Michael Schwartz Dishes About Cypress Room and New Projects

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Michael Schwartz dishes about his new projects.
Michael Schwartz has a lot on his plate.

While the paint has barely dried on his new Design District restaurant, the Cypress Room, the chef and restaurateur is working on finalizing his place at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach and is planning an eatery at the new SLS Hotel in Brickell, scheduled to open in 2015.

Add to that roster his two Michael's Genuine Food & Drink locations (in Miami and Grand Cayman), Harry's Pizzeria, and his collaboration with Royal Caribbean to design the menus for the cruise line's 150 Central Park restaurants on board mega ships Oasis of the Seas and, soon, Allure of the Seas, and you've got one busy guy.

We asked the James Beard winner about the new Cypress Room, how he manages multiple locations, and what's next in his quest to build a restaurant empire.

Read also:
- Michael Schwartz to Open the Cypress Room
- New SLS Brickell Will Michael Schwartz Restaurant, Katsuya, and The Bazaar by Jose Andres

New Times: The Cypress Room just opened in the Design District near Michael's Genuine and Harry's Pizzeria. Can you share the differences between Cypress Room and your other two establishments here?
Michael Schwartz: I thought it was important for there to be a clear distinction between The Cypress Room and what Michaels Genuine and Harry's does because of their proximity to each other. People wanted something a little...I don't want to say traditional, but something different. I think it was time to change it up and create something more sophisticated and grownup.

I've always thought that there are so many things that go into a dining experience beside the food. The service, the pace, the environment. Even the bone china.There's a little more refinement on the plate without it being tweezer food, or stuffy and pretentious. It's also really a more traditional format in dining, where you have an appetizer and an entree. You might taste your companions dish but it's not three or four of five or more plates to hit the table all at once. it's not that kind of experience.

Location Info

The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Pizzeria

3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Matt Hirschenbein
Matt Hirschenbein

Yes, excellent service and great cocktails... however, the food was god awful (regardless of it's cost).

Manu Simnt
Manu Simnt

is that the old charcuterie space?

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