be relatively available without any major shows in the vicinity unlike the Convention Center stop.  Frequency is appox. every 30 minutes.

IF YOU ARE ON THE MAINLAND:  The DWNTWN Art Shuttle and Art Basel Week Miami Trolley are two special services available next week.  Routes intersect at NE 29th Street and 1st Ave at the base of Midtown.  Unfortunately the Miami Trolley App is no longer listed on the App Store, but you can track arrival times on its website here.   For the most comprehensive transportation overview we could find, including public options like shuttles, bike and ride sharing services, Metro Bus/Mover/Rail, and parking garage and lot information, visit Tropicult.  We hear the Miami Beach loop will fast track on the shoulder.

Shop Genuine Gift Cards Online, Get Free Gift Cards in Your Cart!

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To celebrate the holiday season, we’re kicking off the biggest shopping week of the year with a gift for you. From today until Cyber Monday on November 30 at 11:59 PM, purchases of The Genuine Hospitality Group Gift Card in increments of $100 exclusively online at our Genuine Shop will automatically add a free $20 card to your cart. Purchase two $100 gift cards, get two $20 cards. One $300 gift card receives three $20 cards. Any way you slice it, kick back and get a kickback. Enjoy free shipping on the deal and no coupon code necessary.

Consider it inspiration to explore all the genuine that Michael Schwartz has to offer at the following restaurants in Miami’s Design District and Coconut Grove:

MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK fresh simple pure
CYPRESS TAVERN American Grill & Cocktail Bar
HARRY’S PIZZERIA® neighborhood American pizzeria

CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING, and follow #genuineshop on social media as we explore the dishes, drinks and experiences our gift cards are good for!

Here’s the Deals: New Game Day Wings & Happy Hour at Harry’s Pizzeria in the Design District

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First it was new wood oven roasted wings for game days… Now Harry’s Pizzeria in the DESIGN DISTRICT turns up the heat again with new specials to whet your wing whistle.  Beginning this week, enjoy both HAPPY HOUR and WING IT at Michael Schwartz’s neighborhood American pizzeria to the north.  Each is delicious, easy and a fun way to gather around great food and company in our hip, casual joint.  Here’s the deals:

WING IT  >> Do we smell a Heat home game today?  Harry’s has pre-gamed and post-gamed its local sports lovers and season ticket holders now for years.  Now we celebrate our fans with some sportsmanlike love.  Present any same day, game day ticket to your Harry’s Pizzeria server in the Design District and get the home court (and field!) advantage in our house: one complimentary order of wings with your meal!   Offer applies for parties of two or more and is valid for the day noted on your ticket.  Share the love on social media using hashtag #HPWingIt.  Kind of seals the deal for a spot on Sunday’s #HPfavefive!

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HAPPY HOUR  >> Sidle up to a new, friendly Design District Happy Hour.  Monday through Friday from 4-6PM come on by and enjoy 1/2 off rotating craft beer on tap, some favorite brands in the bottle, and our creative wine list (glass, carafe, bottle all Happy Hour-approved) curated by The Genuine Hospitality Group wine and spirits director Eric Larkee.  Our menu is updated in real time HERE and draught beer is on the chalkboard by the counter in the restaurant. Follow #HPDesignDistrict as each day at 3PM when we spotlight a happy hour beverage, sometimes with a pairing suggestions from Harry’s menu!


Cadillac, The Official Vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group and Michael Schwartz

Today we are exited to announce an exciting new relationship with Cadillac, one of the world’s leading luxury automobile brands and now the official vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group. The partnership between Chef and this beloved American icon will foster collaboration on activities that engage people passionate for culture, community and cuisine on Michael’s home turf.

“I’ve followed Cadillac for years, but have been particularly excited about what they’ve been up to lately,” Michael explains. “Our worlds intersect in so many interesting ways, so we have this great opportunity to do some fun things together and offer new ways for our guests to experience excellence in the kitchen and on the road. ”

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Cadillac guy!

As part of the partnership, Chef will have access to the Cadillac’s luxury fleet of vehicles in Miami to incorporate cars into his personal lifestyle and day-to-day business operations, as well as offer access to special opportunities for guests of The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants. The program kicked off in Miami November 11-12, as Cadillac’s Road To Table event rolled into town with Saveur magazine for a private culinary experience combined with a unique test drive opportunity for its customers our flagship Design District restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

“Miami and its visitors are drawn to Chef Schwartz’s approach to food and hospitality, because he delivers an exceptional, genuine experience that guests want to come back for time and time again,” said Sam Homsy, Cadillac Regional Marketing Manager. “By partnering with a culinary icon and local food authority, Cadillac has a unique opportunity to reveal the brand in new ways and bring to life the essence of what Cadillac is all about.

Since 2012, we have traveled each year to California to blend a private label wine called Lua Rossa, named after Lulu Schwartz who does the label art. The car of choice has always been an Escalade for culinary adventures from Los Angeles to Au Bon Climat Winery in Santa Barbara and back again.  Michael got behind the wheel on a racetrack for the first time in a CTS-V sedan at Homestead Miami Speedway in September, reaching speeds of up to 120 MPH, which quickly sealed the deal for his model of choice. Dare Greatly with Chef Schwartz and Cadillac in the year ahead with special events, everyday surprise and delight moments and VIP concierge initiatives like door-to-door car service for select reservations at Schwartz’s restaurants. Follow #GenuineCadillac @chefmschwartz and @cadillac for news on upcoming activities as they are released.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today, Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at http://www.cadillac.com. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.

Rancho Patel Pizzeria | Indian Night Pops at Harry’s with Chef Niven Patel

Finally, a delicious Indian dinner is coming to Harry’s Pizzeria.  We are excited to announce that chef de cuisine Niven Patel of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is taking over Michael’s neighborhood American pizzeria in the Design District on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm for Rancho Patel Pizzeria.  TICKETS ARE NOW LIVE HERE!

Niven manning his post at Michael's Genuine.

Niven manning his post at Michael’s Genuine.

Responsible for the kitchen at Michael’s flagship restaurant going on 3 years, Niven is a genuine chef at heart.  His approach to Rancho Patel Pizzeria is to share his uniquely fresh take on authentic Indian cuisine from his home in Homestead and family traditions. The menu will be released closer to the event.  Trust that each dish will pack that special pop with exotic spices and preparations!  A tour through his Instagram only scratches the surface, but will certainly whet your palate, like this homemade roti factory with wife Shivani that happened last night.  As the chef says… it never gets old.

Welcome cocktail, passed snacks, four courses including dessert, beverage pairings and tax and gratuity, and that special brand of Niven hospitality are included for $110.  What a pre-holiday treat!!!

A pursuit for knowledge was the stimulus and continues to be the driving force behind Chef Niven’s career. Patel’s first glimpse into the restaurant world was during culinary school, and he was hooked. “I was cooking and working in restaurants the whole time during college”. But his passion for cooking came much earlier on, he says, “I have been cooking all my life. I used to make my menus as a child and let my family order, and then I went into the kitchen to cook whatever they wanted.”

From Miami to Cayman and back again, now deepening his connection with the land and its bounty at Rancho Patel and in Homestead at large foraging its small farms, it’s time to celebrate what we crave most about Niven’s kitchen.  His passion and curiosity is infectious, with the whole restaurant lighting up when his own harvest turns up on the menu.  For young cooks dreaming of one day becoming a chef, Patel offers some words of wisdom, cultivated over his many years of due diligence, “Be inquisitive. Every time there is something you don’t know, research it, look it up”. Clearly the success of the highly disciplined Niven proves that the chef is guided by his own advice.