Georges Brings Midtown to Miami
With Miami’s burgeoning Midtown area, the one thing missing out of the equation is in fact the New York Midtown vibe. With the impending Walmart encroaching upon the district to accompany the myriad of corporate dynasties stationed at The Station, Georges Kitchen Midtown’s upscale ‘Upper East Side meets Downtown Chic’ is guaranteed to fill the need for a higher ground on N Miami Avenue. The Loft, the restaurant’s upscale VIP Lounge, where Midtown patrons can enjoy an apertif or apres dinner drink, is undoubtedly outfitted for the Hipster set and Brickell bankers alike. Owner, George-Eric Farge describes The Loft’s atmosphere as “cozy and sexy.” “When the kitchen is closed at 1 o’clock we want people to dance, get crazy.” Newcomers will be pleasantly surprised with Georges late night brand of cool. Art and fixtures are poignantly positioned to keep the lighting bright enough to see faces, yet dark enough to recline into an undisturbed coziness.
The decor, which surely outshines its Midtown neighbors, features a refined palette of saturated northeastern colors, fine wood panelling, brick walls, New York Subway signs, bright pieces of artwork, and long red couches. Envisioned and executed by restaurant and lounge designer, Sean Saladino, the intelligent layout design affords Miami the New York dining and nightlife experience it has so long been relishing.
The open air kitchen functions as the apex where the chef carefully concocts the a la carte dishes. “One of the inspirations in my work as a restaurant owner is a famous chef in France and all over the world, Joël Robuchon,” Georges explains. “He’s had restaurants in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, London, in all the big cities called L’Atelier. The translation is the workshop, and the concept is the open kitchen. And the people go and sit at the bar and see the guys cooking. So I’ve always wanted to have an open kitchen restaurant, it’s very important for me.”
Acclaimed restauranteur, George, has long been known as a family man with his South Miami location offering dishes amenable to a multitude of palettes. At Georges Midtown Kitchen, a more refined array of taste buds is required to grasp the magnitude of the select dishes. George describes, “the food is a little bit more elaborate, so you need to know a little bit about food and palette.” He characterizes the culinary style as “comfort French food with gastronomy flavor. We’re using local ingredients and everything is made fresh.”
David Lombardi, Miami realtor and art collector, describes his initial culinary experience at Georges. He divulges, “the rib eye steak entrecôte was charred to perfection, just delicious meat…the mashed potatoes were like silk…velvet on the tongue.” And as for the dessert, “the stirling silver spoon stood up in the moose, it’s so dense, so rich, quite the mousse.”