Welcoming a Happy Hour to Cypress Tavern with New Snack Menu & Summer Cocktails

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The Cypress Tavern_Back of MenuCheers to summer.  Today Cypress Tavern introduces its first Happy Hour, featuring half price signature cocktails, beer and wine by the glass with chef de cuisine Max Makowski’s all new snack menu which will be available both at the bar and in the dining room.  Visit Michael’s American Grill & Cocktail Bar Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 8pm to toast over  Spiced Marcona Almonds (5), Marinated Olives (5), Mini Cypress Burgers with Jasper Hill Landaff and onion marmalade (9), Shrimp Fritters with chili lime aioli (8), and Potato Chips with creamy leek dipping sauce (7).  Take a dip into four new cocktails for the occasion, as we welcome the new season with a little refreshment, including:  SPICE OF LIFE Tequila Ocho Blanco, Sombra Mezcal, watermelon cordial, scotch bonnet agave (13), PINEAPPLE PISCO SOUR Pisco Waqar, lime, pineapple, egg white (13),  HEMINGWAY OLD FASHIONED Avion Silver, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, grapefruit bitters (13), and MILLIONS OF PEACHES Glenlivet 15 yr, Stills Crossroads ‘Shine, lemon, peach oolong, honey (14).

“Summer cocktails shouldn’t just be for poolside enjoyment,” shares Amanda Fraga, beverage manager at The Genuine Hospitality Group. “The thinking here was to liven the list by adding fruit in interesting ways. We chose a grassy, bright spirit like Pisco in a Pineapple Pisco Sour for a result that is neither sticky nor sweet, and shines with the classic combination of pineapple and lime. Peaches are finally coming in, so we wanted to celebrate that with a play on sweet tea. Jojo’s oolong brings a floral, nutty balance to mellow this fragrant stone fruit and its orchards full of ‘Millions of Peaches’.”

See you at the bar or make a reservation by emailing reservations@cypresstavern.com or calling 305.520.5197. For our a current list of The Genuine Hospitality Group Happy Hours, visit our Genuine Happy Crawl post.  There’s plenty of cheers to go around!

Genuine Memorial Day Weekend Hours & Parking in the Miami Design District


Our neighborhood is always changing… a good thing! Here are some parking tips and new options for your next visit to the Miami Design District.  Westerly access to 40th Street at NE 1st Avenue is currently closed for construction. Who knows… you may develop a new approach worth sticking with!

– New Position of 40th Street Valet: Accessible from NE 2nd Avenue, enter 40th Street and find $5 Design District valet now located on the north (right) side of the street across from its usual position in front of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink.
– 1st Avenue Valet at 40th Street: Accessible from the north and south, 1st Avenue’s valet is located by Tom Ford.
– 39th Street Valet: Accessible from the east and west, 39th Street’s valet is located in front of Louis Vuitton.
– Covered Garage Parking: The Palm Court Parking Garage is open from 9 am to 9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday, $3 for the first 4 hours, $6 for 4-6 hours, and $25 for 6+ hours, with the entrance located on NE 38th Street. Retail shops will be open in Palm Court on Sunday and Monday.
– Street Parking: Pay by Phone meters and coded signs abound in the grid!

Questions or concerns? Please contact the restaurants by phone (numbers and holiday hours below) or Director of Operations Charles Bell via email at charles@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com. He’s there to help make it better. Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend from all of us at The Genuine Hospitality Group!

MGFD_MIA_RMichael’s Genuine | fresh, simple, pure

130 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Sunday, May 29
Brunch 11am to 3pm
Dinner 5:30 to 11:00pm

Monday, May 30
Lunch 11:30am to 3pm
Afternoon 3 to 5:30pm
Dinner 5:30 to 10pm

Harry's Logo_RHarry’s Pizzeria |
Neighborhood American



3918 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL  33127

21760934339_98cc81d159_k 2996 McFarlane Road
Coconut Grove, FL  33133

Both locations:

Sunday, May 29
All Day 11:30am to 11:00pm

Monday, May 30
All Day 11:30am to 10pm

Cypress Tavern logo blackCypress Tavern | American Grill & Cocktail Bar

3620 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

Sunday, May 29
Brunch 11am to 3pm
Dinner 6 to 10pm

Monday, May 30

Ella_logo_palmsella | light and airy café

140 Northeast 39th Street, Palm Court
Miami, FL 33137

Sunday, May 29
All Day 12 to 5pm

Monday, May 30
All Day 9am to 7pm


From Quinoa Country to Small Town Mexico: Finding Hugo in a Portrait of Immokalee


Hugo Miranda connected with Immokalee on the first visit.  He had heard friends talking about a town that resembled Mexico, two hours west of Miami, but he couldn’t imagine what that would look like.  Then one night a few months ago, he was at Harry’s making pizzas, in his spot on the oven station that he’s held down since the day the Design District restaurant opened, and a familiar face walked through the door.  Lucas Benitez and his family made themselves at home on table 11, and Hugo couldn’t believe his eyes.  The co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers had come to the pizzeria, to him.  Hugo had seen him talk, heard his speeches advocating for the migrant workers and their rights, when the slave trade rings were busted in early 2000s.   He had always been inspired, but this was a sign. It was at that moment he decided to make a visit to Little Mexico.

“It’s something that just called me, and it’s only 2 hours away,” he explained on a recent morning at Harry’s over fruta cristalizada from the market. “Wow, it was magic.  They have a radio station 107.7, and I’m listening as I arrive on a Wednesday night.  It’s their open assembly, so I go and sit among the crowd.  They were showing a Cantinflas movie, and we were all laughing.  There was a beautiful vibe and big giant murals.”

El Amanecer (Kowa/Six)

El Amanecer (dawn) (Kowa/Six)

Coffee and sweet bread was served, and Hugo’s favorite thing, Mexican pumpkin empanadas.  He thinks he must have eaten three of them.  In addition to the good food and company, a photography lead.  That evening he wouldn’t bring his big camera, a Japanese-made, medium format Kowa/Six.  First he would break ground without it, sensitive like a seasoned documentarian to how those around him might react to unsolicited intrusion. The Kowa isn’t exactly inconspicuous. No, for now he would just observe, because a chance to work his craft would come sooner than anticipated.  Around 4:30 the next morning, buses would congregate in a nearby parking lot to pick up the farmers and take them to the fields.  He would be there to capture it.


Hugo in motion, with a delivery.

It’s no surprise Hugo was drawn to this adopted homeland.  Born in Los Angeles to a Chicana mother, Maria, and raised in Oruro, a small city in west Boliva, his father’s country, Hugo has the blood of many homelands flowing through his veins.  The Quechua, Aymara and Spanish origins on his Dad’s side made his grandparents precious about food, that is to say its significance to the family, how it should be prepared and the profound influence on their identity.  In the early days it made a deep impression on Hugo. These were hard people, determined to make a life for the family, bound by a sense of pride and work ethic. They would talk to Hugo a lot about this. Grandfather Ciprián used to walk for days from the “altiplano” high plains to sell freshly-picked herbs in the city.  He made his way up in mining and knew what kind of food came from every corner of the country.   Whether it was a maid or aunt or cousin under Grandma Rosa’s direction, she could tell when quinoa was not washed seven times!  His mom would try to fool her sometimes to everyone’s delight.  Ciprián would sit with a bowl of hot steamed quinoa every morning for breakfast.  This was quinoa country.  On his mother Maria’s side, his grandma Juanita, a Tejana, spoke no English but rather to young Hugo softly through her cooking.  They forged a warm, special connection through food for the 12 years he was in California before heading south.


Hugo’s radishes make Chicken Thursdays so much brighter.

Immokalee is the ultimate source for Hugo. Its own land bears tomatoes and squash, potatoes and calabazas.  As the largest warehousing point in South Florida, product coming up from Homestead and down from the north is shuttled back out again, servicing distributors big and small.  You’ll find trucks coming in from Georgia, even Texas, to pick up.  And it’s a canvas for his portrait of a people through which he is finding himself as an artist.

Hugo started cooking here in Miami about 15 years ago and has lived in Little Havana ever since.  Before joining Harry’s, he worked at the sub shops and on and off, this and that.  Then he decided it was how he was going to make a living.  From his drives out west, Hugo has been supplying Harry’s in Design District with things like radishes that end up in Orange and Radish Salad and Wood Oven Roasted Half Chicken with Salsa Verde.  But his focus is growing Hugo’s Chiles, his small distribution business servicing Mexican establishments from taquerias and restaurants, to bodegas with pungent chiles of good quality, both fresh and dried.  It’s how Hugo’s real love, photography, is being funded.

“I was looking for a way to finance the photography thing,” he continued.  “I started with chiles.  I’d see the price, then introduce myself as cook to various stores in my neighborhood.  Most are paying about $6 a pound for bad product from some distributor.  Your nose can tell the difference. Chile de arbol, guajillos…  They smell up the car!”

Bring back memories or be inspired, like us, to make new ones.  Follow along Hugo’s travels through his vivid portraits of food and small town life at Hugo’s Chiles.  And wave hi to the guy in the bandana the next time you visit Harry’s.  You’ll never see him the same way again.


Sundown Grillout | Genuine Summer Series Spotlight

Yesterday we announced our first ever summer series with the Miami Design District, with a line up of events reimagining classic outdoor summer pastimes.  Now it’s time to grill down the details of our kickoff event.  June 10’s outdoor feast is like a greatest hits of Chef Michael’s favorites, featuring a menu of cookbook classics and then some more off Lynx Grills (and rotisseries, a pizza oven and flattop “asado” grill!)  Because it’s summer, pairings by Wines of Germany with special attention to Riesling are in order, the perfect bright complement to a fiery feast of smokey, genuine flavors.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour from 6-7PM with passed bites followed by a three-course seated dinner at farm-style tables in breezy Palm Court. The evening will feature live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio.

  • Passed Bites
    Crispy Shortrib  romesco, duchilly hazelnuts
    Slow Roasted Pork Pizza  fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula
    Wood-Grilled Florida Shrimp  dill aioli
    Ricotta Crostini  apricot thyme jam
    Local Fish Ceviche
    Classic Deviled Eggs
    Paired with 2014 Blue Fish Original Dry Riesling, Pfalz
  • First
    Florida Mangos  torn herbs, bean sprouts, peanuts, nuoc cham vinaigrette, fried onions
    Paired with 2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
  • Second
    Rotisserie Leg of Lamb served family-style   new potatoes, preserved meyer lemon, salsa verde, watercress
    Merguez lamb sausage
    Pickled red onions
    Cucumbers & yogurt
    Paired with 2012 August Kesseler “N” Pinot Noir, Rheingau
  • Dessert
    Grilled Peaches with crème fraiche, Florida honey, pistachios, and thyme.  Paired with NV Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel

Log_intern_WoG_4cPurchase your Sundown Grillout tickets here and visit the series home at michaelsgenuine.com/summerseries for the full line up and tickets, including season pass to all three events at a discounted price. Follow along at #genuinesummerseries.


Miami Design District x Genuine Summer Series | 3 Months, 3 Events, 3 Genuine Ways to Play in Palm Court

MDD palm court night

Friday Night Lights: Palm Court shines with three special events that will have you warming up to the season.

Welcome to our celebration of summer in the neighborhood.  The Miami Design District and Chef Michael Schwartz present a Genuine Summer Series, welcoming an exciting line up of events to Palm Court with food from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, presented by Lynx Grills and Wines of Germany.  Tickets are now available to all events, including discounted bundle of three, at the links below:

Season Pass [PURCHASE] 
A bundled package for all three events at a discounted price of $200 ( 15% off regular price).  Guests who purchase this ticket will automatically be added to each event guest list for check-in at the door.

WOG_SummerofRiesling_LogoSundown Grillout [PURCHASE]
Friday, June 10  from  6-9pm 
$85, plus tax and gratuity
– An outdoor feast off the grill in Palm Court featuring pairings by the Wines of Germany to highlight one of our favorite annual rituals… Summer of Riesling!
– Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites and sekt Riesling, followed by a 3-course seated dinner at farm-style tables under the palms.
– Chefs will put the meal out from cooking stations including rotisserie grills, asado flattop and pizza oven.
– Live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio.


– ricotta crostini – apricot thyme jam
– crispy shortrib – romesco, duchilly hazelnuts
– slow roasted pork pizza – fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula
– wood-grilled florida shrimp – dill aioli
– local fish ceviche
– classic deviled eggs

2014 Blue Fish Original Dry Riesling, Pfalz

Florida Mangos
torn herbs, bean sprouts, peanuts, nuoc cham vinaigrette, fried onions

2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

SECOND, served family style
Rotisserie Leg of Lamb
new potatoes, preserved meyer lemon, salsa verde, watercress
and served with merguez lamb sausage, pickled red onions, cucumbers, yogurt

2012 August Kesseler “N” Pinot Noir, Rheingau

Grilled Peaches
crème fraiche, florida honey, pistachios, thyme

NV Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel

OMG! LOGOOMG! Picnic & a Movie [PURCHASE]
Friday, July 8 from 6-9pm
$65, plus tax
– A next level outdoor dining and screening experience in the Miami Design District by the folks who brought you OMG! Dinner and a Movie, O Cinema and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
– 3 MGFD food stations serving housemade pita bread with hummus, marinated vegetables, Israeli salad and tabouleh; kefte sandwiches with yogurt sauce and cilantro on a potato bun; and chicken & grilled vegetable kebabs with parsley sauce and pickled onions
– Packaged movie snack of Israeli-Spiced Popcorn to satisfy your sweet and salty theater cravings
– Beverage concession with MGFD special bottled cocktail, rosé, beer, water
– Movie beginning at sundown

Genuine Beer Court [PURCHASE]
Friday, August 12 from 6-9pm
$55, plus tax
– Our favorite local breweries pour brews befitting the season at the first ever beer court in the Miami Design District
– 3 MGFD food stations including sausage & onion hoagie with dijon mustard & sauerkraut; broccoli rabe pizza with chiles & garlic; mini burgers with secret sauce, shredded lettuce, extra cheese!
– Housemade chex mix
– Lawn games and giveaways

All menus are subject to change.