Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Michael Schwartz: The Prettiest Outdoor Dining on the Beach

South Beach has never looked as good as it does this sun-drenched afternoon. You're sitting beneath the sea grape tree at Restaurant Michael Schwartz and watching two dudes play catch with a foam football in the Raleigh Hotel pool. Children romp in the water and beg their parents for more soda and fries. Under the black-and-white umbrellas, an ageless couple, immortalized by plastic surgery, smokes cigars and drinks rosé.

In a few weeks, this deck will feel different -- teeming with socialites, celebrities, and New Yorkers in floppy sun hats. But right now, you aren't thinking about that.

Your only concern is the weather -- and the ice in your cocktail, which melts too quickly in the heat.

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Emily Codik