Just like the long-awaited Springtime thaw, Winter Music Conference is fast approaching. Later this month, Electronic Dance Music (EDM, to its friends) will shower the lives of South Beach dwellers and visitors with sick beats, club events, rockin’ pool parties, and more.
Between dances, demo listens, and DJ spin-offs, however, even the hardest party people gotta eat. Consider this your WMC Survivor’s Guide to the best area restaurants whose character and atmosphere embody various EDM genres.
House Music – Bagatelle Miami
House is one of the most popular and recognizable forms of EDM and Bagatelle is its culinary world equivalent. With outposts in New York, St Barth, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, St Tropez, and Dubai- Bagatelle Miami just recently opened to the delight of globetrotters, neighbors, foodies, celebrities and tastemakers everywhere.
Signature dishes include: Tartare de Thon and Gnocchis Truffes a la Parisienne. (2100 Collins Avenue)
Techno – Siena Tavern Miami
One of the genres that’s been around the longest, techno injects soul into its deep digital sounds. Similarly Siena Tavern, housed in an historic Art Deco building in the heart of South Beach, offers diners an experience that is simultaneously comfortable, vibrant and social.
Signature dishes include: Wagyu Beef Meatball and Housemade Gnocchi. (404 Washington Avenue)
Trance – Seaspice
Trance is one of the most emotional jerking genres because of its building up of melodic tunes and its repetitive synths and no other location encapsulates those feelings more than Seaspice on the Miami river. Patrons can arrive by boat and sit by the water with the stunning Miami skyline or inside under the one-of-a-kind installation by Artist Carlos Betancourt.
Signature dishes include: Australian Rack of Lamb and Alaskan King Crab Linguini. (422 NW North River Drive)
Down Tempo – Coya
With slower paced tracks steeped in dance music, the relaxing, often sensual and romantic feel of Down Tempo is a perfect soundtrack for Coya. Coya is a journey of the senses designed to take guests on a culinary adventure exploring the multi-dimensional flavors of Peru. From the food and drink presentation to the menu and décor, Coya invites both local residents and seasonal visitors to Miami to join in its celebration of an ancient, vibrant culture and cuisine.
Signature dishes include: Calamares Fritos con Ocopa and Solomillo de Res. (999 Brickell Avenue)
Drum & Bass – Cecconi’s
Originating in England, Drum and Bass’s obvious emphasis on the drum work and bassline gives it its name. Similarly Cecconi’s is inspired by the original London location that was founded in 1978, and resides in the recently renovated Art Deco Sovereign Hotel now Soho Beach House. Cecconi’s offers superior service that entices the discerning tastes of its fellow Miami denizens and savvy visitors alike.
Signature dishes include: Plin Agnolotti and Pappardelle with Duck Ragu. (4385 Collins Avenue)
Moombahton – The District
Moombahton is an eclectic mix of house music and reggaeton and The District Miami embodies the best dishes of North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, crafted by James Beard Foundation semifinalist, Chef Horacio Rivadero. The District Miami incorporates fresh and locally driven ingredients in each dish in order to take guests through a culinary journey of contemporary Pan-American cuisine.
Signature dishes include: Curry Tacu Tacu & Afro Cuban Pork. (190 NE 46 Street)