Chef Michelle Bernstein
Chef Michelle Bernstein
Courtesy of Michy's Pop-Up

Michy's to Pop Up at Miami Beach Botanical Garden for Art Basel

Michelle Bernstein is taking her eponymous MiMo restaurant to Art Basel for the third year in a row when Michy's Pop-Up returns to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The much-loved Miami chef is actually setting up two pop-ups amid the flowers this year, with completely different vibes.

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The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein will opens Monday, November 30, serving breakfast and lunch to hungry art enthusiasts. The casual restaurant will be set up with furniture from Moroso and Ruinart umbrellas and will serve a variety of fresh pastries and gourmet coffees for breakfast. The Garden Cafe offers sit-down and grab-and-go service. Items include a muffin of the day ($4), dessert of the day ($5), a savory croissant of the day ($4), a sweet croissant ($5), and cookies ($3.50). Lunch includes a menu filled with soups, sandwiches, salads, and entrées, many featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Soups include a hot carrot miso with crispy leeks ($6) and a cold Andalusian gazpacho with crunchy vegetables and croutons ($6). Salad options include a chopped Greek with romaine, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, chickpea, red onion, feta cheese, and Greek dressing ($12); a Bibb lettuce salad with jalapeño buttermilk dressing, avocados, grape tomatoes, and crispy shallots ($13); and a tomato and burrata salad featuring local ingredients ($16). 

Sandwiches include a Garden Cafe turkey sandwich with sous vide free range turkey, Amish white cheddar, greens, and mayo on an egg roll ($12) and Michelle's Favorite, thinly sliced Tuscan salami with truffle butter, arugula, and reggiano on a baguette ($12). More substantial options include a meatball dish with farro and roast carrots ($16) and a Meyer lemon and thyme grilled Florida fish with greens, Cerignola olives, and salsa verde ($22). 

The Michy's Pop-Up will offer dinner service starting Wednesday, December 2. The pop-up will feature a daily menu, tapas, a premium bar, and an international wine list. Though reservations are required for dinner, tapas and cocktails are available for walk-ins based on availability. Dinner items at the Michy's pop-up read like a Bernstein "best of" hits list and include braised short ribs with roast root vegetables, rib jus, and shaved chayote salad ($38); fettuccine carbonara ($34); salt-crusted yellow tail snapper with Moroccan couscous ($36); and steak frites ($38).

Best of all? Michy's fried chicken is on the menu, served with potato purée and gravy with braised greens ($34).

Bernstein is also offering some of her favorite desserts, include deep-fried apple pie with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream ($9) and Michy's bread pudding with raisins, cognac, chocolate chunks, orange rind, and vanilla ice cream ($9). 

Bernstein has also been designated the official caterer for Art Basel Miami Beach's events. The chef, who is in the middle of launching a fall-inspired menu at Cena by Michy's, says, "Art Basel's Miami Beach show is a one-of-a-kind event. There is nothing else like it with a magic uniquely its own. It helped reshape Miami into a serious cultural destination, drawing thousands hungry for art, conversation, engagement and enlightenment. We’re honored to be a part of it.”

Michy's pop-up is open for dinner from 6 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, through Saturday, December 5. Reservations are required and can by made at michyspopup.com

The Garden Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. On Monday, November 30, the hours are 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, through Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are not required for the Garden Cafe.

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