Good Food – Good Vibe – Good Karma” is the concept of life according to The Gang in Midtown, an Asian fusion restaurant serving an East Asian mixed menu with a Bangkokian Thai twist by husband and wife team Bogdan and Jacqueline Niculae. Veteran restaurateurs in their native Romania, the duo traveled throughout Asia spending time in Thailand and Hong Kong where they were inspired by the cuisine, culture, and designs. This led them to journey to Miami in hopes of replicating their success in what they describe as the most electric city. Located in the heart on Midtown on 3500 N. Miami Ave, The Gang provides an edgy culinary destination of value with generous portion servings for their artist neighbors looking for the Wynwood vibe- in essence the inspiration for the name derived from their circle of artistic friends.
Housed in a loft like industrial space, the Gang is described by Bogdan as more than just a restaurant, “The Gang is a concept of life. It’s about interior design, art, healthy living, and sports.” explains chef/owner Bogdan Niculae. The Gang’s quirkiness is apparent upfront with the white subway tiled main wall that’s lined with a pillow-topped bench fitted with a burlap-like material bearing the restaurants logo. The visual journey continues with a row of sky blue washing machines converted into a bar, color-blocked chairs and wood-topped tables adorned with orchids in orange and teal vases, Vintage-treated eggshell-colored armoires and shelves double as server stations with an arcade video game in the corner to pass the time.
The space’s creativity extends to the presentation of dishes, for which ingredients are bought fresh daily, like the ragoons used for the Green Tea Crab ($6); Foie Gras served inside a mason jar on a bed of mămăligă- Romanian polenta ($10), Samuiwok homemade noodles with sautéed vegetables—and your choice of chicken ($18), beef ($20) or seafood ($20)—and Malaysian roasted lamb chops with garlic, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and fresh basil ($20) served on communal gray and terra-cotta slate trays.
Local’s favorites include:
Shrimp Dumplings Soup ($7), Malaysian Lamb Chops ($20), Asian Honey Duck Leg ($23)
The Gang also offers a late night lounge experience with a full mixology bar, and a top notch
The Gang is located at 3500 North Miami Ave. 33127 (Across from Midtown)