Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

Categories: Review

blackbrick5.jpg
billwisserphoto.com
Peking duck at Blackbrick in midtown.
The best place to sit at Blackbrick is certainly the kitchen bar. From there, you can watch the 63-year-old chef from Hong Kong stir-fry mustard greens in his red-hot wok. The way he works is soothing -- how swiftly he moves and how intently he waits, hands behind his back, while you eat. He hopes for a grin, a murmur, any sign you're enjoying your meal. And when you show him approval, he smiles and little wrinkles form around his black, ebullient eyes.

There is rarely time for chitchat at this Chinese restaurant in midtown. Chefs scrub woks, steam dumplings, fry noodles, and toast Szechuan peppers at an alarming pace. A four-plate dinner can be finished in 45 minutes.

But before you even think to complain, the check arrives. On a recent Friday night, the bill for two amounted to just $42.

Richard Hales is well-versed in affordable dining. At Sakaya Kitchen, his first restaurant,
you can order kalbi beef tater tots and Korean fried chicken wings at a counter. Now with two locations, Sakaya belongs to the most recent wave of Asian-fusion cuisine. The menu includes grilled eggplant sourced from Palm Beach County and pork that's been roasted for eight hours and then stuffed inside Chinese bao buns.

These same buns are available at Hales' Blackbrick, which opened in December in a small space just a short walk from Sakaya in midtown. At Blackbrick, these steamed buns sit like fluffy cushions next to bone-in slices of Peking duck. Hales bathes the whole duck in a wok, dries it for a full day with fans in the walk-in cooler, and roasts it until the meat is tender and flavorful.

Its skin is paper-thin, mahogany in color, and scented with a secret house blend of 12 spices. Alongside the duck and bao buns come hoisin sauce, slivered cucumber and scallions, and a fried pan-cake cut into triangles called roti prata.


Location Info

Blackbrick

3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
55 comments
Ricky Padilla
Ricky Padilla

Landing in Miami in 30min. Trying this place out tomorrow with Vanessa Medina Victor Padilla Jerrel Oneal

ryangm
ryangm

Check out the restaurant responses on yelp to poor yelp reviews.  I would NEVER go to this restaurant, EVER!!!!

Gio El Waterboy
Gio El Waterboy

Just finished my box of take out Lamb Fried Rice and I feel like I just got a really good blow job...I'm grinding my teeth in anticipation of my next visit

Toma Rusk
Toma Rusk

Nice. According to Billy Corben, this one is good, too. But I don't really eat Chinese, so I wouldn't know. But our boy billy knows some food. Right, Sebastian Rusk? Tony Chan's Water Club 1717 N Bayshore Dr #131 Miami, FL 33132 305.374.8888 http://www.tonychans.com/

Holly McCord
Holly McCord

Glad to hear there's finally some good Chinese food...now they need to get a good Mexican Restaurant!

Sebastian Rusk
Sebastian Rusk

Annush MacLeod LOL! Hugh MacLeod and I were having a convo in NYC last year about there being no good chinese restaurtants in Miami! ;)

Annush MacLeod
Annush MacLeod

Sebastian if I wwnd up a fat cow because I have to go there everyday, I'm holding you responsible :P

Sebastian Rusk
Sebastian Rusk

Here's some good news Hugh MacLeod! :) cc Annush MacLeod

Alba Lu
Alba Lu

Sheila Lilybeth Cordova next lunch spot

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

Oh please! Just another hyped up restaurant that wants to have an excuse to charge $7 for an eggroll. W.e. I don't need fancy Chinese food. With $10 I stuff my face at my favorite spot.

tony.jones30
tony.jones30

The latin community with a love for fried, starchy, cheesy and all together bland food with no vegetables in sight keeps the restaurants crappy down here.  Any move away from that ignorant palate is a plus.  we are lucky to have a place like black brick in Miami.  Travel to the big cities like NYC, san fran, LA for chinese and you will see.  Traveling to Orlando and eating at the China pavillion is not traveling.  

Lauryn Jamie
Lauryn Jamie

Ashley H. Serrott we need to check this place out!

eggfooyoungmoney
eggfooyoungmoney

TONY CHAN'S WATER CLUB FTW!! PEKING DUCK THERE IS OUT OF THIS WORLDDDD

Christie Acosta Mora
Christie Acosta Mora

Melissa Ginsberg been dying to go since they opened! Hopefully we get to it this weekend! Can't wait :) I know if you love it for SURE it's awesome!

Raul De La Fe
Raul De La Fe

Relax the China Steak House in Hialeah, FL is legit voted top 100 in the US yo!

Melissa Ginsberg
Melissa Ginsberg

Christie this place is awesome!!! I've been a few times now and love it. You guys will too!

Gio El Waterboy
Gio El Waterboy

This wonderfully written paragraph has sold me on this experience. I'll let you guys know how my visit goes

Nick Bernal
Nick Bernal

Tropical isn't good anymore. We have always had plenty of authentic chinese cuisine here in SoFla, but usually off the beaten path and menu/service is in Canotnese.

Giselle Pinto
Giselle Pinto

LOVE IT! and they open until late!! is the place to go

Vanessa Carolina
Vanessa Carolina

finally?? that's crap! Tropical Chinese Restaurant is one of the best in SoFlo!

Antonio Rodriguez
Antonio Rodriguez

Black Brick is meh; prices are fancy but the food is average at best.

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Sorry to say but I found it mediocre and overpriced for the small portions.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Guess they don't get out much.There are plenty of good Chinese restaurants here in soflo.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

We already had good Chinese, at Tony Chan's Water Club.

fdsfdsfds
fdsfdsfds

@ryangm By that logic you should not use yelp because they give themselves even worse reviews

tony.jones30
tony.jones30

exactly $10 for processed factory made chemical ridden crap that you "stuff my face" and get fat.  surprised you are latin lol......ie ignorant tastes

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...