Back in NYC from a few days in Miami and thought I would report on my food experiences.
My family had two great dinners, Wish and Norman's.
I liked Wish better. The setting was beautiful. Not too sceney (not that I mind a scene) but still seemed to have a South Beach vibe. Appetizers were great. My bro had the avacado soup with shrimp (I think I will try to recreate this soup, delicous, creamy, but not too heavy), my Mom had a salad with roquefort, I had the baby flounder with truffles (very good, but the flavor of the flounder got a little lost), and my Dad was the clear winner with the cod cakes. These were by far the best fish, crab, shrimp, or any other type of seafood cake I have had. Perfect consistency, strong cod flavor and crispy crust. Wish I had ordered them (although my dad was generous with the tastes). For mains, the everyone but me got the snapper. It was very good. I had the smoked tenderloin which was perfect. Just the right amount of smokiness to add its own flavor while enhancing the beef flavor (something tenderloin needs sometimes). For dessert we had the banana taco (yum), the pecan tart (my favorite), and something else which I forget. A lot of the folks on the board complain about Wish's service, but ours was fantastic.
Normans was also very good, although I don't think worth the extra money (I wasn't paying, so thanks dad). We shared the yuca stuffed fried prawns and vietnamese spring roll for apps. The prawns were great, spring roll good. I had the cuban roast pork for a main and it was fabulous. Three great suaces accompanied it, with a starring role for the chunky mole. My dad had the veal chop with barbecue glaze. I thought it was a little too sweet, but he loved it. My mom had some fish which she couldn't stop talking about (I forget which it was--bad chowhound, I know). For dessert I had a great cheese plate, including the Point Reyes blue which I plan on keeping around the house for now on. My dad had the apple turnovers which were wonderful. Service was mediocre. The waiter did not know the menu so well and could not explain the cheeses at all.
For lunch one day we stopped at a bakery on Washington and had great empanadas, especially the argentinian ground beef. Don't know the name of the bakery, sorry. It was somewhere between 18 and 12th on the east side of the street.
Oh, and we went to the Cuban place in MIA. Had a great huge lunch before I left. Delicious ground beef with olives.
Thanks to all who gave me suggestions.