DINING & DRINKING HOTSPOTS FOR ART BASEL 
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Chef Jose Mendin of Food Comma Hospitality Group, who just opened Habitat, his latest concept inside Miami Beach’s 1 Hotel South Beach, is gearing up to showcase the restaurant during Art Basel Miami Beach/Miami Art Week. For the star-studded week, Chef Mendin along with Michelin-starred chef de cuisine, Angel Palacios, and mixologist Pedro Sanchez will be creating a tantalizing tapas and cocktail menu which will be offered in Habitat’s mezzanine lounge throughout Miami Art Week from 6 PM to midnight. Live music will be available nightly beginning at 9 PM. Also on tap will be Chef Jose Mendin’s beloved Late-Night Ramen series which will be offered from midnight to 2 AM. Habitat is located at 2395 Collins Avenue. Reservations are recommended and are available via OpenTable.  www.habitatmb.com.
The newly opened BLT Steak at the Iberostar Berkeley offers a great solution for those who want to grab and go while Baseline. Chef Carlos Torres will be offering his hot new signature dish – steak tartare tacos – to go! Also available, elote (Mexican corn). Just order with the restaurant hostess right inside the hotel entrance between 8 PM and 11 PM. Tacos are priced at $18; elote $7, or order a combo for $20. BLT Steak Miami is located at the newly opened Iberostar Berkeley Hotel at 1610 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, in addition to in-room dining and the hotel’s rooftop pool deck. Reservations are suggested. https://bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/miami/.
Macallan Presents NaiYaRa by Herbert Galarza! Art aficionados and scene-makers should add another must-visit destination to their Art Basel to-do list: NaiYaRa restaurant and bar on Miami Beach. In celebration of Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach, NaiYaRa will host widely known South American street artist Herbert Galarza. Infamous for his “Graffiti-pop” style, Galarza fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create highly individualized messages about society and culture. During dinner service on Friday, December 8 the restaurant will double as a gallery, exhibiting a number of Galarza’s work. From 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, the artist will be onsite painting live. In full view of the dining room and NaiYaRa’s bustling bar, what better way to take in just a fraction of the amazing art that takes over the 305 every December. Co-sponsored by Macallan scotch, the event will also feature a pop-up shop featuring not just works by the artist, for sale, but also custom-painted bottles of Macallan; timeless, one-of-a-kind remembrances from Basel 2018. Diners and imbibers will also be able to order exclusive, one-night-only Macallan pours. NaiYaRa is located at 1854 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL. Reservations are recommended and are available via Opentable.  www.naiyara.com
The Strand Bar & Grill opened its doors November 2017 in a beautiful shorefront setting on Miami Beach. This new dining concept, located at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, delivers a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of carefully considered new American fare infused with innovative touches from Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich, with sweeping ocean views. The menu features an approachable assortment of dishes that highlight South Florida’s organic community, sourcing ingredients from local boutique farms. Standout dishes will include: Stracciatella with black Mission figs, basil and chicory; Sea Scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, pomegranate, Brussels sprouts and black truffle; Kampachi Crudo with asparagus, yuzu, radish and rice crisp; Lamb Trio – lamb loin, belly and merguez sausage, served with smoked yogurt, za’atar, confit tomato and cucumber gremolata; and Squid Ink Tagliatelle with squid, olive, tomato and broccoli crema. The Strand Bar & Grill is located at 6801 Collins Avenue. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. http://www.thestrandmiami.com/. Reduced valet parking is available for $10.