The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

The Forge, Miami Beach, (305) 538-8533

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Miss A Loves the Forge

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Miami Maven
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami Beach
By Kara Franker
August 16, 2011

The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar continues to be Miami Beach’s social epicenter, attracting A-list celebrities, athletes, politicians and anyone who loves exquisite food and wine pairings.

I had the pleasure of dining for the first time at The Forge on Saturday night and I would highly recommend this fine establishment to any critic, foodie or wine connoisseur. The service was impeccable and the farm-to-fork inspired food by famed and highly acclaimed Chef Dewey LoSasso was brilliant. I had the night’s special – grilled local swordfish in a toasted garlic chili broth with oreganato bread crumbs, cippolini, and broccoli rabe salad. It was amazing. Check out the menu here for a delicious list of to-die-for culinary sensations.

Owner Shareef Malnik shut down The Forge after 40 years to reinvent the restaurant and implement $10 million worth of upgrades. There are a number of Murano chandeliers and Malnik’s collection of art and antiques adorn the walls. Each room in the restaurant exudes a stunning, old-world elegance combined with a Miami chic modern feel. In addition to five dramatically exquisite dining rooms, The Grand Tasting Room and Forge Bar, there is an adjoining nightclub, Glass at The Forge and the East Room at The Forge available for live music performances and private parties.

The famed Wine Cellar at The Forge contains more than 300,000 vintages in an eight-room cellar within the restaurant. It is considered by oenophiles to be one of the finest collections in the world. The rarest bottles, including a 1792 Madeira and an 1822 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild – the latter worth an estimated $150,000 – are secured in a chamber behind floor-to-ceiling iron gates.

Private tours of the cellar by Forge sommeliers are available upon request. The collection is consistently recognized by Wine Spectator, which has awarded the restaurant its highest honors – The Grand Award and 2002 Best of Award of Excellence. The new enomatic wine system contains 80 bottles by the glass to be sampled with a Forge Wine Card.

The good news is that Chef Dewey LoSasso has created a special menu for Miami Spice. Click here to view the menu.

The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar
432 41st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Ph. 305-538-8533

Call 305-538-8533 or go online to the The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar website and make a reservation.
All photos courtesy of The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar

Jenny From the Block

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Jennifer Lopez has had a spectacular career and has more in store of her. Negotiating her second tour as a judge for American Idol, she is also learning a new part of her life: being single after seven years of marriage. For her 42nd birthday, she, with her entourage of 16 spent this past weekend in Miami. Miami has become a true hot spot for celebrities, and Miami loves them back. A major city for television production and Spanish language media, Miami over the past decade has come into its own. It’s elegance factor has risen extensively and it has been able to generate events such as the important art fair Basel Miami Beach and world class restaurants such as The Forge. This is what attracts the famous jet setter crowd to Miami. Not surprising that Ms. Lopez chose a very private evening at The Forge Restaurant as part of her Birthday celebration; choosing the private wine cellar as the perfect environment: “Jennifer and her group arrived around 9pm and went directly to the private wine cellar for a pre-birthday dinner, an insider said. It was very secluded and beautiful among the bottles with bold and vibrant labels. The meal was served on a long rectangle mirrored table with cloud-like chandeliers hanging above.” The Forge Restaurant is very appreciative of their celebrity clientele and of the generous media coverage that these spectacular moments receive. Happy Birthday Jennifer.

Happy Birthday for J. Lo at the Forge

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The New York Post published this paper about Birthday Girl Jennifer Lopez: Birthday girl
“Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 42nd birthday as a single woman with her manager Benny Medina, her stylist and a group of six girls at The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami on Friday night. It was her first public appearance since the announcement that she and Marc Anthony were divorcing. Looking stunning in a Pucci-esque long dress, J. Lo and her group dined in the private cellar among millions of dollars of wine, and she was beaming when the servers came in and sang “Happy Birthday” and brought her a soufflé for dessert.”

Jennifer has great taste and what better place to celebrate her birthday than at The Forge Restaurant. This birthday is an important one as she is starting a new moment of her life. The Forge is the place in Miami for an elegant, delicious and wonderful celebration.

Danielle Steel, Happy Birthday and The Forge

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Danielle Steel, who is known the world over for her dramatic Romance novels has sold more than 800 million books. She is a record holder in that her novels have held their place on the New York Times bestseller list for 390 consecutive weeks. Steel was born in New York, her father a descendant from the Lowenbrau beer family and her mother was the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat. Spending her childhood between New York and Paris she was raised within the very chic environment of the rich and the famous. This environment influenced her writing and the stories that she narrates in her novels. Ms. Steel has been married five times, has had children, and has always written. In her stories, she always includes daily details of the complex lives of her leading high society characters. In her most recent novel, “Happy Birthday”, the act of the birthday- a celebration of a new year in one’s life and the planning of a new and better year to come becomes an important undertone of the novel and the birthday is also a very important day for many of us. Often in her books she names the famous restaurants in New York and Paris where the glamorous people go. In “Happy Birthday” the main characters go to Miami and dine at The Forge. Ms. Steel knows what elegance is. The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar is a fabulous place to celebrate a birthday.

Lindsay Lohan

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We love Lindsay Lohan. Besides her recent escapades (remember your coming of age?), she was loved in “The Parent Trap”; I must have seen “Freaky Friday” with my daughter one hundred times. She is a talented, lovely actress. Lohan is also known as a young woman of good taste, with an exquisite fashion sense and an established elegant lifestyle. It’s no wonder that CEO Jerry Powers of Plum Magazine hired her for a cover shoot for his luxury magazine on the rooftop of the Raleigh Hotel in Miami. Very blonde and very sleek, she is a good choice to represent the magazine end of this luxury cable network. For her recent Miami trip, Lohan was seen dining at the best restaurant in Miami: The Forge. Lindsay Lohan, a celebrity trendsetter definitely knows where to find fine dining. Her choices of Pomegranate Barbeque Lamb Spareribs and Alaskan-King-Crab-Legs are representative of her well defined taste and passion for good food.

The Forge on the Cover in China

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The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar is prominently the cover of ” Interior Public Space” the excellent Chinese bi-monthly magazine reviewing great Design and Architecture. The Forge is World Famous and World Class.

Restaurant Review: The Forge, Miami

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It’s not often that a restaurant has both scene and substance, but the Forge is that rare exception. The decor is mad, trashy, Miami-baroque – wood paneling, over-sized chandeliers with lamps at crazy angles, huge gilt mirrors, random collections of divans and thrones to lounge on. The menus come backed by heavy mother-of-pearl stuff and the bill comes in the same sort of box with a mirrored interior (we expected 1/2 a gram along with our credit card back to be honest).

The people – well, on first glance it was more family orientated that I’d thought. There were lots of large, inter-generational tables noshing down. But on closer inspection, perhaps they were more Families with a capital F – the fathers were distinctly hard-eyed and twitchy, the daughters just the wrong side of tarty, the mothers overdyed and overstuffed. There was a lot of Russian being spoken. One party consisted of a guy accessorized with enormous blingy chains with diamond crosses, a skintight t, steroids, his girlfriend and – of course – his mum. He attracted attention from the other patrons like a celebrity and we wondered whether he was a minor reality star or a major player in the local sub-economy. It was all a bit Scarface 2011 and I loved it.

But apart from the local fauna, I’d come to the Forge to eat anytime based on this first meal. Every plate was beautifully presented and portions were European without being stingy. Oysters were lovely (perhaps not quite as good as The River but no matter) and tuna tartare and citrus-marinated salmon starters were nicely sized and extremely tasty. For seconds, a grouper fillet special was topped with an enormous scallop with mash on the side and went down very well, as did grilled salmon which let the fish shine through rather than being overpowered with Japanese flavours. Our smallest co-diner had the largest dishes, disproving the adage that you shouldn’t eat anything larger than your head. His burger and fries disappeared swiftly, followed by the excellent, enormous pre-ordered chocolate souffle with very good ice-cream, which the rest of us helped him out with. Mr. R&R then had a nougat cheesecake chaser, which he very much approved of. The service was speedy, accurate and solicitous (after initial experiences with BLT this week that was a relief) and the bill was a pleasantly reasonable surprise, probably reflecting the slightly out-of-Miami-beach location.
Overall – go dressed for Jersey Shore, but expect superb food.
Written by Zoë on April 22, 2011 from R&R