Who wants $40 tiny dishes and formalities in fancy upscale eateries? Not chef Daniel Serfer, who will open Blue Collar this Friday in the space formerly occupied by short-lived American Noodle Bar.
A true working man's joint,it will focus a menu on contemporary American dishes from Serfer's experience in New York City, although he originally hails from Miami. There will be appetizers like shrimp and grits, pork and beans and clams "Casino", all ranging in price from $6 to $14.
Entrees like chicken cordon bleu with mashed potatoes and green beans and New York strip steak with house fries and aioli range from $11 to $30. Burgers, salads and pastas are included from $6 to 18.
Don't worry vegetarians, there is even a daily rotating "VEG" chalkboard of over 20 vegetable sides, all for $4.
"Everyone that comes to the Blue Collar should feel like we are old friends," says Serfer. "The menu is super fun, approachable, and diverse enough to have offerings for everyone, even vegetarians."
For the booze hounds, there is a moderately-priced beer and wine selection, from $3 PBR cans to bottles of Killer White Burgundy Pouilly Fuisse by Girardin at $50.
The decor of the restaurant sticks to casual comfort, deriving inspiration from Serfer's favorite locals-only spots in NYC. Designed by Amanda Rice, the interior is dressed in relaxing charcoal grays and blues to evoke the feel of vintage denim and worn leather, kind of like your favorite pair of jeans.
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Located at 6730 Biscayne Boulevard, the place is small and intimate, but it's meant to be that way, with an indoor seating area of 20, and an outdoor area seating 18.
They also do catering and are open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.