Traymore by Michael Schwartz Unveils Sling Bar, a Night Market Cocktail Bar at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Ocean Drive’s The List Party presided for official opening festivities last night.

Miami Beach has a new hideaway for a fresh taste of the exotic. Sling Bar, a night market cocktail bar opens tonight at Traymore by Michael Schwartz in the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach.  Cocktails and bar snacks are inspired by the many flavors of Singapore, highlighting the bold and diverse food cultures of Southeast Asia that converge in the global city’s many festive night markets.  Set within the restaurant’s lush and tropical environment, Sling Bar’s energy is immersive, from its “hot coral” orange neon SLING sign, to an evocative video installation portraying circadian rhythms and the juxtaposition of their experience in nature and urban environments.

“Sling Bar is a great addition to the Traymore by Michael Schwartz experience,” says Schwartz. “Singapore is such a vibrant intersection of food cultures — I was able to experience its energy on a recent trip and was inspired by drinks, dishes and even new ingredients that have influenced the menu and cocktail recipes. We are excited to give guests an opportunity to taste something different on a visit to the property, whether joining us for a quick bite and drink at happy hour or making a night of it to dine at the bar.”

Chefs Negron and Schwartz making it taste and look great last night!

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From light and refreshing to spirit forward and festive, Sling Bar’s cocktail program is inspired by night market flavors and highlights classic Asian cocktails with a Miami Beach inspired twist. Described as “culinary cocktails” Sling Bar’s libations are designed to be uncomplicated and perfectly paired with bar bites. In the ultimate homage to its name, the ‘SB Sling’ is Sling Bar’s preeminent cocktail and features Bombay East Gin, Benedictine PF Orange Curaçao, pineapple, lime and cherry cordial. Other cocktail menu highlights include the ‘Curry Colada’ with Havana Club Rum, Velvet Falernum, curry syrup, coconut creme, lime, passion fruit and the ‘Banana Daiquiri’ featuring Havana Club Rum, Craigellachie 13 Scotch, banana, lime and coconut.

Executive Chef Jorge Negron was inspired by traditional Singaporean street food flavors and culture when developing new menu items for the bar, incorporating craveable snacks and plates that speak to the diversity of cuisines from Malaysia and India to China and Indonesia inhabiting its neighborhoods. Presentation is simple and convivial, perfect for sharing and pairing with the cocktail list. Menu highlights include the Chicken Satay with peanut sauce, Steamed Snapper Dumplings with garlic oil, coconut sauce, the Young Coconut Salad – curry chicken, rice crisps and the Singaporean Style Stone Crabs seasoned with parsley green onions.

Sling Bar’s food complements Michael Schwartz’s menu at Traymore and celebrates in-season, local ingredients, in line with COMO’s award-winning restaurants worldwide which embrace sustainable sources and pay homage to the flavors of their different locations.

Sling Bar is located at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, 2445 Collins Ave and offers complimentary valet. Find Traymore by Michael Schwartz and its new cocktail bar at
LUCKYRICE MIAMI tonight Thursday, November 21 from 7-10PM SLS South Beach.  For more information visit traymoremiamibeach.com and comohotels.com. Follow Sling Bar on social media at @SlingBarMiami and follow Traymore by Michael Schwartz @TraymoreMiamiBeach.

Fi’lia-ing the Love | Michael’s First Italian Concept Opens Wednesday at SLS Brickell

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Puttanesca! My personal favorite pizza, with Pistachio Pesto not far behind.

Meet the newest member of The Genuine Hospitality Group family.  Our beloved James Beard Award-winning Chef and Restaurateur now brings his straightforward approach to ingredient-driven Italian cuisine from the hearth with Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz!  Click here to make a reservation.

The restaurant opens for dinner Wednesday, October 26 at the corner of South Miami Avenue and 13th Street at the brand new SLS Brickell Hotel (1300 South Miami Avenue) in the heart of the neighborhood.  Breakfast and lunch begin the following day.  Valet is available at the hotel entrance off 14th Street connected to the restaurant through its lobby, supplemented with metered parking and street entrance on South Miami Avenue.  Fi’lia is managed and operated under the Disruptive Restaurant Group umbrella of sbe.

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“Fi’lia is ‘honest Italian,’ an expression of the simplicity that I love about this style of food,” Chef explains. “It’s not specific to a particular region. This is the way I like to cook and eat Italian — straightforward and with handmade touches.”

In keeping with Schwartz’s ethos that good food should speak for itself, the premium at Fi’lia is unpretentious food and the experience to match, highlighting the freshest ingredients from the hearth and the attention to warm hospitality for which he’s known.  

Chef and Tim getting their pasta on!

Chef and Tim getting their pasta on!

I overheard this sformato (like a savory Italian custard on the delicate cakey side) with pecorino crema "a memory"... a standout from the Small section.

“A memory” for sure:  sformato (like a savory Italian custard with a delicate cakey texture) with pecorino crema.

Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza comes to Fi’lia from his post as Sous Chef at Michael’s Genuine, bringing to life Schwartz’s food and approach in this new kitchen. Dinner draws guests in with irresistible Snacks including Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with stracciatella and basil and Charred Eggplant Spread on freshly grilled bread with grated bottarga. Working down the menu, dishes are conveniently listed by size, ranging from light but satisfying Small dishes like the bright Citrus Salad with pistachio and aged piave vecchio, to a bold and flavorful traditional cut in the Extra Large 42oz Bisteca Fiorentina executed simply on the wood grill with Meyer lemon and rosemary.

A special, not-to-miss part of the Fi’lia experience is its Tableside Caesar, a classic salad presented the old school way – made right in front of the table, dressing and all, which is the point – and tuned to perfection with garlic croutons toasted on the cart.

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Pillows of perfect agnolotti.

Fresh, daily-made Pastas are an important part of the menu and guests can enjoy this handmade touch in a few ways. Delicate, filled bundles of mouth-watering Corn Agnolotti are brought up with a zesty roasted lobster sauce and decadent Braised Short Rib Crespelle are Italian crepes baked to crisp, bubbly decadence with béchamel, taleggio and fontina. There is a nod to the classics in Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe with black pepper and pecorino coating the noodles with just the right amount of sauce, and a more modern approach in Bucatini with the salty, briny punch of bottarga to balance the comforting heat of chile flakes, garlic and breadcrumbs.

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Chicken in the window.

Pizza has pride of place on the menu with perennial favorites like Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil in perfect proportion and finished with the restaurant’s own first press, cold press Italian extra-virgin olive oil blend. A taste of something new comes in combinations like Leek & Potato with pancetta, rosemary and trugole, as well as Pistachio Pesto with house made ricotta, charred onion, pecorino – all of them created using the freshest ingredients and Schwartz’s signature restraint.  LargeExtra Large and Sides highlight proteins and vegetables that ground the meal, like Wood Grilled Chicken with savory bread pudding, mustard greens, pine nuts, currants.

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Samgreal, a nod to sbe Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian, featuring Grey Goose, Punzone blood orange liqueur, lemon

Nothing at Fi’lia is extraneous, especially in the beverage program.  Drinks are a personal favorite part for me, featuring Cocktails (including chilled lovely bottles of them popped at the table) and Spritz.  At the open kitchen’s bar, cocktails offered are refreshingly uncomplicated—less about complex recipes, and more about how perfect a Spritz is on a July or December afternoon.  There is a section devoted to this Italian afternoon pastime with six including Bicicletta with Campari, white wine and soda water – one of the lowest in alcohol, normally drank before getting on the bicycle and riding home for the evening.   Lacuna with Knob Creek Rye, Carpano Antica and Angostura bitters is one of the bottled delights to love.  Lupa 35 is presented in a flute with Hennessy VS, Averna, Luxardo apricot, prosecco. A beer list of craft and seasonal styles complement a focused wine list of Italian regional varietals and American wines with an old world sensibility.

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The airy décor designed by Philippe Starck also skews towards unadorned simplicity, with a focus on clean lines and unobtrusive, sleek teak furniture and vertically stacked citrus planters that frame the room. It’s a modern take on restrained elegance that allows the food to take center stage.

Fi'lia's Italian olive oil blend

Fi’lia’s Italian olive oil blend, available for sale at $23/500 ml bottle at the restaurant, along with 8oz bags of housemade semolina pasta in four shapes for $8 each.  Find out more here.

Fi’lia includes combined indoor and outdoor seating for up to 116 people and is open every day for breakfast Monday – Sunday 7-11am, lunch Monday – Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner Sunday – Thursday 5:30-10:30pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30pm – 12am, with bar menu of snacks and small dishes served daily from 3-5:30pm. To make a reservation, call 305.912.1729 or email filiamiami@sbe.com.