A Father’s Day Gastronomic Indulgence

By Michelle Payer

If a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, it’s apropos that a Father’s Day invitation to Acqualina’s restaurants is the culinary version of saying, “I love you to the moon and back.” For a most sophisticated feast, take Dad by the arm and stroll into Il Mulino New York, with its al fresco Romeo & Juliet balconies, free-flowing mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Mojitos and Prosecco and a-la-carte specialties elegantly served tableside from 12 to 4 p.m. From delicacies including a seafood tower with lobster tail, shrimp, and oysters to Costolette al Barbecue – barbecued baby pork ribs with mashed potatoes and Rigatoni alla Bolognese – braised veal and beef in a rich tomato sauce, it remains one of Miami’s most elegant Sunday brunch experiences in which to linger over smooth jazz and impeccable service.

If Dad loves sushi and Japanese robata, treat him to the newly opened Ke-uH (a play on the Spanish expression “¿Que hubo?” – meaning, “What’s up?”) for its Asian-fusion tapas concept in light-filled surroundings or on the expansive oceanfront terrace. Master Sushi Chef Oscar Noborikawa spent 14 years perfecting his art at famed Nobu Miami and uses the freshest Hamachi yellowtail, Uni sea urchin, Scottish salmon, Yellowfin, Bigeye and Bluefin tuna for his masterful sushi and pizza creations. If you’re more in the mood for turf than surf, try the grilled ribeye, baby back ribs, Wagyu sliders, and Kurobuta pork belly; there’s a reason they’ve become fan favorites.