Shireen’s Spotlight: Coya Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Coya Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Coya Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Coya Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Coya Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Coya Miami

What:

Coya Miami 999 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131

Why:

When I arrived at Coya in downtown Miami last week, it was a complete madhouse (in a good way). The place was packed and totally buzzing with Friday night energy. Even though I had heard it was one of the hottest tickets in town for dinner, man, I had no idea! The bold and the beautiful of Miami had officially found their new hot spot.

The restaurant itself, which serves Peruvian food with a contemporary twist, is just as sexy as the crowd that frequents it. The main dining room, which is flanked with a Ceviche Counter, is decorated in velvety yellows, brushed ceramic tiles, black and cream marbling and cast iron detailing.

I decided to have dinner in Coya’s famous Pisco Bar. It’s decorated in bold colors, rich textures and moody lighting. My first drink of the night was a clean, classic and extra frothy “Pisco Sour” — they obviously know how to whip up their signature Peruvian cocktail. Next up…

The “Nikkei Smash” (a whiskey-based drink served in a copper mug). It was strong enough for a man, but dressed to seduce a woman. The “Miami Elixir” (made with vodka, falernum, pomegranate and fresh lemon juice) was pretty and packed a major punch. đŸ˜‹

For starters, I tried two Peruvian Sashimi plates: “Pez Limon” (with yellowtail, green chili and radish) and “Atun Nikkei” (yellowfin tuna, ginger and chili salsa). Both were fresh with a spicy kick. I also had a small dish (an appetizer portion) of “Tacos de Salmon” with tomato and avocado. They were bite-sized perfection.

I was totally pumped to try one of their Iron Pot dishes. I went with the “Cazuelas Langosta” (cazuelas means “cooking pot” in English) filled with lobster, rice, watercress and salsa. Last but definitely not least, I feasted on the mind-blowing “Pescado Entero” (their whole crispy catch of the day) with a bowl of veggies. I loved its dramatic presentation filled with fried fishy goodness. It was EVERYTHING.

At the end of the night, I was escorted to Coya’s private lounge (for members only). The intimate gathering was geared toward live music, mingling guests and of course, drinks and dinner. I mean…

Who needs dessert when you have delicious food, a beautiful crowd and mystery behind an exclusive door? That’s why Coya Miami is definitely one of my new favorite things. Oh, and that fish, though!

Where:

Coya is located in downtown Miami on Brickell Avenue. Parking is always tough in this area but luckily, the restaurant offers valet on the North side of the building.

When:

Dinner is Sunday-Thursday 6pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 6pm-12pm.
(for brunch, lunch and bar hours: www.coyarestaurant.com/miami)

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.Great Gatsby
For reservations: miamireservations@coyarestaurant.com
Twitter: @CoyaMiami IG: @coyamiami FB: Coya Miami
(dress code: no flip flops, sleeveless shirts, baseball caps, sports team shirts.)James Woodley Photography
Produced by Jessie Rosario
Styling: Jackie Kay
(wardrobe provided by Koveted Collection shop the look on IG: @shopkoveted)
Editor: Matthew “Iron Pot” Auerbach

special thanks to Tara, Ink.

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