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Jean-Georges' Matador Room Takes Charge of Its Lavish Surroundings

Before it was a month old, Matador Room was named one of the best places to dine among celebrities in the United States by CNN.com. But star diners such as Linda Evangelista and David Schwimmer are just one of many reasons the restaurant has been generating so much buzz. It also shares real estate with an LED-lit indoor ice-skating rink, a bowling alley, and a popular nightclub (Basement). And it's located inside hotelier Ian Schrager's sleek Miami Beach Edition (formerly the Seville Beach Hotel). For those unfamiliar with his work, Schrager cofounded New York's Studio 54 and opened the Delano Hotel.

But when all is said and done, the restaurant is about the food. And Matador Room is almost as ambitious as the Edition hotel itself. After all, at the helm is Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the Michelin-starred chef/entrepreneur whose empire includes nearly 30 restaurants from Chicago to Tokyo.

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Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal. She has lived in Manhattan and Miami. Her favorite part of food writing is learning the stories of chefs and restaurateurs.