Say Hello to New Drinks and Dishes at The Anderson

Since opening last March, The Anderson’s menu has remained constant. For over a year, guests of the Upper East Side bar have enjoyed delicious drinks paired with a food menu by ex-Vagabond Chef Alex Chang. With Chang long gone, the local watering hole has revamped their food and drink selections for the first time. Here’s a closer look.

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Mina’s Mediterraneo: A 79th Street Favorite

Mina's Mediterraneo - Inside

When people have asked us for restaurant recommendations lately, we’ve been finding ourselves naming more and more restaurants from 79th street and the surrounding areas. With new spots like The Anderson, PINCH Kitchen and Antica Mare opening in the neighborhood, NOT bringing up MiMo/El Portal/Ironside/Upper East Side (or whatever you want to call it) in culinary conversation is a glaring omission.

But before all these new spots started coming in, there was Mina’s Mediterraneo. The restaurant, which specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, has been serving up Turkish, Greek, Spanish, French and Italian flavors since 2013 — pretty good for a Miami restaurant. It wasn’t until just this year, however, that we discovered this local favorite. Shame on us because the food is exceptional.

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Byblos + Saffron Supper Club = A Happy Persian New Year

Saffron Supper Club - Byblos - Menu

Saffron Supper Club, our favorite pop-up dinner club, took over the dining room at Byblos on May 15 for an unforgettable Persian New Year celebration. This ode to Nowruz featured an array of traditional New Year dishes along with top sellers from the Mediterranean restaurant’s regular menu.

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Antica Mare: Not Just Another Italian Restaurant

Antica Mare - Patio

When we think of neighborhoods with good food, Shorecrest has typically been at the bottom of the list. Scratch that: it’s been nowhere on the list. But with recent additions like Pinch Kitchen and The Anderson in Shorecrest/El Portal/Mimo/Upper Eastside/whatever you want to call it, that whole area around the 79th Causeway is transforming into quite the foodie destination.

Antica Mare, with its delicious Italian offerings, should help bolster the neighborhood’s culinary identity even further. Read more