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The Forge is as famous as any South Florida restaurant not named Joe's Stone Crab. After a yearlong, $10 million renovation, the museum-like mahogany interior has been lightened and brightened to invigorating effect, and admired local chef Dewey LoSasso has taken over the kitchen. If the revamped décor doesn't have you convinced things have changed, maybe seeing a quinoa pancake with fig marmalade on the menu will. Or a po'boy plump with crisply fried oysters plunked into a mini hoagie roll. Or a lobster peanut butter and jelly sandwich - crust-less brioche filled with lobster between sweet onion marmalade and coarsely ground, chili-spiced peanut butter. This clearly ain't your papa's Forge, yet the six cuts of proffered beef remain the most sought-after entrées - none more so than the Super Steak, a 16-ounce, 21-day-aged, oak-grilled Prime New York strip. Double-cut Colorado lamb chops were delicious too, as were two halves of a spice-rubbed duck that all but burst with juicy flavor. Local mutton snapper papillote-style, with smoky tomato sauce, is the most interesting of the six seafood selections. An Enomatic system of wine-by-the-glass allows customers to purchase one-, three-, or five-ounce pours from a choice of 80 bottles from the restaurant's vaunted cellar collection. Desserts are designed by Malka Espinel, who for years excelled as Johnny Vinczencz's pastry chef; try one of the seven soufflés. We found too many kinks in the execution, but there is no denying that the Forge is back.
Happy hour goes uptown at the Forge, where beginning Friday, March 23, the staple of Miami Beach celebrity dining launches its Veuve Clicquot Happy...
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The Forge for decades has had one of the most impressive wine cellars in town. However, with the relaunch of the "new" Forge a few months ago, enophiles on a budget have a reason to celebrate. Along with its revamped menu and décor, the Forge has introduced an enomatic wine system that allows patrons to sample more than 80 wines for a fraction of the cost of buying the whole bottle. The eight stainless-steel-and-glass wine stations are divided up by varietal and taste (think Red... More »
It is a solid building with a great wine cellar. Is there really any need to elaborate further? Well, we are aware Hurricane Andrew flooded the prestigious wine collection in 1992, but the structure has been reinforced to prevent that from happening again. And there are five eclectically appointed dining rooms in which to shelter. Of course, it would be negligent not to mention the stellar quality of food provisions: beluga caviar; lobster, shrimp, and crabmeat martini cocktails; oysters,... More »
BEST SERVICE IN A RESTAURANT The Forge 432 Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street) Miami Beach 305-538-8533 www.theforge.com The crowning moment at the Forge is when tuxedo-clad waiters approach the table with silver-domed entrées, place them down in unison, and remove the lids with synchronized flair -- the way it would be done in a Busby Berkeley musical. If you remember Busby, you'll also recall the days when going out to eat in a fine-dining establishment meant the white-glove... More »
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