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Having made the trip to Palm Beach - a place awash with a different sort of sin - Miami's own Michelle Bernstein is at her most self-assured. The restaurant itself is secured on the third floor above a quiet lobby bar and terrace eatery, and everything within seems to mask dimension - backlighting, mirrors, and angles abound. The sum is a room with an amazing capacity for making you feel unseen, a place where you can drop your guard without care. Bernstein's menu has a mysterious effect too. It's divided into four sections - salads, crudos, starters, and mains - and much of what appears here is culled from her Miami restaurant, Michy's. Her creations are as whimsical as they are simple, like tuna carpaccio, consisting of three uniform slices of tuna, pink and thin as tissue paper, each dusted with foie gras "snow" and slivers of apple. Seafood is distilled to its most base components, like with salt-encrusted sea bream that glistens with the flavors of the ocean. Even comfort food, like Michy's famous fried chicken and slow-braised short ribs, are wildly impressive.
Before Top Chef: Texas, Lindsay Autry was best-known for her duties as executive chef of Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy in Palm Beach.Being the protege of Bernstein and executive chef at one of he... More »
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Taking a cue from the upcoming Miami Spice month that features specially priced three-course dinners at Miami's best restaurants, Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy in Palm Beach is of... More »
Sad-but-true story: For its first year in business, the Omphoy had the honest-to-goodness best cocktail in the universe. Top-shelf gin mixed with grapefruit juice into which fresh basil leaves had been thoroughly muddled and the whole thing topped with a splash of Prosecco. De-freaking-lishus. You could tell the Omphoy took pleasure in the beverage, cuz it called it "The Omphoy." Then, one day, a reporter walked up to the bar, ordered an Omphoy, and was handed some kind of champagne-based... More »
She has long been Miami's gal, a sunny chef with a proclivity toward mixing Florida's tropical bounty with homey comfort food. But when this Jewish and Latin starlet made the trip up to Palm Beach last year to open her new restaurant at the Omphoy Hotel, she instantly became our lady as well. From early on, accolades have followed Bernstein wherever she went. In her early days at Azul, she earned Esquire's attention for Best New Restaurant in America. And in 2005, after opening her flagship... More »
Slip up the steps to the third floor inside the dark and mysterious Omphoy Hotel and you'll find yourself at Michelle Bernstein's, the fourth restaurant from the eponymous star chef herself. The striking dining room full of backlighting and mirrors is like another dimension in which nothing else is visible but the meal you're about to eat. Start with a Bernstein classic like crispy sweetbreads -- here, they're served with lemony gremolada like some bizarro version of fried chicken. Or... More »
My wife and I decided to do a little staycation for our anniversary last year. I found the Omphoy through Priceline - got a great deal looking for 3+ star hotels in the area. We knew nothing of the hotel when we booked, but can tell you it's now our favorite little getaway. Omphoy is a new boutique hotel right on the beach with a very Euro feel. The staff was incredibly friendly, service was impeccable, and the amenities very nice. They have an Exhale Spa on site, which was absolutely fantastic. We got his and hers massages on short notice and took advantage of the sauna as well. They have a Michy's Restaurant on site as well, which overlooks the ocean. The food was truly unbelievable. The server found out it was our anniversary and had the pastry chef ad Happy Anniversary to our dessert. One word for their Dreamsicle Dessert: Orgasmic! We can't wait to go back!!
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