From its early days as a cozy Venetian ristorante, the original Harry’s Bar that Giuseppe Cipriani opened in 1931 was a magnet for celebrity expats like Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote. In the decades since, the Ciprianis have spun their magic around the globe with outposts in jet-set locales including London, Monte Carlo, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles. In May, fourth-generation Cipriani brothers Ignazio and Maggio opened their 20th location at the appropriately named Icon Brickell.
Ambience: The bayside setting is one of the most stunning in Miami, with sunlight flooding the high-ceilinged room in the day and Murano glass chandeliers providing a sparkling glow at night. Crisp white linen tablecloths and napkins edged in royal blue play off the vintage ocean liner motif with porthole windows of stainless steel set into shiny, walnut walls. The patrons, too, shimmer with tanned skin and expensive watches. Cushy white leather banquettes and tables so close you can clink glasses with your neighbors lend a convivial feel. This is indeed the place to be seen.
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