Generator is finally open on Miami Beach! We’ve driven past the building on 31st Street and Collins Avenue countless times wondering when it would finally be operational. Well, the first U.S. outpost of the European hostel chain is here, and guests have one heck of a restaurant on the ground floor: The Jim and Neesie.
This cozy lobby bar and restaurant inside the upscale venue is led by Chef Daniel Roy, who previously worked at notable spots like Stubborn Seed, Habitat and Commonwealth (RIP). At The Jim and Neesie, Chef Roy divides his fare into two sections: light starts/snacks and serious food. Honestly, both sections could be considered serious food as the quality is seriously great across the board. You can taste the freshness in items like the Hamachi Tiradito, which whets the palate perfectly for more substantial bites like the Pan Seared Snapper with sweet chili sauce and pea tendrils.
Before you dive into the bigger plates, though, make sure to eat your vegetables. The Citrus Roasted Carrots and Charred Asparagus may not sound as exciting as other options on the menu, but they’re some of the highlights. The same goes for the Crispy Skin Airline Chicken. In our experience, chicken usually isn’t something to write home about, but here, it is — and then some; the chicken jus, poblano emulsion and Andean Pride quinoa take this bird up a notch.
All this food is complemented by a bar program put together by Gui Jaroschy, formerly of Broken Shaker and some of your other favorite bars. Tableside cocktails comprise most of the menu, which you’ll be tempted to try in its entirety during your visit. If you have to pace yourself, though, make it a point to try the OMFG Margarita with clarified lime, agave and orange bitters. It’s so clean and goes down so smooth; it’s dangerous. The Negroni Supreme is another must just for the red bell pepper Campari and lavender mist.
Generator and The Jim and Neesie were a long time coming, but they’re worth the wait. Pop in and see what the fuss is about. There’s a cheap public parking lot up the street — you have no excuse.