The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

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

A Class Of Its Own: The Forge

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Luckily for Miamians, The Forge proprietor Shareef Malnik decided to ignore the edict that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Clearly, he could have ridden the coattails of The Forge’s four-decade-plus success. There was no reason to invest a reported $10 million into last year’s 180-degree renovation by François Frossard. In fact, it could have failed miserably and ended The Forge’s legacy as we know it, since Malnik revamped not only the physical space and décore, but also the cuisine. Happily, since its relaunch last April, The Forge 2.0 has won over old-timers and new patrons with its elegant, clean and playful décor and fare. A few classics remain, such as the brick wall and colossal chandelier in the main dining room, the stained glass in the library, and the Super Steak on the menu. Otherwise, though, it is a new restaurant.

Storied chef Dewey LoSasso (The Foundlings Club, Tuscan Steak and North One 10) has introduced whimsical touches to the menu, with dishes such as the smoked-salmon croquettes, lobster peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, kale salad and burger and Bordeaux, a griller Angus sirloin burger topped with boneless short ribs and lobster marmalade and served with a shot of Bordeaux wine. There are plenty of steaks for the carnivorous types (including an 18-ounce bone-in filet mignon), as well as fish options such as steamed local snapper and sesame-seared tuna. Tipplers will be jovial, too, with The Forge’s enomatic wine system, which offers 80 different glasses of Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Chianti and the like. The modern bar has also become a gathering spot for Miami’s social set, who chat with Malnik over vodka tonics while tastefully hidden flatscreens broadcast the latest Heat games. And just like that, The Forge has been reinvented for at least another 40 years.

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March 8th, 2011 at 10:56 am

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