Of Jewish and Latin descent but born and raised in Miami, Chef Michelle Bernstein is intrinsic to the city's culinary scene. For this concept in Little Havana, she teams up with cocktail guru, Julio Cabrera, and the result is extraordinary. It's a vivacious place that hums with live music and a décor that transports guests through decades of history—from Cuba to the Cuban experience in Southern Florida.
The menu features such classics as lechon with steamed yuca and tangerine mojo. Specials may deviate from the norm but are exquisite in their sweet and savory blend—think seared foie gras paired with Spanish French toast, maduros and maple syrup. Digestifs, like the Hotel Nacional with pineapple rum and apricot liqueur, are a fine way to quench the affair.