One year after opening, Midtown Oyster Bar updates its concept to emulate a Mediterranean seaside eatery but keeping its American classics and jeweled oysters.
The new appetizers, salads and main courses, following the new tagline “A Fish Kitchen,” tour the coastline of Spain, Italy, France and Greece with dishes incorporating sardines, mussels, baby smelt, shrimp, clams, octopus and calamari.
Novelties include the “Crudo” section which showcases seafood at its best such as the the salmon tiradito – marinated salmon with orange and pink peppercorn - and the Branzino carpaccio – thinly-sliced served with fennel, Tuscan pecorino and caramelized walnut - for example. New appetizers include the Spanish octopus, the mussels (two ways: garlic or tomato sauce) and the Fritto Misto, served with tartar sauce. The Entrepan (Catalan for “in between bread”) section mixes the new with the old, the American with the Mediterranean. The Smoked Salmon Rustico is an open-faced sandwich on house-made rustic bread layered with smoked salmon, cream cheese, crispy onions, arugula and capers while the White Fish Ciabatta is the fresh fish of the day prepared Milanese and served with romaine lettuce and tzatziki sauce on a house-made soft white bread. Overall, spices and garnishes are approachable from a simple splash of e.v.o.o. to the more elaborate traditional tzatziki sauce.
The Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, Cod Croquettes and two signature sandwiches remain: MOB Burger and Lobster Roll. Daily specials will also incorporate American classics.
Sourcing from the most reputable farms on the East and West coasts of the United States, Midtown Oyster Bar will continue to showcase the freshest selection of oysters in its revamped menu including favorites such as Island Creek, Malabar, Chatham, Hama Hama, Blue Pool and more.
Front of the house guru, Nicola Abbate, joins the wave of changes as the newest addition to the team.
“Midtown Oyster Bar is amazing, a little gem hidden in Midtown,” states Abbate. “I am so excited to be part of it. The new menu has kept what was working very well such as the extraordinary oysters but now we focus on Mediterranean flavors.”
Inspired by the ocean, the seasonal menu focuses on amazing daily flown-in oysters and seafood dishes with strong Mediterranean influences while keeping American favorites available. The 500-square-foot dining room was designed with nautical accents and colors and is located in the bustling Midtown neighborhood. Midtown Oyster Bar, 3301 NE 1st Ave., Suite 103-1, Miami, FL 33137. Tel: 786-220-2070.
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