Openings

New Restaurants to Try This Week: Layla, North Italia, Shelter, and More

Miami's newest NYC transplant, Shelter, is now open in Wynwood.
Miami's newest NYC transplant, Shelter, is now open in Wynwood. Photo courtesy of Shelter Brooklyn
click to enlarge Miami's newest NYC transplant, Shelter, is now open in Wynwood. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHELTER BROOKLYN
Miami's newest NYC transplant, Shelter, is now open in Wynwood.
Photo courtesy of Shelter Brooklyn
Miami's restaurant scene is on fire. And though it may seem like a tidal wave of restaurateurs from New York has descended on the Magic City, many local chefs are opening new restaurants or expanding their culinary empires.

This week, the Magic City celebrates several new arrivals, including two in Miami Beach: Hapa Kitchen & Eatery, which brings authentic Hawaiian fare to Time Out Market; and Layla, whose family recipes are now available for general consumption at the Kayak Miami Beach hotel.

Read on for details about these and other recent Miami-area restaurant openings.

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click to enlarge Hapa Kitchen & Eatery is now open inside Time Out Market in South Beach. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HAPA KITCHEN & EATERY
Hapa Kitchen & Eatery is now open inside Time Out Market in South Beach.
Photo courtesy of Hapa Kitchen & Eatery

Hapa Kitchen & Eatery

1601 Drexel Ave., Miami
786-753-5388
timeoutmarket.com/miami

Neil Sullivan has brought his own take on Hawaii-inspired comfort food to Miami with Hapa Kitchen & Eatery. The menu is an ode to the traditional dishes Sullivan craves from his home town of Kailua, Hawaii, from the hangover-curing "Loco Moco" (white rice piled high with a hamburger patty, mushroom gravy, and a fried egg with a side of macaroni salad) to the Spam fried rice and the "Kalua Pig" (Hawaiian-style roast pork). Hapa also offers "Poke by the Pound," served just the way you'll find it on the Hawaiian islands. Open Wednesday and Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
click to enlarge Jeremiah's Italian ice is expanding across South Florida, including a new location that just opened in Cooper City. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMIAH'S ITALIAN ICE
Jeremiah's Italian ice is expanding across South Florida, including a new location that just opened in Cooper City.
Photo courtesy of Jeremiah's Italian Ice

Jeremiah's Italian Ice

9630 Stirling Rd., Cooper City
754-201-1326
jeremiahsice.com

Orlando-based Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is now scooping frozen treats in a new location in Cooper City. The chain offers more than 40 flavors of Italian ice and soft-serve ice cream. Or have 'em both with "Jeremiah’s Gelati," a combo of any two flavors of Italian ice and soft-serve swirled together. Popular flavors include "Scoop Froggy Frog," the brand's own take on mint chocolate chip; as well as classics like cotton candy, horchata, cookies and cream, mango, and piña colada. Open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
click to enlarge Layla is now open inside the Kayak Miami Beach hotel. - PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE
Layla is now open inside the Kayak Miami Beach hotel.
Photo courtesy of Life House

Layla

2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach (in the Kayak Miami Beach)
844-463-1215
kayakmb.com

Layla, brought to us by Life House hospitality group (the team that created Terras, Parcela Cafe, Mama Joon, and Wildflower), has opened inside the Kayak Miami Beach hotel. The concept marries Life House founder and CEO Rami Zeidan’s Lebanese background with the Jewish roots of Daniel Levine, the company's head of food and beverage (and the founder of Miami ice creamery Dasher & Crank). The menu is a collection of family recipes rendered with a modern twist by executive chef John Latrellis, who celebrates the light, healthy, and seasonal flavors of the Middle East with dishes like spicy eggplant toast; a harissa tuna ceviche served with tabbouleh and homemade pita chips; roasted cauliflower with shawarma spice and falafel served with caramelized tomato tahini; za'atar-spiced chicken; and grilled branzino served with caramelized fennel, roasted tomatoes, capers, and shallots ($12 to $32). Bonus: The restaurant contains a hidden rooftop bar that's accessed via a secret stairwell. Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
click to enlarge North Italia has opened a second location in the Dadeland Mall. - PHOTO BY KENNY LESLEY
North Italia has opened a second location in the Dadeland Mall.
Photo by Kenny Lesley

North Italia

7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami (at Dadeland Mall)
305-669-7987
northitalia.com

This modern Italian chain, which opened an outpost in Mary Brickell Village two years ago, officially opened its doors at Dadeland on March 31. This second Florida outpost offers guests a taste of executive chef Ryan Smith's signature, seasonal Italian fare. An extensive list of small plates and salads leads up to mains that include pizzas, fresh pastas, a Waygu skirt steak tagliata, and a whole grilled branzino. From 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, a "Bottle & Board" special brings a choice of bruschetta or a charcuterie board paired with a bottle of red or white wine. And for diners who prefer to dine at home, a "Family Meal Kit" ($65; serves 4 to 5) includes a large caesar salad, Parmesan garlic bread, and your choice of fresh pasta and sauce. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
click to enlarge Brooklyn-based Shelter has exported its wood-fired menu to Wynwood. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHELTER BROOKLYN
Brooklyn-based Shelter has exported its wood-fired menu to Wynwood.
Photo courtesy of Shelter Brooklyn

Shelter Wynwood

10 NE 27th St., Miami
305-603-8970
shelterbrooklyn.com

From the far reaches of hipster Williamsburg comes Shelter, with its wood-fired ovens and its Brooklyn-born "hunting lodge chic," which marries Italian and Argentinian fare. Starters range from steamed mussels with fire-toasted bread and crisped artichokes with cheese dip to all manner of empanadas, a meat-and-cheese board, and fresh ceviche mixto. Pizzas include Brussels sprouts with smoked mozzarella, fontina and pancetta; ham and peppers with mozzarella; a quattro stagioni with mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and prosciutto; and a cotto and truffle pizza with fontina, mozzarella, and mushroom cream. Open 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
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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.
Contact: Nicole Danna