Michelle Bernstein's Sra. Martinez exudes warmth and modernity. When you walk through the commanding front door of the former 1920s post office that houses the restaurant, you're struck by bold red, black, and white accents in the dining room. Immediately, your eye is drawn to the second floor, where bright red chairs pop against the backdrop of a gray brick wall. Around the corner sits a cozy, dimly lit bar.
Huge windows and bullfighting posters cover the high walls of the main dining room. U-shaped, red-leather booths give life to the otherwise dark wood furniture. Black-and-white motifs adorn the back wall of the restaurant and the downstairs bar where diners can watch staff prep in the kitchen. Red continues to weave itself into the dining room in the form of glass lamps hanging over the bar and glass candleholders atop the bar.
The place is warm and vibrant, just like Bernstein.
4000 NE Second Ave., Miami (Design District)
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