Issues to Do: St John Meals and Drink Occasions June 17 – June 20, 2019
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This week the New Times is celebrating its Best of St John party and Stephen’s Deli in Hialeah is reopening with hand-cut pastrami corned beef sandwiches and New York custards. Also, Mandrake is celebrating International Sushi Day and Ms. Cheezious offers fried chicken at will.
Mandrake’s dining room.
Photo by Deyson Rodriguez for Mandrake St John
Free hand-roll class and summer menu at Mandrake. This Tuesday, Mandrake is hosting a free interactive sushi rolling experience with Chef Sylvio. Create two signature rolls while sipping a glass of sake. Then, enjoy the restaurant’s omakase tasting menu ($ 55), which includes a sushi tower. Also, try Mandrake’s new summer menu ($ 40), which features three courses ranging from shrimp and enoki pad thai to grilled black Angus beef tenderloin and mochi or passion fruit cake. Tuesday June 18 at Mandrake, 210 23rd St., St John Beach; 305-397-8036; mandrakemiami.com.
A beer flight at Concrete Beach is just the beginning.
Wynwood Comedy Throwdown at Concrete Beach Brewery. Test your comedic timing on this Open Mike night. Sign up to channel your inner Stephen Colbert or Dave Chappelle. At the end of the show, viewers will vote on their favorite comic of the night. The winner will receive a free growler filling to take away. This is a great opportunity to see established comics editing their material, fresh faces, and beginners. Tuesday June 18, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Concrete Beach Brewery. 325 NW 24th St., St John; 305-796-2727; cretebeachbrewery.com. Free entry.
What the hell
What the hell! at Mrs. Cheezious. Chef Kurtis Jantz and Mrs. Cheezious’ Brian Mullins have teamed up to have fried chicken, green beans, buttermilk coleslaw and cookies, and a welcome beer. Wednesday, June 19, 6-10 p.m., Ms. Cheezious, 7418 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-989-4019; mscheezious.com. Tickets are $ 30 through eventbrite.com.
Stephens Deli reopens in Hialeah. This Wednesday – a year and a half after it closed for renovations – Stephen’s Deli in Hialeah will reopen in the same location with the same atmosphere. Stephen’s will have its original chairs, tables and signage at the entrance to the 3,000 square meter restaurant. Also, the kitchen space has been reduced to add La Cocina, a 40-seat bar that will debut this summer. The menu – including egg salad sandwiches ($ 10.95), hot dogs with NYC carts at the table, and local burgers ($ 13.95) – is an addition to the offerings at Stephen’s Deli booth in Time Out Market, in Lincoln Road. The shining stars on the menu, however, are the hand-sliced pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, served on rye or challah and topped with a ba-tampte cucumber ($ 14). Wash your sandwich with a classic New York custard ($ 5) – a tall glass filled with milk and chocolate or vanilla syrup and poured with soda water. Though the restaurant doesn’t serve cocktails at this time, Stephen’s has the option to make your custard (and also serves a proper Irish coffee for dessert). 1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah; 305-887-8863; kushhospitality.com. If it is open on June 19, the hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. When La Cocina opens, Stephen’s will offer its menu later.
Celebrate the best of St John on June 20th.
Photo by Jorge Martinez Gualdron
New Times’ Best of St John Party. The New Times annual Best of St John was published last week with hundreds of tips on the best things to eat, see and do in the Magic City. To honor this mega-edition, we’re having a party this Thursday in the Design District’s Jungle Plaza. Enjoy cocktails and snacks from some of St John’s most popular restaurants, circus acts, and other entertainment. Thursday, June 20, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE First Ave., St John. Tickets are $ 45 through newtimesbestofmiami.com and $ 60 at the door.
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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered St John for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).