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Fly Bar & Restaurant

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Buddha Sky Bar

Overview

As the name suggests, Buddha Sky Bar is an Asian concept restaurant with design and cuisine tracing their roots to Chinese and Japanese interpretations. The restaurant enjoys a discrete third floor location off the Avenue access. A glass encased rooftop arboretum overlooks downtown Delray Beach. Asian artifacts and accents compliment the distinctive Asian cuisine featuring items such as Dim Sum, Sushi, & Wok selections from the restaurant’s ‘from-scratch’ kitchen.

The restaurant features full dinner service at all seats. Due to limited space, reservations are recommended, including bar & sushi bar seats.

Amongst many other awards the restaurant has been voted into the OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice of 2013 in the United States.

Menu

The menu includes an open sushi bar, a full kitchen as well as Delray Beach’s first Binchotan charcoal grill. In addition to traditional menu items like Peking Style Duck it also features a great vegetarian selection. The menu is divided into six categories Starters, Robata Grill, Dim Sum, Wok, Sushi and Desserts.

The starters section features Korean Barbecue Ribs. From the Dim Sum section, the tender and tasty Chicken Shu Mai, four to an order, are served with three dipping sauces including hot chili. Two crispy beef rolls, fresh out of the fryer, are served with hot chili dipping sauce. The tempura lobster is also worth checking out.

The entrée section includes Black Cod Miso Skewers off the Robata Grill and Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin, a rich combination of tenderloin and pork belly served with a side of tempura cauliflower. The Summer Vegetable Lettuce Wrap is a vegetarian dish from the Wok section of the menu.

Seating options in Buddha Sky Bar

Guests can choose from a range of comfortable seating arrangements including booths (5ppl), couches (6ppl), bar seats, and tables. Larger parties (14ppl) can take advantage of a long banquet table that flanks the windows and offers views of Atlantic Avenue. In total, Buddha Sky Bar can accommodate 83 guests seated.

The private, outdoor “Chef’s Table” sitting atop Atlantic Avenue, offers panoramic views of Delray Beach and beyond. Located just through the kitchen, it can seat up to ten guests and allows the chef direct access to personally serve each member. The space is highly popular, especially on weekends, and so advance reservation is recommended.

Buddha Sky Bar also has private event rooms located on the second floor. These rooms are excellent for hosting business meetings or cocktail parties. The banquet table in the first room can accommodate 18 people. There is also a 60” flat screen television complete AV connections. The adjacent room can also be used for cocktail receptions or as another dining area for up to 18 people. Both spaces have balconies that overlook Atlantic Avenue.

Where and When

Location: 217 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida

Cuisine: Asian

Price: $31 to $50

Hours

Monday and Tuesday: closed, menu available in Buddha Garden

Wednesday and Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM; Happy Hours: 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Friday and Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM; Happy Hours: 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Sunday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Happy Hours: 5:00PM – 7:00PM

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Būccan

Restaurant at a glance

Location: 350 South County Rd., Palm Beach
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Price: $31 to $50
Happy hours: 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays

Overview

Būccan is a high-end bistro located in Palm Beach that serves creative modern cuisine in a casual setting. With a small bar to the left and a living room styled lounge area to the right, and not to forget the warm, welcoming staff, this 150-seat restaurant presents a homely feel that appeals both to the locals and tourists. The copper-topped tables, bistro chairs and exposed ductwork give the room a saloon-like feel, more so when the restaurant is full.

Būccan appeals both to the hipsters and the high-heeled, mainly because its menu has a wide appeal. The restaurant has been recognized in Conde Nast Traveler and Esquire’s “Where to Eat in South FL Now.” The restaurant is Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot” in Palm Beach, and has received “Best New Restaurant” honors from numerous area publications.

Menu

The menu has items such as a hot dog Panini and a bouillabaisse of P.E.I. mussels. The offerings are divided into categories such as crispy, wood-fired, and flour and water.

The raw section includes the exceptional tuna tartare with avocado, soy broth, tobiko and crispy, shredded potato instead of toast points. The squash blossoms are stuffed with a combination of three cheeses and served with a tomato fondue.

Other highlights include an exceptional barbecue brisket spring roll, short rib empanadas, and lobster and black-truffle corn ravioli topped with crispy kielbasa.

Būccan is all about big flavors in wood-fired choices such as lamb meatballs with feta, mint yogurt and spicy tomatoes, and grilled octopus salad.

The Astro Pop is the signature cocktail. Then there are some more noteworthy drinks on the menu including The London, a gin-based drink aswim with fresh cucumbers, basil leaves, lemon juice and honey water; and Rosemary’s Baby, a mix of Brazilian spirit cachaca and rosemary-infused triple sec, lime wedges and ginger beer.

The bar bites include delicacies such as shortrib empanadas, hot dog Panini, and Korean-style Wagyu tacos.

Deals: During happy hours, 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays, guests can enjoy half-priced glasses of wine, draft beers, and specialty cocktails.

Chef

Clay Conley is the head chef at Būccan. Conley spent his growing years in rural Maine, tending his family’s orchard and livestock. He lived in Tokyo and traveled extensively throughout Asia. He was also culinary director for chef Todd English’s Boston-based operations. All these influences make their presence felt in the menu at Būccan, which is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the region. In fact, the restaurant represents what and how Clay loves to cook – small plates with big flavors. The combination drew a nomination of Best Chef: South 2012 from the eminent James Beard Foundation.

He follows a “progressive American” approach and blends the flavors of his New England childhood with Asian cuisine, the rustic Mediterranean and the sensual influence of Latin America. Highlighting contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures, Clay applies his flair and sense of balance to traditional flavor combinations and dishes.

Chef Clay and his restaurants have been featured in national and international publications. Robb Report named Azul one of America’s finest restaurants. He has appeared on The Today Show and Fox and Friends. He was named a StarChef’s “Rising Star Chef” in 2005.

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The Bazaar at SLS Hotel South Beach

The Bazaar by José Andrés is an impressive culinary experience brought together by award-winning Chef José Andrés and the visionary designer Philippe Starck. The restaurant redefines Spanish cuisine and brilliantly blends Old World delicacies with avant-garde delights, served in a bold, multifaceted atmosphere.

Restaurant at a glance

Address: 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cuisine: Latin / Spanish

Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 6 pm – 11 pm, Fri-Sat 6 pm – 12 am

Good for Kids: No

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Parking: Valet

Attire: Dressy

Good for Groups: Yes

Overview

Raised near Barcelona, Andrés worked with some of the region’s very best names, including influential chef Ferran Adrià. He then went on to become the face of the empire known as ThinkFoodGroup, based primarily in Washington, D.C. Andrés first teamed up with the SBE Hotel Group and renowned designer Philippe Starck to open the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Bazaar’s launch in South Beach attracted a much- merited hype.

The Bazaar occupies the space on Collins Avenue where the historic Ritz Plaza Hotel was once situated. The Bazaar fills almost the entire lobby and the first two dining areas are found near the entrance. The brightly lit space features tall white walls, sleek black tables, and theatrical floor-to-ceiling red curtains. Anchored by the view of an open kitchen and bar, it has three kitchens and a staff of more than 40, all led by chef de cuisine David Thomas who had previously worked at Beverly Hills’ the Bazaar.

The dining area, called Rojo, was created by Andrés’s friend and artist, Mikel Urmeneta. This area can seat 50 people. A hallway leads to the more formal 60-seat dining area by the name of Blanca. Softly lit, the area has a colossal seashell chandelier, mismatched picture frames and several artefacts.

The menu

The menu lists more than 60 tapas, priced from $5 to $50. Diners are encouraged to order about four plates per person. The menu is divided into two sections and the dishes are offered in thematic titles such as “Miami Meets the World” and “Spain Yesterday and Today.”

The Bazaar acknowledges Miami’s affinity for Cuban fare. The sandwich cubano which is inspired by the Calle Ocho staple Versailles, is filled with cheese foam and has a surprisingly fluid interior.

The restaurant also pays tribute to Spain’s practice of canning goods, with three distinct menu offerings: Mediterranean mussels, king crab, and stuffed olives. Although the dishes are prepared fresh daily, the tin-can presentation honours the age-old practice. Spain also finds acknowledgement in the selection of hams including jamón ibérico de bellota, and cheeses such as La Serena, Valdeón, Manchego, Garrotxa, and Idiazábal.

Must try fare

The cuisine is the work of José Andrés, who has several awards to his credit including the James Beard Award. At the Bazaar, caipirinhas are prepared tableside with liquid nitrogen, Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime, and sugar.

The caprese salad incorporates cherry tomatoes and spheres of liquid mozzarella that burst and ooze with fresh milk. Some other dishes worth a mention include the the black rossejat – thin, short-cut pasta tinted with black squid ink, and topped with luscious shrimp and garlicky aioli; and bao con lechón – a soft fried Chinese bun stuffed with rich pork belly and refreshing pickled cucumber.

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Bâoli Miami

Bâoli Miami is a vibrant South Beach restaurant with a charming garden ambience. One of the finest French restaurants in the area, the food represents French Rivera cuisine at its best. Modeled after the renowned Bâoli in Cannes, France, Bâoli Miami brings a European touch to the Miami Beach nightclub and restaurant scene

The chef takes advantage of fresh, local ingredients to create inventive Mediterranean dishes featuring classic meat, seafood and pasta dishes. . Located on Collins Avenue, the space is intimate while the atmosphere is hip yet elegant.

Restaurant at a glance

Location: 1906 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Cuisine: Mediterranean and International

Price: $31 to $50

Reservations: Not required but recommended

Features: Non-smoking

Attire: Dressy

Hours: Open from 7PM to 2AM 7days a week and from 12PM to 6PM on Saturday.

Payment: Mastercard, Discover, Cash Only, Personal Checks, Visa, American Express

Menu

The menu presents a thoughtful assortment of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, with a marked presence of foie gras, truffles and roasted garlic. Whole rosemary sprigs, bay leaves and basil decorate hot cast-iron serving dishes, setting off fresh herb aromas.

The appetizers are sure to enliven everyone’s appetite. Roasted beet salad brings chopped red and sliced yellow beets, a bale of crisp mache, French green beans, blanched leeks and blue cheese, with dabs of balsamic dressing and creamy emulsified beet juice encircling the plate.

Must try fare

Appetizers-

Seafood trio: Ahi tuna tartare, hickory smoked Pacific salmon, and black tiger shrimp served with avocado tartar, chili sauce and basil aioli

Confit of duck in a filo wrap: 2 duck confit rolled over strawberries with aged balsamic, orange segments and lime orange reduction

Main course-

Porcini and truffle risotto: Organic rice acquerello and porcini mushroom topped with fresh black Tuscany truffles, parmesan tulip and drizzle of truffle oil

Dijon encrusted Alaskan salmon: Mustard crusted, pan-seared salmon, fire roasted vegetables, baby spinach and purple basil essence

Grilled Australian rack of lamb: Rack of lamb served with polenta cake tapenade, tomato confit and rosemary jus

Dessert-

Banana rum bread pudding: Brioche bread pudding with grilled banana and rum raisins served with bourbon vanilla ice cream

Assorted homemade sorbets and fruit

Ambience

The restaurant has an enchanting hidden courtyard that makes you feel as if you’ve stumbled upon The Secret Garden. At night, shade trees are strung with sparkling lights and dainty chandeliers to create a canopy over the patio.

Entertainment

Bâoli Miami is one of the most popular venues for New Year celebrations and attracts the glamorous and the most sophisticated set who flock here bring Hollywood glamour back to the beach.

There’s never a shortage of fun and entertainment at Bâoli Miami, especially when the summer season begins and the party goers are looking to celebrate.

Bâoli Miami Nightclub

Bâoli Miami also has a night club, which happens to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Guests can dance under the stars, enjoy cocktails amidst the palm trees, and experience the magic of Miami.

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