NYE IN A NUTSHELL
Don’t feel like staying in for New Year’s Eve? Dress in white and gold for the annual Five Star New Year’s Eve party on Watson Island. The celeb- and family-friendly event draws hundreds of international revelers to its million-dollar, pop-up pavilion and chic beach setting with multiple bars to watch private fireworks and dance to DJ sets. Arrange to be ferried there by YachtLife’s 55’ VanDutch vessel for an extra fee. Other than Forte Dei Marmi’s big bash (which we featured last week), Nobu Eden Roc Hotel is a hot destination for the night; savor its buffet dinner before dancing to the Knocks. After performing with his hip-hop band, the Roots, at the Arsht Center, Questlove hits the decks at EAST, Miami’s secret lounge on the 40th floor.
fivestarnye.com. nobuedenroc.com; east-miami.com
NYE BEYOND MIAMI
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale’s special dinner at Burlock Coast, poolside luau and Astor Lounge after-party sold out awhile ago, but there are plenty of other options around town. Billy Joel fans will be front and center when he takes the BB&T stage at 9:30 p.m. for the second NYE in a row—sounds like the start of a tradition. Nisí plans a five-course, music-filled dinner complete with a ball-drop countdown. Dishes include salmon and seabass tartare, grilled octopus with Greek salad, and surf-and-turf of Maine lobster and filet mignon. Sushi diehards should dive into Kuro’s NYE omakase, a decadent array with truffled king crab to a chestnut mousse Mont Blanc for dessert. Down in the Florida Keys? Amara Cay Resort hosts a seated dinner followed by a burlesque show.
thebbtcenter.com; nisigroup.com; seminolehardrockhollywood.com; amaracayresort.com
Not a late-night person? Ring in the New Year with a festive brunch instead. It’s also a good excuse to try one of the many new restaurants that are elevating the repast. Bakehouse Brasserie, the latest concept from Menin Hospitality culinary director Bernie Matz, offers Parisian pastries and all-day breakfast until 5 p.m. Listen to live music and sip bottomless mimosas on New Year’s Day, while tucking into croissant French toast oozing bananas Foster, and bagel platters with homemade gravlax among the works. Or go straight for the burger, pictured, dubbed the royale with cheese. Francis Mallmann celebrates with a live-fire asado brunch at his Los Fuegos in Faena Hotel. Upland’s sunny décor is ideal for morning meals, such as a melt-in-your-mouth omelet stuffed with Swiss cheese and herbs.
bakehousesouthbeach.com; faena.com; uplandmiami.com
If you have a houseful of guests to entertain during the holiday week, take them on an art tour. PAMM presents “Julio Le Parc: Form into Action,” which was one of Art Basel’s buzzworthy exhibits, through March 19, 2017. Guest curator and Latin American art champion Estrellita Brodsky organized the Argentine artist’s first retrospective in North America with over 100 works dating from 1958 to 2013. Even better, stop by tonight for Thursday’s weekly happy hour on the terrace. The Bass Museum of Art commissioned Ugo Rondinone for “Miami Mountain,” a 42-foot permanent installation in Collins Park. The column of massive, neon boulders is based on his “Seven Magic Mountains” work in Nevada. Rubell Family Collection’s three new shows focus on recent acquisitions, Brazilian artists and Latin American video art.
pamm.org; thebass.org; rfc.museum