Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Hakkasan.
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Hakkasan.
Courtesy of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and Crawdaddy Wednesdays

Happy Year of the Monkey. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Hakkasan's limited edition menu or Bazi's one-night-only five-course dinner pairing. On Tuesday, The Wynwood Yard is throwing a Mardi Gras soiree with enough crawfish, beignets, and booze to keep the party going all night. Starting this week, Crawdaddy Wednesday's at the Federal is back.  On Thursday, head back to the Yard for a happy hour acroyoga session and dinner. Eats will be offered by Della Test Kitchen and drinks will be available from Thyme.


Chinese New Year at Hakkasan
In honor of the Year of the Money, Hakkasan has created a limited edition menu available through Feb. 14. Menu items include a double boiled fresh ginseng and chicken soup with bamboo pith and wolfberry; followed by a diced Wagyu beef and pine nut cup, and a dim sum platter including har gau, scallop shumai, Chinese chive dumpling, and a duck and yam bean dumpling. Main dishes include wok-fry lobster in spicy truffle sauce, pipa duck, grilled Chilean seabass in honey, and a hericium mushroom stir-fry with lotus root, asparagus, and lily bulb. For dessert, expect a banana and peanut cake made with a five-spice infused cream, caramel, chocolate, and peanut. The dinner is $138.88 (tax and gratuities not included) per person for parties of two or more. Diners will be gifted with a special Year of the Monkey coin as a symbol of good fortune. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 786-276-1388. 

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Mardi Gras at The Wynwood Yard
Crawfish, beignets, booze, and music. The Wynwood Yard, along with A New Tropic, is celebrating Mardi Gras with eats, drinks, and beats. Della Test Kitchen will serve its NOLA bowl, made with Bhutanese red rice, black-eyed peas, grain-crusted green tomatoes, marinated kale, and topped with a spicy creole sauce. Another of the Yard’s food concepts, Dim Ssam a Gogo, which is headed by Richard Hales, will serve Creole fried rice, with cilantro rémoulade, Florida shrimp, smoked Berkshire pork, and Creole-China spices. Thyme, the Yard's open-air bar, will offer Abita amber ale ($5), Abita purple haze ($5), Abita root beer ($4), and New Orleans-style rye whiskey punch ($7). The party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. There are four ticket options ranging from $15 to $45. Purchase tickets at thenewtropic.com.

Crawfish bowl
Crawfish bowl
Photo by Jose de las Casas


Crawdaddy Wednesdays at The Federal
Crawdaddy Wednesdays at The Federal is starting early this year. The fourth annual throwdown is launching this Wednesday and will be held weekly through the end of spring. Crawfish, priced at $15 per pound or $50 per five pounds, is served with taters, corn, and andouille sausage. Bottomless beer and bubbly will be offered at an additional $20 per person. Also on the menu are crawfish boils, po’boys, jambalaya, and fritters.

Odette Wine Dinner at Scarpetta 

Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series continues with dinner at Scarpetta. It will feature wine pairings from Napa Valley winery Odette Estate, which will be presented by winemaker Jeff Owens. Diners will enjoy a five-course menu prepared by Scarpetta’s new chef de cuisine Neil O’Connell, complemented by six different wines from Odette. Priced at $225 per person, the evening will begin at 8 p.m. The menu includes caramelized veal sweetbread, truffle raviolini, herb crumb loin of lamb, and a walnut financier for dessert. Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call 877-326-7412.

Year of the Monkey at Bazi 
Chef Michael Pirolo’s modern Asian restaurant, Bazi, will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a one-night-only dining experience. The five-course pre-fixe menu for $75 per person incorporates Asian-inspired fare, including long noodles that symbolize longevity and house-made dumplings for prosperity. There will be special performances by traditional lion dancers at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Menu items include king crab spring rolls, braised mustard green salad, sweet potato dumplings, longevity noodles, crispy whole fish with cabbage, and Florida orange cake for dessert. For reservations, call 305-695-0101.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and Crawdaddy Wednesdays
Courtesy of The Wynwood Yard


Happy Hour Acroyoga and Dinner at The Wynwood Yard
Participate in an acroyoga session and then treat yourself to dinner at Della Test Kitchen. The partner-based class, which blends yoga, acrobatics, and therapeutics, is open to all levels and no prior experience or partner is necessary to attend. Megan and Rob of Slacroduo will lead the session, teaching attendees communication, playfulness, and how to cultivate trust. Afterward, drinks at Thyme and eats at Della Test Kitchen will be available. Class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for the class and $35 including dinner. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.

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