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The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave. (NE 36th St.) Send to Phone
305-520-5197 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
In a time-trippy space evoking a Gilded Age millionaires’ hunting lodge/speakeasy, Michael Schwartz’s fantasy of Old Florida fine dining.
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Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
Features
  • Parking lot (metered)
  • Dress code: Business casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Dining room at The Cypress Room, Miami, FL

The Cypress Room Restaurant Review

: Far from the contemporary casual feel of Michael Schwartz’s other two Design District eateries, this small space is intended to evoke fantasy fine dining in Miami circa the turn of the twentieth century, in a mini-version of the era’s millionaires’ hunt camps. In fact, “mini” is a serious understatement; tables nearly touch each other, making intimate conversation impossible. While Schwartz doesn’t actually cook at any of his restaurants these days, chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia (previously at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto in NYC) turns out creative, consistent, refined fare based on the best ingredients regional foragers find daily. Though the menu’s formal format doesn’t encourage grazing, starters like royal red shrimp (with crisp puffed rice, coconut, lime and a flower petal salad) or buttery braised bone marrow (refreshed by preserved lemon) do tempt diners to make a meal of appetizers. Rotisserie meats (côte de boeuf plus a special, often game) and whole fish for two are highlighted entrées. Five-course tasting menus for $95 ($155 with paired wines) include changing dishes not on the regular menu (once sorrel soup with big chunks of crab, plus caviar-topped house-cured salmon with saffron aïoli), and are actually a relative bargain. Regarding beverages, many diners are tempted by the old-time speakeasy feel to stick with two-fisted cocktails, but wine director Eric Larkee does skilled pairings from a wine list mixing boutique and classic European selections. Hedy Goldsmith, behind the sweets for all of Schwartz’s places, has also kicked up the sophistication of her desserts for this room. If on the menu, don’t miss her Florida citrus chess pie with huckleberries, a fruit-freshened reinvention of the normally tooth-achingly sweet Old South staple. But tiny homemade pastries come with checks to allay the sticker shock regardless.

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