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Singer Island’s 3800 Ocean to Host Exclusive Truffle Dinner

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It’s all about the truffle dinner. 3800 Ocean’s Executive Chef Larry LaValley of the luxury all-suite Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, will take diners on a culinary tour of the truffle via their taste buds at an exclusive Truffle and Prunotto Wine Pairing. The Dec. 12 event will feature a seven course menu utilizing the exotic ingredient, each of which will be paired with a Prunotto by Marchesi Antinori Wines.

The oceanfront event will commence at 7 p.m. for an Hors d ’Oeuvres reception, followed by dinner from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The truffle tasting and wine pairing is $165 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required:561-340-1795.

Reception Hors d’ Oeuvres

Crispy Oysters, Truffle Crème Fraiche Truffle and Artichoke Arancini,

Arugula Pesto Mini Tartlets of Truffle Ricotta, Tomato Jam, Toffee Pistachio

Prunotto, Roero Arneis 2012

At the Table

Truffle Stuffed New England Day Boat Scallop

Parsnip and Lobster Butter

Prunotto, Roero Arneis 2012

Truffle Studded “Torchon” of Foie Gras

Chestnut- Fennel Compote, Saba, Grilled Country Bread, Fleur de Sel

Prunotto, Barbera d’Alba, Pian Romualdo 2011

Swank Farms Truffle Heirloom Tomato Salad and Chilled Soup

Peekytoe Crab, Wild Arugula, Guanciale “Croutons,”Bochetto al Tartuffo

Prunotto, Nebbiolo d’Alba, ‘Occhetti’ 2010

Pancetta Wrapped Roulade of Rabbit Loin and White Alba Truffle Risotto

Chanterelles, Robiolo, Swank Baby Escarole

Prunotto, Barbaresco 2011

Prunotto, Barbaresco, Bric Turot 2008

Truffle Roasted Rack and Braised Leg of Domestic Lamb

Anson Mills Polenta, Roasted Baby Carrots, Local Kale, Minted English Pea

Prunotto, Barolo 2009

Modern “Tartufo”

Prunotto Moscato d’Asti 2013

Rising 20 stories above a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is the only all-suite beachfront property in Palm Beach County.  Each of its 193 suites offers spacious and stylish condo-style living in surroundings that are equally ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways and business travel. The décor is sleek and contemporary, with modern furnishings and a palette that evokes the sand, sea and sky. Dining choices range from exceptional American regional cuisine to casual Caribbean fare. The resort’s award-winning SiSpa offers sea-inspired pampering and wellness therapies, while its boutique-style meeting space beautifully accommodates high-powered conferences, exquisite beach weddings, and sophisticated social events.  Comfortably furnished outdoor spaces make the most of the Florida sun and sea breezes, inviting guests to relax poolside or gather for an evening of drinks and conversation by a fire pit. For more information call 561-340-1700 or visit www.marriott.com

Kuro restaurant a sophisticated Japanese restaurant

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When Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened its doors in the heart of South Florida in May 2004, it signaled the arrival of a one-of-a-kind gaming, dining and nightlife destination.  In the decade since, it has remained South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment.  January 2015 will see the arrival of the resort’s newest culinary innovation – Kuro, a sophisticated, social and interactive Japanese restaurant located inside the hotel. Kuro will feature an open dining room, chef’s table (omakase bar), sushi bar with view into the hot kitchen (sauté, tempura, robata grill), and pastry section, in addition to two private dining rooms and an outside dining area. The farm-fresh Japanese menu will offer new-style, handcrafted creations led by Kuro’s Executive Chef Alex Becker, who is also the resort’s Creative Culinary Director. Kuro mixologists will also serve handcrafted signature cocktails at the restaurant’s bar and lounge.

“The opening of Kuro will signal a major step forward for the resort’s culinary offerings,” saysJustin Wyborn, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. “Chef Alex is a visionary with amazing culinary technique. Kuro’s unique flavor profiles will have something for everyone. We’re very lucky to work with such an incredible talent who will elevate Kuro to the next level of new-style Japanese dining. ”

A combined seating of 240 for the entire restaurant is situated in a tiered open space design that offers many views to see-and-be-seen from anywhere in the room. The Kuro space will be full of light streaming in from the lounge skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the resort’s  pool area (which is currently also undergoing its own renovation). Kuro’s aesthetic has been conceived by the David Mexico Design Group.  David Mexico is inarguably one of the country’s foremost designers – with credits ranging from Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and Mesa Grill and Nobu Restaurants, to Alma de Cuba and the MGM Grand in Chengdu, China.

Kuro – Japanese for “black” – will be home to Becker’s New Style Japanese cuisine. Becker’s culinary background started at the Michelin-starred Ristorante Gardenia in Caluso, Italy. After studying the art of Japanese cuisine, he went on to work for the Nobu empire for nearly a decade. Most recently, Becker was the corporate executive chef for SBE’s Katsuya where he was responsible for opening locations worldwide. At Kuro, Becker will feature contemporary New Style creations applying classic Japanese techniques. Assisting Becker will be his Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, formerly of the Morimoto restaurant group.

Using both locally-sourced produce and specialty products imported from Japan, the chefs will craft unique culinary creations that are grounded in tradition yet progressive in concept and execution. Complementing the culinary offerings will be a well-appointed wine, beer and sake list, as well as an impressive array of Japanese whiskeys. A selection of handcrafted signature cocktails will use fresh ingredients in contemporary recipes with hints of Japanese flavors. Further information on all aspects of Kuro will be announced soon.

Scheduled to open January 2015, Kuro will be located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida.  Telephone: (954) 327-7625.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Where Rock Royalty Lives. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,200 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef’s Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe-Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 144 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way.

For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at:

www.seminolehardrockhollywood. com

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In celebration of Art Basel

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In celebration of Art Basel, local restaurants and lounges are serving up signature Basel-inspired cocktails:

Meat Market: Lincoln Road’s bustling hot spot for local foodies and Miami Beach trendsetters will feature a specialty bubbly libation for this year’s Art Basel. From December 4-7, Meat Market’s mixologists will serve up Bubbles for Basel – plum preserve, lemon citrus, orange liqueur and fennel bitters, topped with Blanc de Blancs and an edible flower. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road. Lunch and dinner daily. Telephone: (305) 532-0088; www.meatmarketmiami.com

Seagrape: For Art Basel 2014, the casually elegant Floridian brasserie led by critically acclaimed chef Michelle Bernstein will feature a refreshing Pampelonne ($14) – Aylesbury Duck vodka, St. Germain, Moscato d’Asti, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and basil. Seagrape is located at the brand new Thompson Miami Beach at 4041 Collins Avenue. Telephone:       (786) 605-4041; http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/thompson-miami-beach/eat-and-drink/seagrape

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Just a stone’s throw from Basel headquarters, Quattro will offer art enthusiasts their rendition of a Lychee Martini – ginger alchemy vodka, lychee, and Chambord Liqueur. Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road. Telephone: (305) 531-4833; www.quattromiami.com

Living Room at W South Beach: Living Room, the sultry, night-time playground nestled in the lobby of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, will pay homage to Art Basel 2014 with Green House – a verdant blend of vodka, flower liqueur, sage, rosemary, lime and sugar. Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Telephone: (305) 938-3000; http://www.wsouthbeach.com/living-room-bar

Miami Locations found in Chef

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The movie Chef is a 2014 drama that follows the life of fictional chef Carl Casper after a public altercation with a popular Los Angeles food critic causes him to quit his job. After returning to his hometown of Miami, Casper reconnects with old friends and family and begins to fix up a food truck in order to rediscover his culinary passion. Casper’s food truck, named El Jefe, serves Cuban sandwiches with yucca fries and visits various Miami hotspots before leaving on a cross-country road trip in an effort to get back to LA. Below, you will find a list of the places where Chef was filmed.


Known as The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant, Versailles is a must when visiting Miami. Since the movie is based around the Cuban cuisine, no other restaurant could have embodied this type of food in a better sense. Versailles is the personification of Cuban food and culture, sometimes being a neighborhood meeting spot for local residents and tourists alike. Although there is better Cuban food to be found in Miami, it is irrefutable that Versailles is an essential part of a Miami experience.

Where to find it: Versailles. 3555 SW 8TH STREET. 305-444-0240

Fontainebleau Hotel

Considered by many as the premiere hotel in the city, the Fontainebleau is a Miami icon. Even though the hotel has always been large and luxurious, it made a case for being breath-taking after its $1 billion 2-year renovation during the early 2000s. This historic hotel is home to one of Miami’s well-known clubs, LIV, and some of the city’s best restaurants, including Scarpetta, Hakassan, and Michael Mina 74.

Where to find it: Fontainebleau Hotel. 4441 COLLINS AVENUE MIAMI. 305-538-2000

Hoy Como Ayer

This Cuban club with dim lights tinged with red, cigars, and latin jazz blasting throughout the interior make a fun night out in Little Havana. They do operate as a restaurant, but make no mistakes about it: you are here to listen to music, to drink, and to dance. The best nights are Thursdays, with local favorites SPAM All-Stars providing grooving music that will keep you on the dance floor. The Cuban flavor and influence is ever-present throughout Hoy Como Ayer, being the best Latin Club in Miami.

Where to find it: Hoy Como Ayer. 2212 SW 8th St. (305) 541-2631

Los Pinarenos Fruteria

Imagine a Hispanic fruit stand and you have yourself Los Pinarenos. This petite market offers the complete Calle Ocho experience, including thick and creamy Batidos de Mamey, homemade tamales, Coco Frio, Guarapo, and live chickens walking around. Yes, we said live chickens, and these only add to the authentic experience that many places try to capture but fail on various levels. This no-nonsense type of place is a Miami gem, providing a taste of what true Cuban culture has to offer.

Where to find it: Los Pinarenos Fruteria. 1334 SW 8th St. (305) 285-1135

Lummus Park

Lummus park is the thing you see before making your way onto the sandy shores of the beach. Here, you get a true essence of South Beach’s lifestyle and beauty. The beautiful people that Miami has become synonymous with can be found here, whether it be lounging, working out, or just going for a stroll. Along with that, the eclectic people you will find, Lummus Park is in close proximity to South Beach’s most known locations and establishments. If you plan on experiencing Miami like a true local, you will find yourself around Lummus Park at least once.

Where to find it: Lummus Park. 10th St & Ocean Dr

Quattro on Lincoln Road

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My husband and I tend to shy away from all the busyness of Lincoln Road. Even after a year in Miami it still remains somewhat of a “mystery” to me. All of the restaurants look the same – mostly feel the same – and walking by you always get approached by borderline aggressive hostesses who are trying to get you to come in to their restaurants. My evening at the Italian restaurant Quattro showed to prove my “Lincoln Road theory” wrong! My husband and I were met by a welcoming hostess whom kindly asked us where we wanted to be seated. It had been a few chilly days in Miami, but even so, we chose a table next to one of the outdoor heaters. Upon our request they turned the heater to high, and we now had the perfect setting for a candlelit dinner with the excuse to do some of Miami Beach’s best people watching. Oscar, our server of the night, greeted us and handed us menus.

We decided to start off our evening with sparkling water accompanied by Italian – of course! – prosecco. Alongside with the wine he also served some wonderful crusty Italian bread. For appetizers we ordered Vitello Tonatto, which happens to be one of my childhood favorites – thinly sliced veal with a creamy sauce made from tuna, mayo and anchovies topped with capers, lemon and parsley. The secret here is the balance of flavors, you want it to be creamy, but the mayo can not overpower the other flavor components, and this they mastered to perfection. We also ordered the Octopus. This was served on a bed of chunky mashed potatoes with a lemony dressing and tomatoes and parsley for garnish. The Octopus was tender and had a nice char flavor (just how both my husband and I like it) I personally could have wished for a bit more acidity in the dressing.


For entrees we went with a “Risotto di Mare” (seafood) and a Filet Migon served with pepper sauce, sautéed fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus. The risotto had the perfect richness and depth from the tomatoes that you want in a good seafood risotto. They had chosen scallops, octopus, clams and mussels for this dish. The presentation here was authentic and simple. The Filet was perfect. It was tender, juicy and cooked just to our liking – Medium. The creamy sauce was nicely balanced with the spicy peppercorns, and the potatoes crispy and salty on the outside, and soft on the inside.

For dessert we were recommended the Panna Cotta – and yes, both the server and General Manger were “right on money”, this was by far the best Panna Cotta I have ever had outside of Italy. To me, the beauty of true Italian food is the simplicity of flavors and ingredients. The Panna cotta was a great example of just that: cream, sugar and vanilla bean. It was accompanied by a homemade tart lemon sorbet and ripe berries. The combination of sweet and tart turned out to be the perfect ending to a hearty, comforting Italian dinner. If you are looking for a romantic and authentic restaurant, I would definitely recommend Quattro on Lincoln Road! I cannot wait to return in the near future. A big Thank You to Quattro for excellent service and food.


By Contributor Writer Marie Larson


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Arepas have gained popularity in Miami throughout the past few years, and the newly opened Amaize in Doral is hoping to be a leader when it comes to this market. Cleverly using the English word synonymous with corn in its name (which also happens to be what arepas are made from), this addition to the neighborhood happens to actually live up to its name and deliver an “A-maize-ing” product.

The concept stems from the fast casual idea that restaurants like Smashburger follow. Basically, you have a menu with preconceived variations of arepas and an option to do it yourself. After you order in line with a visible kitchen operating in front of you, you pay and are handed a number. You choose an available table and your food is then taken to you. Although I do appreciate the method that has been concocted to get the product to you in an efficient manner, I am always confused about whether I should tip the person bringing my food to the table. Although they are not technically a server, they always manage to provide stellar hospitality. Everyone hear has a genuine want to cater to your needs, leading to one of the most satisfactory customer service experiences I have had in Doral in a few months.

The suggested menu arepas are based from those available in the concept’s native Venezuela, such as the Reina Pepiada (called the Beauty Queen) and the Pabellon (called the Mechado Mix). On the other hand, Amaize has also created a few options to cater to the American market. Such is the case with Portobello-Tofu combo and the Caprese Latina Combo. After sampling the Mechado Mix, I can say that the arepas at Amaize can easily become a lunchtime staple. The Mechado contained flavorful and succulent shredded beef similar to ropa vieja, black beans that added earthiness to the overwhelming flavors of the beef, shredded cheese that added a cool and refreshing aspect, and baked plantains that provided sweetness. Overall, this arepa was a successful exercise in hitting all major flavor profiles.

Visiting on a weekday night led to quite a surprise due to a packed house. Usually, restaurants usually slip up within their first few weeks of service, but Amaize was comfortable caring for all the customers. It is clear that everyone is properly trained and happy to be there. Management has done a great job, and this is a concept that I would not mind seeing in other locations.


3887 NW 107th Ave Unit 101. Doral, FL 33178
(786) 542-1559

Porfirio’s Restaurant Mexican-Inspired Brunch Cocktails

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Porfirio’s Restaurant is adding some sizzle to the South of Fifth brunch scene with a variety of savory dishes offered at seven different stations and a bevy of delicious cocktails. Patrons are invited to indulge in Mexican creations put together by Executive Chef Luis Miguel Cortazar including authentic Mexican Cheeses, Cazuelas, Pozole, Soups, Eggs, a Raw Bar and Desserts. The cazuelas featured for brunch include Cochinita Pibil, Yucatan-style ‘pibil’ slow roasted pork, marinated in bright citrus juices; Mole Poblano, pulled chicken in exotic “twenty spice” mole; Camarones al Chipotle, prawns marinated with spicy chipotle pepper sauce and many more traditional Mexican dishes. Salads will be available to those looking for lighter fare. At the raw bar, guests can choose from Yucatan, Peruvian, or Caribbean style ceviches, as well as shrimp cocktail and Moro crab claws. Also available for brunch-goers is an à la carte menu with choices such as Pescado Al Pastor, fresh local fish, rubbed with peppers and spices achiote sauce, topped with diced grilled pineapple, onions and cilantro; Chile Relleno De Queso, poblano pepper stuffed with queso panela and mozzarella, immersed in smoked chipotle tomato sauce; and Sábana Invierno, traditional Mexican flattened tenderloin steak, decadently topped with refried beans, tomatillo verde sauce, mozzarella cheese and sour cream. Desserts range from Flan Casero to Churros, dough fritters with crème anglais, caramel, strawberry, chocolate syrup and hot cocoa.

A variety of cocktails such as Bloody Marias, Porfirio’s Mexican take on the traditional Bloody Mary with tequila, Mexmosas made with Mexican sparkling wine, Micheladas and Margaritas such as Mango, Jamaican Cilantro, Watermelon Jalapeño and Tamarindo  are available.

Porfirio’s Executive Chef Luis Miguel Cortazar has an extensive background in Mexican cuisine having served as Executive Chef at various resorts throughout Mexico such as Azul Sensatori Resort & Spa and Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso in Puerto Morelos. At the start of his career, Cortazar had the privilege of working at Zuberoa, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain. Over the course of his career, Cortazar has held positions at resorts in Bora Bora and Bermuda. As Executive Chef of Grupo Anderson, he has taken Mexican cuisine to the next level and continues to push the boundaries with innovative recipes and playful presentations.

The brunch buffet is $55 per person (tax and gratuity are not included) with one welcome drink included, plus an additional $25 for all you can drink brunch cocktails with premium liquor. Children under 12 years old can enjoy this tasty brunch for $19.

Porfirio’s Restaurant, located at 850 Commerce Street on Miami Beach, is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Brunch is available on Sundays starting November 23rd from 11am-4pm. Valet parking is available. For more information, please visit porfiriosrestaurant.com or call (786) 216-7675.

Brava restaurant is located in the Ziff Ballet Opera House

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Brava restaurant is a beautiful new addition the Miami scene will include all locally sourced food with the farm to table concept. The menu will be prefixed to ensure prompt service. The set menu is a reasonable choice with options of fish, chicken, beef, and vegetarian. The restaurant will only be open the days of performances with two seating to accommodate guests.

Located in the upstairs, the dining room is large overlooking the Adriane Arsh Center.  All orders are taken using an Ipad to ensure the food arrives promptly. Upon sitting down a chef’s gift tapas plate was presented which included Serrano ham, chorizo sausage, artichoke, manchego cheese, drunken goat cheese and Spanish olives. This was perfect way to start the meal.

For the first course we tried the fresh vibrant colored avocado and tomato salad, dressed with onion, cilantro and cumin vinaigrette. The dish was simple, but very tasty. For the main course we tried the grilled filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed asparagus, and a demi glaze.  We also shared pan seared yellowtail snapper with mango salsa, greens, and saffron rice.

In true Miami fashion, the service was a bit over the top, but attentive. This is extremely important for the preshow clientele they will be serving.  To end the meal we enjoyed a lovely array of classic desserts served shooter style. We tried the cream brulee and strawberry cheesecake, which were both done well.

Over all it was beautiful evening. Brava restaurant is wonderful option for preshow dining in Miami.

By Contributor Writer Anna Keeler

Get Funky every Friday at Semilla Eatery & Bar

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South Beach farm-to-table gastropub hosts Funky Friday happy hour with live entertainment

South Beach’s neighborhood gastropub, Semilla Eatery & Bar, has launched its newest weekly party called Funky Fridays. Every Friday, Semilla will be hosting a night of music, food and drinks to celebrate the end of the workweek and the start of the weekend. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy a special happy hour menu, which includes glasses of wine, Florida draft beer, specialty cocktails and an array of small bites like potstickers and oysters for only $6 each. In collaboration with South American rum brand Diplomatico, Semilla will also be offering special Diplomatico drinks to sip and savor. DJ Louloua will be providing the soundtrack each night with an eclectic mix of house, electronica and techno.

For additional information or reservations, visit semillamiami.com or call 305.674.6522.

Every Friday
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Semilla Eatery & Bar
1330 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 with the Green Dragon Group

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 is fast approaching, and Green Dragon Group has the perfect occasion to brighten up your holiday season. The sustainable development company will be presenting a first-look at its newest real estate venture Fifty Seven during the exhibition for Peter Marino—a high-fashion architect who’s designed for luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. The event will take place at the VIP Lounge at Bass Museum of Art, located at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m. Complimentary Champagne and Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies, the healthy indulgence perfect for the New Year, will be provided.

Designed by award-winning firm Sieger Suárez Architects, Fifty Seven will be an iconic mixed-use mid-rise residential building, complete with an infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and ground-level businesses designed for and committed to sustainability. Fifty Seven, with 84 units ranging approximately from 2,200 to 4,400 square feet, will be well-integrated into the city’s urban scene of Miami Upper Eastside and in close proximity to the fashionable Miami Design District. Envisioned as a pedestrian-friendly enclave, Fifty Seven will connect its residents to the world-class dining and shopping destinations throughout the area.