Wednesday, June 29, 6-11pm – City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The brainchild of Steven Haas (who tapped former Emeril chef Tom Azar), sprawling, two-floor City Hall hopes to draw in locals and patrons of the stone’s-throw Adrienne Arsht Center and AAA with its 1930s NY-iron chandeliers and burgundy leather walls, a mural with biplanes and scale-holding women, and a huge stained-glass piece with the Chrysler Building and Radio City, also the BET followup to Rap City on which a mentally challenged Cuba Gooding, Jr. replaced J-Nicks, and was actually much better. The no-joke menu kicks off with Guinness-braised Mediterranean mussels w/ homemade chorizo, plus thick-cut applewood bacon w/ shaved truffles, then gets into mains like the houseblend meatloaf w/ chorizo-maple mac â€™n cheese, Karubi pork ribs, and a Maine lobster/ shrimp/ scallop pot pie stuffed with parsnip mashed potatoes, seafood veloute, sweet corn, and English peas — which, over there at least, actually help you drop a few pounds. They’ve also got pizzas including one outfitted w/ confit duck, mushrooms, and port wine-truffle bÃ©chamel, plus sides like creamed spinach, shiitake Jasmine rice, and sweet potatoes that’re “bourbon whipped”, and’ll get a Bulleit put in them if they’re seen out on the town with that slutty St. Pauli Girl.
Cityâ€™s massive downstairs barâ€™ll be stocking 68 wines (12 by the glass), a dozen or so beers, and house cocktails like the Campari/ OJ/ Midori/ Champagne â€œKey to the Cityâ€, which you basically get if you see the Mayor being pleasured, despite the fact that youâ€™re dumb, bald, and lost that department surveillance camera when you put it in a tennis ball that one time.