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Charles St.: Affordable, NYC-Style Bistro Now Open in the Boulan South Beach

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Give a warm South Beach welcome to Charles St., the newest (and possibly most affordable) addition to Collins Avenue. The 70-seat, New York-inspired eatery officially opens this morning on the ground floor of the Boulan South Beach.

It offers classic American fare with an international twist, specialty cocktails, and an extensive wine list -- all at a price point below that of nearby spots such as the Forge and the Setai. The doors opened at 7 a.m., so the place is ready just in time to greet a gaggle of hungry WMC revelers.

See also:
- Charles St. Coming to Boulan South Beach Hotel

A collaborative project by Maso Hospitality Group & NYC-based THINK Hospitality, the concept was dreamed up by Miami native and Maso founder Ken Ray.

"We really wanted to do something easier -- a go-to kind of place instead of another super-high-end restaurant in this area," Ray says. The idea is a NYC-style restaurant -- "great-quality food, great service" -- but without the hefty price.

As far as food, the menu is under the direction of chef Wolfgang Birk, Maso's culinary director, and includes selections such as chocolate French toast for breakfast, salmon burgers for lunch, and homemade chicken potpies for dinner, along with quinoa fried rice, biscuits and gravy, charred octopus salad, tuna tartare, and lots of other Americanized options with a multicultural flair.

Breakfast prices range from $8 to $12, lunch items run $12 to $18, and dinner entrées $15 to $26.

There's also a wine list of 35 to 40 bottles, as well as signature cocktails such as a Bourbon Fizz, some gin-based drinks, and other classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. Signature cocktails cost $12, and well drinks start around $9. Not bad for that neighborhood.

"For the interior décor, we were really going for a New York feel but mixed with Miami. That's why we picked the colors we did. It's got the large communal bar and cozy seating, but it's not that typical gastropub type of feel everyone seems to be doing lately with bricks and wood," Ray says.

"We want to be a place where a group of ten girls can go out to dinner and not have to drop $500." 

As of this morning, Charles St. will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m., serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late-night slider menu, with future plans for weekend brunch. (We can never have too many brunch options, after all.)

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