Hotel Astor

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    March 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Spring is in the air, bringing new beginnings and lots of restaurant openings. From small burger and beer joints to lavish multilevel dining experiences, it seems there's a new restaurant for just about everyone's taste and budget. Notable openings include 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, Danny Grant's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Hotel Astor Debuts The Downstairs

    It seems nothing is ever easy in the wild 'n' wacky world of Miami restaurants. Just ask the folks at Hotel Astor. As part of a three-pronged relaunch that seeks to regain the buzz it had in days gone by, the 1936-vintage South Beach boutique hotel last Friday unveiled The Downstairs, a subterranea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    WMC and MMW 2014: The 130 Parties Announced So Far

    Ragers, raves, getdowns, throwdowns, pool parties, boat parties, beach parties, club parties, street parties ... Yep, it's already time to get set for another bout of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week madness. Now, at the moment, with the ten-day blitz still over a month away, the WMC a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Hotel Astor's New Year's Eve Party Tonight: Albert Trummer to Mix "Prescriptions"

    Hotel Astor will be offering "prescriptions" alongside cocktails at its intimate New Year's Eve bash tonight. Don't believe us? Just ask "apotheker" Albert Trummer, who will be mixing his medicinal concoctions from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. "I found that my drinks are able to create a special mood in my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Holiday Cocktails

    Christmas is in the air. Sure it's 80 degrees out, but Miamians are making an effort to bring the North Pole to our backyard with palm trees covered in lights, Santa in Ray-Bans, and spicy cocktails that beg to be savored. These libations, made by some of the best mixologists in Miami, are the epit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    November 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Even as 2013 winds down, Miami heats up with Art Basel taking over both the beach and the mainland as thousands of people swarm to our city for parties, food, and drinks -- all in the name of art. With that, many restaurants are planning pop-ups, while others plan to open their doors this week. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Drinking Room: A Cocktail Pop-Up By Giorgio Rapicavoli at Hotel Astor

    Back in March, Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli announced he was planning a cocktail lounge next door to his Coral Gables restaurant, named Drinking Room. Rapicavoli has decided to introduce his beverage concept the same way he did his wildly successful Eating House -- with a pop-up. This time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Is Maison d'Azur Owner Trying Again In Eden South Beach Space?

    Will owner of Maison d'Azur take over the burden -- er, garden of Eden? One of my most reliable sources, Strep Throat, has passed on word that Stephan Fortier, the man behind Maison d'Azur, is planning to move an upscale French/Med restaurant into the 23rd Street space formerly occupied by Eden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    12 Top Miami Chefs Who Were Not Too Big To Fail, Part Two

    Ben FinkIt was a genuine struggle to the top​In yesterday's installment, we listed six chefs, in alphabetical order, who at one point or another in their careers encountered a flop. We continue with the remaining half-dozen:7. Chef: Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank RandazzoFlop: Water ClubTalula fo ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 3, 2011
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    September 14, 2010

    Steve Roitstein from Palo! Seen Eating... A Juban Sandwich

    Trina SargalskiPalo! at Fall for the Arts festival in September 2010​Scene Eating is a new Short Order interview column. We'll provide a glimpse into the food habits of our community, focusing on people who make living in Miami more interesting, sane, and worthwhile. If you're curious about the fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Cookbook: Nuevo Latino

    ​I received this copy of Nuevo Latino, which was first published in 1995, when I visited Douglas Rodriguez's former Aqualina restaurant in the San Juan Hotel, Puerto Rico. It was a press junket, and I got the book for free -- price says $29.95. The 168-pager has lots of Rodriguez's signature recip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Enter WDNA Sweepstakes for Guitar, Hotel Stays, iPod, and More Prizes

    via WDNA.orgMusic Director Michael Valentine with the Big Poppa E Epiphone.​WDNA is the realest Jazz station in Miami-Dade. Alright, so they're the only one. No commercials, no heavy rotation, no computers choosing what songs to play, just real DJ's selecting whatever tracks they want 7 days a wee ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 11, 2010
  • Dining

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Sneak Review of The Sneaky Year In Review

    An exceedingly short clip from next weeks' Cafe review, which will be an overview of Miami dining, 2009:Michelle Bernstein added the Omphoy in Palm Beach, Doug Rodriguez doubled his pleasure with D. Rodriguez Cuba at the Hotel Astor, and Jonathan Eismann quadrupled his on the western fringe of the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    A Dozen New Year's Eve Scenes For Under $100

    In alphabetical order:8 oz. Burger Bar: New Year's Eve After Party at 1:00 a.m. with DJ. Open all night, weekend brunch debuting 9:00 a.m. New Year's Day. 305.397.8246, No cover, $5 cocktail and beer specials.  Atrio/Level 25 at the Conrad Hilton: Four course dinner, champagne, open bar all nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    D. Rodriguez Cuba at Hotel Astor Debuts Tonight

    Photos courtesy of Diamond PRSofrito with Mariquitas (bread service)​D-Rod Cuba, as we like to call it, opens in the Hotel Astor on South Beach tonight. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. daily, and through the month of December all first-time diners will get choice of mojito or daiquiri on the house. Tapas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    The Italian Mojito

    ​Arturo Sighinolfi is the Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida. From 1996 to 2003 he tended bar at the Hotel Astor in South Beach, during which time he was selected as Miami New Times Best Bartender of 1998. Part of Arturo's job is to create new cockt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Interview: Chef Doug Rodriguez Gets The 10

    Chef Doug Rodriguez​Oft labeled the "Godfather of Nuevo Latino," bestselling author and Chef Douglas Rodriguez has also been heaped with praise by Newsweek and Zagat, among others. But folks 'round here mostly just know him as "That guy who takes the flavors of Latin America and whips them up into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Chef Douglas Rodriguez Speaks: Will Return to His Roots with New Upscale Cuban Restaurant at the Hotel Astor

    Marsha TalianoffBack in the day is coming back. That's Rodriguez on the far left.​Although he calls Miami his home, we don't often hear much about what Chef Douglas Rodriguez is up to locally.  Sure, he still owns and operates OLA in the Sanctuary Hotel (among other restaurants in Philadelph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    STK=STINK. Goodbye Brosia. Watch the pelota, Maison d'Azur.

    *As being reported on this site and others, Brosia has closed in the Design District. Lots of folks liked it, and the outdoor patio was one of the coolest, but I, for one, won't miss the wavering service and uneven cuisine.*Maison d'Azur has shut its' doors at the Astor Hotel (or is it Hotel Ast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    The 6 Best Chefs To Leave Miami

    Criteria is simple:A great chef who made his or her mark in Miami and then moved on. David Bouley doesn't qualify, as he wasn't actually doing the cooking at Evolution. Carmen Gonzalez of the departed Carmen's might make my top ten, but I don't think of her as being in quite in the same league as th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008
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    March 8, 2007


    He’s come marching home again all right, but our hurrahs are decidedly muted

  • Dining

    September 7, 2006

    The Wonder Boys

    Quattro is the upcoming season’s hottest ticket on Lincoln Road

  • Calendar

    December 22, 2005
  • Bars and Clubs

    May 12, 2005
  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Crazy Right Now

    DJ Irie cuts it up on the ones and twos

  • Finest Foods

    May 15, 2003

    Rob Boone

    Personal Best

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Letters from the issue of May 1-7, 2003

    Invoking Osama bin Laden and remembering George Zirwas

  • Dining

    April 24, 2003

    Metro Pale

    The new restaurant in the Astor can't stand up to its predecessor

  • Dining

    November 7, 2002

    Reshaping South Beach

    As chefs shift, owners settle down, along with their prices

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of July 26, 2001

  • Dining

    December 28, 2000
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    September 23, 1999
  • Calendar

    July 2, 1998

    Night & Day

    July 2 - 8, 1998

  • Calendar

    June 4, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 4 - 10, 1998

  • News

    December 21, 1995