By Victoria Pesce Elliott
Eos (“new dawn”), the inspired Mediterranean at the Icon Brickell's Viceroy Hotel, is the work of executive chef Michael Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, whose Midas touch has brought New Yorkers such golden hearths as Kefi, Mia Dona and Anthos, one of only two Michelin-starred Greek restaurants in the world.
The complex's dark, Easter Island-inspired columns may be more eerie than awe-inspiring, but the 15th-floor restaurant is a shimmeringly beautiful marriage of Aegean opulence and tropical elegance. Chandeliers constructed of dozens of marble plates look as if they might be flung across the room at any moment. And the views! ... Biscayne Bay and downtown skyline as far as the eye can see. As beautiful as it is, the seats are oddly erect and tiny, as though designed for Barbie dolls instead of actual people. But real people are exactly what you find, noon and night, enjoying the lusty flavors with hearty laughs and tinkling glasses.
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Eos Restaurant at The Viceroy Miami: Icon Brickell, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami; 305-503-0373; Hours: 7am-2pm and 6-10pm daily, later on weekends; Prices: Starters $9-$14, entrees $13-$22, shareable entrees $35-$42, dessert $6-$7.
FYI: Reservations suggested; available at opentable.com. Full bar; corkage $25. Free valet parking with validation; metered street spots. AX, DN, MC, VS.