In 2021 it’s more than a bit ironic that a restaurant from New York named Shelter would find a home in sunny South Florida. The 305 has long been a destination for snowbirds or weary northerners seeking shelter during the coldest of months and 2021 has seen that spades. Among some of the hippest new spots to take root here this winter is Shelter, Brooklyn’s acclaimed wood-fired restaurant and bar, which opened there September 2013. Opening to the public Friday, March 26, 2021, Shelter Wynwood will feature the woodsy, “hunting lodge chic” design and style that has made it such a Williamsburg staple and will certainly play well in Wynwood given its artistic, bohemian vibe.
Seating 160, Shelter was named so after the central conceit that a great restaurant gives succor and shelter to its guests. It is a place to escape everyday life, relax, unwind, and feel loved with delicious food & drink as a medium for comfort. All of which is very much in need during these exhausting times.
Overflowing with delicious, rustic fare, informed by its creators’ Italian and Argentine roots and fueled by wood-burning oven, the menu promises variety, bold flavors and crave-able simplicity. Starters range from steamed mussels with crunchy fire-toasted bread; crispy artichokes with pecorino cheese dip, a meat & cheese board with all the fixings; truffled mac & cheese and fresh ceviche mixto. Pizzas, available gluten free if desired, are a fixture here. Standouts include Brussels sprouts with smoked mozzarella, fontina and pancetta; ham & peppers with mozzarella; quattro stagioni – mushroom, artichoke, olives and prosciutto cotto and truffle pizza with fontina, mushroom cream, mozzarella, Parmesan and, of course, truffle. Here empanadas are a must, with traditional and un-traditional offerings abounding. Destined to be big sellers: BBQ piggy empanadas served with coleslaw; humita – sweet corn, scallion, nutmeg and bechamel and mushroom, kale and goat cheese, among others.
Main-plates range from a roasted half-chicken with mashed potatoes and a delicious burger to parillada for two – ribeye, chorizo, morcilla, skirt steak, chicken – served with roasted vegetables and fries and slow-braised double rubbed pork ribs.
Given its look and feel – lots of wood, rustic/natural touches, handmade deer antler chandeliers and ski lodge design elements (yes, Miami, those are snow shoes on the wall) – it’s no surprise the bar program leans heavily toward brown spirits with lots of whiskies, scotches and bourbons on offer. Shelter Wynwood also promises to have a varied beer list emphasizing local and/or independent brewers, as well as a thoughtful wine and craft cocktail list.
Shelter Wynwood is located at 10 NE 27th Street in Miami. Dinner served nightly.
Telephone: (305) 603-8970; www.shelterbrooklyn.com.
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