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Map & Directions 661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
  • Japanese
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 6pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner
  • Online Reservations Available, Required, Accepted
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

Naoe is an omakase oasis helmed by Kevin Cory, whose business card reads, "executive chef, general manager & dishwasher." Wendy Maharlika, the other half of this two-person operation, hosts, waits tables, and does everything else in a friendly and incredibly efficient manner. So far, so distinctive. Sakes from the chef's family in Japan are also unique to Naoe, as is the idea of a frozen sake. Try it - you'll like it. But the reason everyone in town is talking up this charmer can be found within the four-compartment bento box, which with a bowl of soup constitutes dinner. It's chef's choice, and his choices are pretty damn good, usually coupling a local catch with one or more flown overnight from Japan. This is cuisine you'd expect to find only in Tokyo, such as silver-skinned aji, or horse mackerel glazed with shoyu and plated with pickled wasabi leaves and flowers - freshly grated wasabi root mixed with horseradish on the side. Salmon wrapped in salted white seaweed; roasted freshwater eel; deep-fried shrimp tamago; rice with shiitake mushrooms and hints of eel - all are meticulously prepared and absolutely delicious. The price for a bento box and soup is only $26, perhaps the best American restaurant value since David Chang first debuted Momofuku in New York. If you're still hungry for more, Cory will prepare nigiri sushi; ask for the Scottish salmon belly. Reservations are necessary and accepted only through opentable.com. (Naoe recently moved from North Miami Beach to Miami's Brickell Key neighborhood.)

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  • Eater on 01/14/11

    NAOE is Japanese for "OMG omasake." Well, not really, but chef Kevin Cory sure makes you think that with his exquisitely prepared, fresh sushi, possibly the best in the city. [Eater 38 Member]

  • AskMen on 02/17/11

    Open Wed. - Sun. (reservations via OpenTable.com), the restaurant has no menu. Instead, diners are at the mercy of Chef/owner Kevin Cory, who selects the food box for you based off a meet & greet.

  • Susherito S. on 03/20/13

    Definitivamente el mejor de todos... Recuerda que debes reservar online y con anticipaciĆ³n si deseas ir!

  • Miami New Times on 11/02/12

    You're going to want a front row seat at the bar as you watch Chef Cory prepare a delicious meal! It's always his choice but he sure does know how to pick a great meal every time! Never disappointed!

  • The Feast on 06/06/11

    You don't have a choice of what you're eating at NAOE. Instead, Chef Kevin Cory decides based off of the freshest fish he receives that day. Give into his decisions and enjoy an unrivaled sushi meal.

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