Michael’s Genuine® Cleveland Launches Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day, May 12

We take brunch seriously.  Seriously fun!  It’s hard to imagine that in October we will celebrate 10 years of brunch service at our flagship restaurant in Miami.  Our favorite weekend pastime at Michael’s Genuine launched a year and a half after opening.  Chef took his time figuring it out, but he knew what he didn’t want — Sunday wasn’t going to be a line of glowing red lamps.  After a whirlwind of planning, our busiest service yet shifted into gear on October 25, 2009 and hasn’t let up since.  Now it’s time for Cleveland to join the party, with chef de cuisine Vinnie Cimino in the driver’s seat, and we aren’t wasting any time greasing the wheels.  Expect the unexpected, beginning Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12!  Click the menu below for a preview.

“Brunch is my favorite meal of the week and always an opportunity to go for it, so why not make food to order and bring the buffet to guests at the table,” says Michael. “It’s a marathon service for the kitchen, but we are better for it and can have some fun making a new menu each week.  The challenge keeps things dialed in — thinking of new ways to approach things and to utilize ingredients.  It’s interesting for Cleveland, because we kind of know what we are doing now with this format. We are really excited to share something we have grown to love with Cleveland and see how they respond!”

Beginning this Sunday, 10:30am – 2:30pm, enjoy our weekly Brunch service including savory and sweet small plates, and special Brunch cocktails like our signature Kimchi Bloody Mary with vodka, kimchi and skewered rock shrimp — the best!  For a look back at our OG Brunch, five years in, click here.  To make a reservation, visit our website.

 

Amara at Paraiso Brings the Latin Flavor to the World Cup Finals on the Big Screen for Sunday Brunch

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Just watch us… We’re bringing the Latin flavor back to the World Cup this Sunday.  As we roll out the brunch carts, we’re popping up a big screen on the Amara at Paraiso beach.  From 11am until its over on July 15, you won’t miss any of the action when we have the World Cup Finals playing outside. Tables on our terrace and couches on the beach will have full access to our brunch menu.  Those of you just joining to watch the game and grab a drink or a few can enjoy our outdoor bar with select cocktails, wine and beer for purchase including the following drink specials. Hungry for more? Make a brunch reservation from 11-3pm here or join us as a walk-in.

$10 COCKTAILS
– T&T El Tesoro reposado tequila, Campari, tamarind, lemon, agave, orange zest salt
– Old Cuban Bacardi 4 yrs rum, mint, bubbles

$15 CHAMPAGNE BY THE GLASS
– Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label”

BEER
– $20 Buckets of Cusqueña (5 bottles)

Amara at Paraiso Launches Brunch A La Cart This Sunday

Amara at Paraiso, the latest addition to the genuine family and quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant is ready to up Miami’s brunch game. Known for reinventing our favorite weekend pastime, Michael launches Sunday Brunch on February 11 with an energized new format featuring sweet and savory food carts.  Guests can order as they like and pick and choose from weekly specials tableside as they roam the dining room and terrace throughout the meal.  Located directly on Biscayne Bay in the Paraiso District of East Edgewater, Amara at Paraiso will offer brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., cultivating a distinctly Miami vibe.

“Brunch is my favorite meal of the week and always an opportunity to go for it,” explains Schwartz. “At Amara, we were excited to have some fun with the new format. The flavors are big and the food we are doing plays very well in daytime. The amazing view is the last ingredient for the quintessential brunch experience.”

At the table, guests will be presented with printed a la carte menus from which to order drinks and food, and will then be visited by sweet and savory food carts with more from which to choose. Servers will mark orders from the cart on a card at the table to be tallied with the check at the end of the meal. Sweet items include delicate and decadent Arroz Con Leche ($6) with toasted coconut, macadamia nut, pineapple; Concha ($5) a streusel- topped brioche pastry with Mexican roots served with dulce de leche; Amara dessert favorite Dulce Flan ($10) with dulce de leche and crema; and Guava Toast ($7) Griddled brioche, crème fraiche. Savory carts will carry items like a Tilefish Taco ($5) chayote squash salad, lime, smoked paprika aioli; Grilled Pork Belly Feijoada ($6) braised red beans, egg, crunchy cassava; and Waygu Beef Tartare ($8) quail egg, green papaya, cashew, lime.

The a la carte menu offers Snacks, Raw Bar, Empanadas, Small Plates and Large Plates. Snacks include addictive Crispy Hominy ($7) with verde spice and lime; and Whipped Carrot ($7) with green garbanzo, crème fraiche, and seeded crisp. Small Plates include Overnight Oats ($10) with sweet plantain, apricot, cashew; and Turmeric & Beet- Cured Salmon ($14) crème fraîche, corn flour cracker, hard-boiled egg. Large Plates include the juicy Choripan sandwich off the outdoor wood grill with housemade chorizo farm egg, vinaigrette smoked paprika aioli; a hearty Amara Breakfast ($18) highlighting slow-cooked meaty Domingo Rojo beans, two fried eggs, short rib empanada, chorizo, avocado; Egg White Omelete ($16) with hominy, green garbanzo beans, calabaza squash, queso fresco, fermented chile hot sauce; and Short Rib Tamal ($15) with grilled spicy shrimp, fried egg, pickles, cascabel chile paste.

Brunch drinks from Assistant General Manager Maria Pottage offer a vibrant and refreshing celebration of Amara’s extensive agua fresca and freshly-squeezed juice program that invites the guest to craft their own journey. Bottomless Tropical Sparkling ($30 per person) includes sparkling wine plus the guest’s choice of mixer (guava, strawberry basil, grapefruit, passionfruit, chile-mango). Spiked Fresca (1L bottle equals 4 drinks for $44 or a glass for $12) pairs a choice of spirit with a carafe of Agua Fresca like Hibiscus, Purple Corn (Chicha Morada), Tamarind, and Horchata. In addition to Champagne and Rosé bottle specials, Brunch Cocktails include solid twists on standards like Bloody Mary-a ($12) Hangar One vodka or Milagro Blanco tequila, tomato, cucumber, celery, lemon, aji panca, aji amarillo salt; and the E.L. Michelada ($9) with local blonde ale Wynwood La Rubia, lime, Mexican spices, Amara hot sauce; as well as specialties of the house including Woke Up Like This ($12) St Germain, coconut water, lychee, lemon, bubbles; and Let’s Samba ($13) Yaguara cachaça, passion fruit, lime, demerara, mint, and more.

Brunch will be offered every Sunday starting February 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music from Grammy- nominated Miami band PALO!. Amara at Paraiso is located at 3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137. $5 valet is available. For reservations visit amaraatparaiso.com, email reservations@amaraatparaiso.com or call 305-702- 5528. Amara is a breathtaking venue for private parties and events; for groups larger than 12 guests email lindsay@michaelschwartzevents.com. More information and menus at amaraatparaiso.com and via @amaraatparaiso on social media.

Ladies First | Cypress Tavern’s Jazz Brunch Debuts Mother’s Day

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Hanger Steak is wood grilled and served with fingerling potato and ramp hash, and topped with a fried egg.

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Marcus Grant on drums leads the trio.

It’s all that Jazz, and then some at Cypress Tavern.  Michael’s American Grill & Cocktail Bar is setting a new standard celebrating Mom with a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch from 11am-3pm on Sunday, May 8. Live music by the “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio will accompany a set menu including 3 courses each, with multiple dishes per course to share.  The restaurant’s a la carte menu will also be available, as well as an optional bottomless Bloody Mary or sparkling cocktail supplement.  Sunday’s festivities kick off a weekly Saturday Jazz Brunch beginning the following weekend, on May 14.  Reservations are always recommended at reservations@cypresstavern.com or 305.520.5197.

The Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio includes Ken Ge (bass), Nick Benitez (trumpet), and leader Marcus Grant (drums), who hails from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  Sunday’s Mother’s Day menu is subject to change as follows. Celebrate the special ladies in our lives that do it all for their families each and every day of the year, and deserve it all.

First
Lobster Avocado Toast
Citrus-Endive Salad – pistachio, aged goat cheese

Second
Crab Benedict – dill hollandaise
Grilled Hanger Steak – fingerling potato & ramp hash, fried egg
Wild Mushroom Rice Cake – herb aioli, shaved summer truffle, fried egg

Third
Kulfi – confit citrus, pistachio
French toast – fig compote, pistachio, crème fraîche

Executive Chef Michael Schwartz
Chef de Cuisine Max Makowski
$49.00 plus tax and gratuity per person (half price for children under 12)
Endless Bloody Marys or sparkling cocktail – $20 additional

 

[VIDEO] You’ve Got a Weekend Brunch at Cypress Tavern

We were itching for our first brunch at Cypress Tavern the moment we decided to go for it on both Saturday and Sunday.  Getting the restaurant off the ground was fast and furious so dinner naturally was a priority for training.  With the chefs working double time on menus and getting ready for service, brunch came together in as organized a way as on-the-fly can get thanks to technology and a good deal of old fashioned face time.   With menus set and plenty of feedback from the team thanks to patient chefs (more eggs please? more… everything, please?), we knew it was going to be good, but what would it taste and look like?  We decided to make a video at this past Saturday’s first service to find out.

Big thank you to Gio Gutierrez for shooting our footage, always there to jump in when his technology skills are needed.  We hope you enjoy this first taste of what is going down during brunch at Cypress Tavern.

IMG_8632 (1)On the weekends, 18 Savory ($8-22) plates escalating in size offer guests flexibility to craft their brunch experience, whether it’s starting with oysters and the Lobster Omelet with fine herbs (15), or Bibb Lettuce Salad with heirloom tomato, radish, black olive, and creamy Meyer lemon dressing (8) and Eggs en Cocotte with spicy tomato, chickpeas, cilantro, scallion and grilled sourdough (14). Today’s Rotisserie (18) features a special spit-roasted protein, like lamb shoulder, served with roasted potatoes and Meyer lemon salsa verde. Extras (8) including thrice-cooked fries, breakfast sausage and wood grilled asparagus are there when you need them. Seven Sweet ($8-19) dishes delicately touch on all the brunch sweet spots like French Toast with fig compote, pistachio, and crème fraîche (12) and Buttermilk Pancakes with smoked Maldon salt, whipped butter and maple syrup (11). The Chocolate Pot de Crème is a silken stunner, served with toasty, sugared brioche cubes (12).

For dinner menu, full bar offerings including special cocktails for both Dinner and Brunch, and to make a reservation, please visit cypresstavern.com.  Cypress Tavern is located at 3620 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami’s Design District and welcomes walk-ins but encourages reservations at reservations@cypresstavern.com and 305.520.5197. Hours of operation are Dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 6-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 12 a.m., and Sunday until 10 p.m, and Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed Monday. $5 Design District Valet is available, as well as street parking in the city lot in between 37th and 38th street.