New Restaurants to Try This Week: Gekkō, Patio Bar & Pizza, and Vicky Bakery

Dave Grutman's Groot Hospitality has opened its newest Miami restaurant, Gekkō.
Dave Grutman's Groot Hospitality has opened its newest Miami restaurant, Gekkō. Photo by Libby Vision
Miami's latest round of openings includes two new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and the grand opening of Gekkō, a restaurant by Dave Grutman and Bad Bunny.

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Gekkō is a collaboration between Groot Hospitality and musical artist Benito Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny.
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8 SE Eighth St., Miami
Miami restaurateur David Grutman has opened the doors to his latest establishment conceived alongside musical artist Benito Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny. Gekkō, which translates to "moonlight" in Japanese, delivers a Miami take on the Japanese steakhouse set inside the SLS Lux Brickell Tower. The menu fuses the dishes of a steakhouse with the precision and modernity of Japanese cooking. It begins with an offering of the restaurant's signature Japanese milk bread and a “lava and ice” Kumamoto oyster before progressing to starters, seafood, and steaks. Appetizers include lobster dumplings and a wedge salad with a yuzu buttermilk ranch dressing. Multiple premium steaks anchor the menu, including a tomahawk cut, olive-fed filet mignon from Kagawa, Japan, and a snow beef strip from Hokkaido, Japan. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight.
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Patio Bar & Pizza has opened in Fort Lauderdale.
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Patio Bar & Pizza

901 Progresso Dr., Fort Lauderdale
Patio Bar & Pizza, a new cocktail bar and restaurant, has opened in the Mass District in Flagler Village. The restaurant is the third concept from Brian Parenteau and Doug Herbst, two South Florida hospitality veterans who founded DrYnk Bar & Lounge and Tulio’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, both in Wilton Manors. At Patio Bar, expect an edgy New York vibe, cocktails, and hand-crafted artisan pizza. The menu includes vegan and gluten-free options for a total of seven 14-inch pies. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings like Calabrian chiles, roasted mushrooms, and Ezzo pepperoni. Pair them with cocktails like the "Filthy Flamingo," "Death by Coconut," and "South of the Border." Sunday 5 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (closed Monday).
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Vicky Bakery has opened in Fort Lauderdale.
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Vicky Bakery

4 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Vicky Bakery, one of South Florida’s original family-owned Cuban bakeries, has opened in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Boulevard. Operating since 1972, the new location is located across from Huizenga Plaza and offers fans of the family's fare a chance to find pastelitos and croquetas further north. The authentic Cuban pastries are crafted fresh daily by a team of bakers and chefs who prepare an extensive variety of bread, pastries, desserts, breakfast items, sandwiches, cakes, and coffee. Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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