Neighborhoods: Upper East Side
Cuisine: French, Tapas, American (New)

Michy's is a French, Tapas, and American (New) restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid more than $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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 Miami, FL

The Fame Factor

I’ve eaten at Michy’s twice now. The restaurant is cozy and though ecclectic it is not overwhelming. It feels like Michelle has invited you into her home. The service is friendly and efficient.

But, what we’re here to talk about is the food. Dishes change with the seasons and the mood of the chef so you can’t expect something you loved 3 months ago to be exactly the same the next time you come here. Dishes are smaller, but enough for 2-4 people to share and enjoy a few bites each. This is not a place where you will get a set meal with sides. The idea is to order multiple smaller dishes in Tapas style. Although everything on the menu is pretty good, it’s not stellar. It’s hard to get out of Michy’s without spending between $40-$80 per person, depending on how much you eat and if you order a drink (and that doesn’t include the $5 for valet parking). For that kind of money each dish should be consistently excellent, and in my opinion it’s just not worth the money for the “fame” over “flavor” factor.

Pork Belly

I’ve had this dish served with spicy greens several months ago and this time with fresh fruit with a hint of spice. Both times the rich meatiness was complimented by the lightness of the fruit or greens. The slightest hint of spice really adds to the dish. Although pork belly is a very fatty cut of meat the way it’s prepared here melts as you eat it and gives you a rich, meaty taste to savor. The outside is crispy like a sweetened pork rind and the inside is buttery fat with strips of pork meat tucked inside. If you go and if you eat pork you must order this dish.

Salmon with artichokes

Served with Italian parsley, flour coated artichokes, and grains, this dish is very plain. The salmon was salmony, there were no harmonizing flavors or anything special like smokiness or a crisp freshness to recomment it. It just tasted like plain baked salmon.

Short Ribs

This dish was meaty and saucy and very slightly salty, but the flavoring is simple and yet still covers over the flavor of the meat.

Bread pudding

Served with chocolate melted at the bottom and in chunks throughout with raisins for added sweetness and a scoop of French vanilla ice cream this dessert is surprising and delicious if you like bread pudding. It’s very sweet, so if a sugar overload is not what you’re going for you might just skip it. The melted chocolate blends well with the creaminess of the bread pudding and the coolness of the ice cream.

Crispy Fried Chicken

It’s fried chicken and it’s $27 for 1/2 a chicken. That boggles my mind; outside of that, it’s not particularly flavorful and isn’t especially crispy. I hate to be plebian, but I’ve had crispier more flavorful chicken at Popeye’s.

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 Miami, FL

Willing to give it a second chance...

Michelle Bernstein is a distinguished chef born and raised in Miami with an eclectic Jewish-Argentinean background. After graduating from Johnson & Wale’s University Michelle went on to gain notoriety in some of Miami’s finest establishments (all of which I have eaten at except for the latter) including Red Fish Grill, Tantra, Azul and The Strand. She then went on to open Michy’s which is located on Biscayne Boulevard & 69th Street in what is being referred to as the up and coming “Upper East Side” neighborhood of Miami. The establishment, which is surrounded by a somewhat questionable populace (pay the $5 to valet park instead of trying to illegally park at a seedy motel located next door), is a charming locale with decent food. Unbeknownst to me I invited some friends to investigate the fare at Michy’s on a Saturday night which is one of their busiest nights of the week. I highly recommend making reservations a few days in advance to ensure a good table inside or you’ll be stuck on the poorly lit “terrace” (which is where we sat even though I called at 4pm to make a reservation). Arriving a few minutes earlier than our guests, my husband and I sat at the bar where we quickly realized only beer, wine & champagne were being served. My husband ordered us the prosecco and mango “mojitos” which I loved. We started off with the Daily Three Cheese Plate ($12) and devoured the meager portion of manchego, gouda and some other cheese who’s name escapes me now (obviously not that memorable) accompanied by a few apple slices, macadamia nuts, golden & regular raisins and the exceptional fig marmalade (the show stopper of this course). Next, we had the blue cheese & jamon croquettes also paired with the delicious fig marmalade ($9 for three very tiny balls, not croquettes). My husband and his friend, who are not culinary enthusiasts at all, ordered the steak frites (full portion $29) and a pasta dish that I can not recall (also about $30). Both were cooked well but did not WOW me in any way. The portions of these plates for the two hungry men were not adequate and we all joked that we would need to order pizza once we got home. Fortunately enough for my taste buds, I had an accomplice willing to share the truffled polenta ($9, half portion) and the pork belly ($19). The polenta was extremely rich in a someone please give me a glass of water but I still want another bite kind of way. I ate every last bit knowing that my stomach would most likely pay for it later. The pork belly, aka chicharrones, was paired with clams and anchovies which I thought were sliced Portobello mushrooms due to the lack of lighting on the terrace. I could only eat about two before feeling extremely full. Overall, the ambience, food and service were okay but not great. I would definitely consider giving Michy’s another try if I could sit inside where the décor and lighting was much better and order the seared foie gras, duck confit and short ribs. I would also leave my husband and his bland taste buds at home! He teased me the whole way home that we paid $140 to have cheese, croquettes and chicharrones…

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