Archive for July, 2010
I took my wife here last Saturday. We had heard so much about the renovations and the reopening and since we used to like it there before we wanted to see what the “new” Forge would be like. Our experience was really wonderful. We shared the beef tataki as an appetizer and it was exquisite. I had the churasco steak and my wife had the duck. Both were amazing and actually the prices were much lower than I remembered at the old Forge. My wife could not stop talking about how she had never had duck that good. We did not wait long at all. The server and hostess were extremely knowledgeable and down to earth. It was also really nice to be able to try out different wines with the new wine machines they have as opposed to having to order a bottle of one wine. I’d highly recommend. We are going back next week with our friends…
Decided to try out the newly renovated Forge a few days after the re-opening. I was thoroughly impressed and would definitely come back again.
Gone is the opulent interior and outrageous furniture for a more modern and updated style. However, the stained glass ceilings and some of the original chandeliers remain the same, but still blend well with the new feel.
As soon as we walked in we were warmly greeted and decided to check out the bar first before we sat down for dinner. We didn’t try the different wine samplers, but would try it out the next time I come back considering it was reasonably priced.
For the appetizer we had the tuna tatare and was one of the best I’ve had. My meal was the 18oz steak with garlic mashed potatoes. The steak was a little over cooked on the outside, but was pretty decent. My girlfriend had the mushroom risotto and that was delicious. I found myself eating off her plate!
They still have a plenty of wines to choose from with many at good prices that won’t leave a hole in your wallet. I couldn’t believe how friendly the waiters, bartenders and maitre d were, hopefully it continues to stay that way. I would come back in the near future because the prices was very good and the food was superb.
Some restaurants are lauded for their cuisine, their decor, and their outrageous profits, but how about for the best bathrooms? Cintas Corporation is taking nominations now for America’s Best Restroom. Winner will be announced in September and win the coveted ABR plaque of recognition during a formal ceremony. Top five vote getters will win a place in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. Nothing to sniff at. Past winners include the WC at the University of Notre Dame, Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Ohio and Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, OH. We nominate newly reopened The Forge Restaurant I Wine Bar for the lighting, decor (Helmut Newton on the wall!), modular toilets, well lit makeup mirrors, sleek sinks with one touch hot and cold buttons, and high tech trash cans that automatically open for you so you don’t have an unpleasant encounter with someone else’s throwaways. To nominate your pick, click here. [EaterWire]
More About The Forge [EaterWire]
Status: After almost a year of renovations, rumors and revamps, The Forge, or, rather, The Forge Restaurant I Wine Bar, is finally reopening on Wednesday, March 31. And although the stalwart, 40-year-old Miami Beach landmark is opening on a day which used to be its most popular, when nubile models, bedazzled beauties and assorted celebrities mixed with creaky octogenarians over Super Steaks consumed well past midnight amidst a sonic boom of disco, there’s nothing remotely old Forge about the new Forge. Even the restaurant’s staunchest disciples likely had a nip/tuck here and there during the restaurant’s absence from the scene. And like them, The Forge is ready for its close up. Say goodbye to that whole Dynasty meets 90210 vibe and say hello to the Kardashians, maybe The City, but by no means Jersey Shore. Ok, well maybe just a tad. The scripted reality that is the new Forge, featuring Dewey LoSasso in the kitchen, has already begun taking reservations.
As for the restaurant’s new look, it’s modern with earthy elements and like many in Miami, the dark woods have gone blond. There are still some remnants of Alvin Malnik’s Forge, including some stained glass, main dining room chandelier, large brick wall and oversized mirror. But what used to be the bar is now an extension of the main dining room and the (oxymoron alert) old Nouveau Room and the Dome Room are now one, huge 30-person rectangular bar/table. The former Wine Dining Room is now a large 12-person table with oversized tufted chairs and enclosed by glass doors.
A peak at the menu shows that while some of the signature dishes of dinners past remain—the aforementioned Super Steak and the U2 Shrimp are still there – there are also lots of new dishes a la LoSasso. Among them: Lobster Peanut Butter & Jelly (toasted brioche, chopped fresh peanuts, onion marmalade, diced chilled lobster), “Burger and Bordeaux” (grilled Angus sirloin burger topped with boneless short ribs and lobster marmalade, truffle French fries, pomegranate ketchup, served with a tasting of Bordeaux), and Grilled Whole Branzino (wild mushroom/miso broth). Also new: an 80-bottle, wine-by-the-glass Enomatic System allowing the option to sample a variety of vintages from the restaurant’s extensive cellar collection. We’re sure a variety of vintages of Forge diners will appreciate that, too. [EaterWire]
Popular Miami Beach restaurant the Forge, which closed in April 2009 for renovations, reopened in late March following extensive changes to its dining and event spaces. The menu has also been revamped from predominately steak house fare to a more diverse selection of seafood, meats, salads, and pasta dishes.
The main dining room has doubled in size and can seat 130 in club chairs and loveseats at each table. The back section of the dining room also has a communal table for 20 near the sommelier station and Enomatic wine system, which allows guests to try different wines by the glass from an automatic pouring machine.
The bar, now adjacent the dining room, seats 36 and offers full dinner service.
The venue also has multiple areas for private events. The 18-seat boardroom off the main dining area has floor-to-ceiling glass doors looking out toward the butler’s station, which provides guests a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant’s service. The 40-seat library is behind the butler’s station and is decorated with walls of books, dim lighting, stained-glass wall details, leather club chairs, and small wooden tables.
For larger events, the East Room can seat 200 or hold 300 for a reception and has a separate entrance. The room has French doors opening to a courtyard, which can be used as a prefunction or separate event space, with a separate bar and room for 100 guests.
For meetings or dinner parties, the wine cellar can seat 22.