Schwartz’s Miami Spice is Twice as Nice with Michael’s Genuine & Cypress Tavern

Prawn Perks! Cypress Tavern's Supplements at a special price include this wood-roasted giant!

Prawn Perks! Cypress Tavern’s Supplements at a special price include one of these wood-roasted giants!

It’s never too early to start planning your Miami Spice must-visit list come August 1, so we have our menus ready to throw into the ring!  Value and variety make it twice as nice in 2016 at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink and Cypress Tavern, where Michael and our chefs will offer quality ingredients, favorite dishes and new items for Spice Dinner at two of The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants in the Miami Design District.  We’re ready for your report cards!

“For me, Spice is about doing it right or not doing it at all,” Michael explains. “It’s important we create a well balanced offering that showcases the best of our menus with what’s available during summer, and to encourage the chefs to use it as a platform to introduce new dishes and get creative within the boundaries of the format. We look closely at what makes the most sense to execute with the greatest benefit to our guests.”

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Click for MGFD’s full sample menu!

This year during the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual restaurant promotion from August 1 to September 30, Chef’s flagship neighborhood bistro, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, will offer Spice Dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday.  Spice Dinner will also be available Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at Cypress Tavern, his American Grill & Cocktail Bar.

In addition to the choice of 3-courses included in Miami Spice for $39, each restaurant will also run a selection of dishes from its regular menu as optional supplements exclusive for Miami Spice takers at special prices.  The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier Amanda Fraga will feature a cocktail at both locations for $10, with accessible wines highlighted from the wine list for convenience on the back of the Spice menu. Pricing is not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and menus will change regularly throughout the two months to fully embrace the program the genuine way.

Michael’s Genuine (130 NE 40th Street) and Executive Chef Bradley Herron will kick off dinner with a choice of Appetizers including Grilled Peaches with stracciatella, arugula pesto and saba, Wood Roasted Florida Shrimp with shaved fennel, citrus, and basil, or Beef Tongue a la Plancha with whipped potato and salsa verde; Entrées include Housemade Bucatini with rabbit bolognese, porcini fondue, thyme, Wood Oven Roasted Snapper with chorizo, crushed tomato, chickpeas, saffron aioli, and sourdough crostini, or Slow Roasted Short Rib with calabaza purée, charred & pickled onions, and pumpkin seeds; Dessert brings Vanilla Kulfi with mango, rosewater-ginger syrup, and pistachios, Chocolate Mousse with salted caramel, housemade marshmallows, and peanut butter crumble, or Cheese with accompaniments including apricot-saffron jam and walnut raisin bread.  Dishes that guests love to order to share were chosen as Supplements showcase essential parts of the Genuine experience, with the benefit of savings off the regular price. Guests can complement their meal with Black Truffle Pizza from the wood burning oven with taleggio, caramelized onions, and thyme ($17), and from Michael’s now iconic raw bar, a Miami Spice Platter of 
four oysters, four clams, shrimp cocktail, today’s ceviche ($29.)

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Click for the full Cypress Tavern sample menu.

Down the street, Cypress Tavern (3620 NE 2nd Avenue) Chef de Cuisine Max Makowski begins with Appetizers including Gem Lettuce with Florida citrus, pistachio, and aged goat cheese, Tuna Crudo with fresno chili, avocado, lime, or Grilled Beans with harissa vinaigrette, marcona almond, and crispy leeks; Entrées feature Grilled Hanger Steak with corn, grilled leeks, and confit potato, Local Fish with wood grilled summer squash and herb nage, or Wood Grilled Leg of Lamb with gigante bean, roasted tomato, and cipollini onions, or the simple perfection of the restaurant’s sought after Cypress Burger with onion marmalade, Jasper Hill Landaff, and thrice cooked fries; Dessert finishes sweetly with Apple Galette topped with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel, Chocolate Pot de Crème with whipped cream and brioche croutons, or Cheese Plate with apple chutney, spiced nuts, and honey.  Supplements are favorites including Wood Grilled Giant Prawn with roasted chile salsa ($17) and Duck Confit with French lentils and bitter greens ($16.)

For more information, menu items and photos as they are updated throughout Miami Spice, please visit our Miami Spice page here and follow #genuinemiamispice on Instagram. To make a reservation at Michael’s Genuine, email or call 305.573.5500. For Cypress Tavern, email or call 305.520.5197.

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