this visit i stayed at the gansevoort – which seemed like college spring break central. while the customer service was excellent – every time something broke in the hotel or room it was attended to immediately – it was AWFUL that EVERYTHING kept breaking. ie – no elevators operating, no cold water, no water at all, no toilets working. the best feature of this hotel is their rooftop pool…beautiful! but difficult to get to when the elevator is broken or you have to wait in a 30+ person line despite being a hotel guest – they opened the pool privileges to the public. not impressed!
- this visit i definitely dined well. starting with sra. martinez located at 4000 NE 2nd Ave – in the design district. oh my gosh – off the beaten path of SOBE but sooo worth the trip. i had the BUENAVISTA cocktail – yum! i’d also recommend: bacon wrapped dates, crispy artichokes & paella. you may want to consider the chef’s tasting menu…well worth the $65 investment. cross your fingers that sasha is your server – fabulous!
- barton g. located at 1427 west ave (lincoln rd & alton) was amazing as well. they do a little “play on the name” of their dishes. i had the ‘hooked on swordfish’ (get it? – see picture above) so much FUN and very very good. also highly recommended: coconut crusted voodoo shrimp, mouse trap lobster mac & cheese and mahi mahi. off the cocktail menu – cody’s mojito was delicious!
- prime 112 located at 112 ocean drive & 1st st. was also nice – the service was excellent but it was a MAJOR scene. props for them that they carried my favorite rum – goslings – which is strangely difficult to find in South Beach. of course we had steak but the standouts were the signature prime 112 chopped salad and the tuna sliders. the chopped salad alone could be a meal for 3.
unfortunately the waves weren’t with us this visit. there were no swells until sunday and so were unable to surf due to being too close to our departure time. next visit marcello! i love ezridesurfschool!