South Beach offers a unique variety of pricey steak restaurants filled with gleaming wood and sparkling crystal. While some cater to romantic dinners and quiet conversations, others create a more lively atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating a special event. That’s where we’ll place STK Miami which held pride of place at the former Gansevoort Hotel in Collins Park prior to the multimillion dollar renovations that transformed the massive property into 1 Hotel & Homes earlier this year. As the newest iteration launched, the popular eatery completed updates to the interior and STK returned to the scene once again. Part of an international chain, STK has locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York plus distant destinations in London and Milan.
The latest updates to the Collins Avenue restaurant and lounge space include a sleek stone bar with dramatic, tusk-shaped light fixtures, long leather banquette-style bench seating to facilitate people-watching, and the return of the two-tier catwalk where area scenesters readily strut their stuff. The loft like dining area is dimly lit like a Vegas supperclub and attracts a well-dressed crowd who enjoy lively music crafted by the resident DJ. As the hour grows late, the volume increases. Executive Chef Aaron Taylor heads the busy kitchen where steaks are served in smaller and larger portions to suit the diets of health-conscious Floridians and hearty expense account types as well.
Starters include classic steakhouse salads plus seasonal favorites like citrusy lump crab, tuna tartare and grilled octopus with Peruvian purple potatoes. The house signature “Lil’ Brgs” (wagyu beef sliders) that have put STK on the map are available with toppings of freshly shaved truffles or rich foie gras. Steak lovers can choose from small, medium and large cuts encompassing a 6 ounce filet up to a hefty 34 ounce cowboy ribeye that’s ideal for two to share. Guests can top their beef with a variety of eight different sauces spiked with blue cheese, garlic, chimichurri and horseradish. Menu options also include Maine lobster with a sweet citrus butter, chili rubbed rack of lamb and market-fresh seafood.
STK Miami @ 1 Hotel & Homes
2311 Collins Avenue, South Beach (305) 604-6988
Serving Monday and Thursday 6pm to midnight, Tuesday and Wednesday until 11pm, Friday and Saturday until 1am and Sundays until 10pm.