In case you missed it, sbe absorbed Morgans Hotels at the end of last year in an $805 million deal. In addition to its legacy brands, SLS Hotels (with locations in South Beach and Brickell) and Redbury Hotels (South Beach), sbe acquired some of Miami’s most iconic properties including Delano, Mondrian and Shore Club. They’ve also scooped up The Raleigh and Townhouse Hotel, and debuted their new Hyde Hotel & Residences concept in Hollywood.
That’s a lot to keep up with (if that’s the kind of thing you want to keep up with). So far, none of these properties have undergone any serious redesign or transformation to common areas or guest rooms, but they have introduced a few new food and beverage options that we think you should know about.
At the Delano (1685 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305-672-2000), Bianca is out and Leynia, an Argentine-Japanese fusion concept by Chef Jose Icardi, is in. Standout dishes include the thin, crispy, lighter-than-air tuna pizza with anchovy aioli and truffle, smoked salmon cone with wasabi and caviar and their selection of savory empanadas. On the grill, the chorizo and grilled ribeye with chimichurri doesn’t disappoint. Starters, salads, sides and sushi range from $8-$25, while larger grilled items range from $15-$65.
The subterranean lounge FDR (formerly The Florida Room) is shuttered in anticipation of a new concept. In the meantime, Bianca’s former indoor dining room is transformed into the velvet-draped, neon-lit Doheny Room, which originally debuted as a party spot in West Hollywood. In South Beach, Doheny is another scenester, velvet rope hotspot for the young and beautiful to let loose in an intimate setting to the beat of a live DJ. Cocktails are priced to match.
The lobby’s longtime Umi Sushi & Sake Bar and Rose Bar remain intact.
Ever since Bond Street Sushi left the building years ago, nothing much has been going on at Townhouse (150 20th St., South Beach; 305-534-3800), a budget-friendly South Beach boutique hotel (current nightly rates start at $80 compared to Delano’s $250) in the shadow of The Setai. That is, until K. Ramen. Burger. Beer. entered the building. It occupies the same gritty, but hip subterranean space as Bond Street, and features a crave-worthy dinner menu (which is pretty easy to deduce based on its name) and priced for locals (most dishes are hearty and between $9-$18).
Our advice: divide and conquer using each of the highlighted dishes on the menu as your guide. Start with the self-described “soooooo good!” chicken wings (they are!) and then move onto the tuna poke bowl and the signature K Burger made on a fluffy brioche and smothered in the “chef’s creamy sauce” and American cheese with caramelized onions. Any of the ramen bowls will do the trick, from lobster to pork and vegetarian.
Townhouse also activated the hotel’s rooftop with The Cape, which should be added to the list of South Beach hidden gems. It’s a breezy bar inspired by Key Biscayne with both Art Deco and New England whiffs to its ramshackle decor. Positioning itself as a chill cocktail bar without the velvet rope hastle, there’s often chill live music to match the scene. Cocktails are priced at $13