The latest round of South Florida openings and introductions include a new sushi experience at Aventura Mall and two newcomers worth checking out to Palm Beach County’s growing Atlantic Avenue row of restaurants. downtown Delray Beach.
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Makino Ya Sushi Bar
19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Find aburi – fish that have been flame seared with a hand torch – at the new Mākino Ya sushi bar in the Aventura Mall. The restaurant goes beyond traditional toro (salmon belly), hotate (scallop) and ebi (shrimp) sake to offer flame-fried nigiri, as well as A5 Wagyu, a signature dish. Open Sunday to Wednesday from noon to 10 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.
Meso beach house
900 Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
The team behind Meso Mediterranean in Rye, New York, delivered a similar waterfront restaurant in South Florida: Meso Beach House in Delray Beach. The 280-seat Intracoastal Oasis takes over the former Che! space, offering stunning water views inside and out. A robust cocktail program and seafood-centric dishes are curated by chef/partner Sean Olnowich. Signature items include charred shrimp; local wahoo crudo with gooseberry, citrus, pickled peppers and olive oil; and spaghetti with sea urchins and lemon zest. On weekdays, from 4-6 p.m., guests can take advantage of Meso’s Sunset Happy Hour, featuring craft cocktails and a selection of menu items for $10 each. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
29 SE Second Avenue, Delray Beach
Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, founder of experiential entertainment group The Ginger Companies, hopes to elevate the traditional “night out” experience with her latest restaurant and nightlife spot, Thrōw Social. The new occupant of the former Il Bacio space in downtown Delray Beach offers guests the opportunity to experience multiple concepts in one. In addition to a menu of Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, the restaurant features a unique combination of hospitality with three bars, multiple indoor/outdoor spaces, live music and engaging activities like Ax Throwing, TapGlo Ping-Pong , darts, and more. Open Monday to Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.