Closed on Mondays
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33138
Tel: 305 759 2001
Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. “My food isn't heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated," says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). “You don't need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It's about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it's the simple, soulful cooking that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners."
These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. In collaboration with the renowned restaurant and entertainment collective – KNR Hospitality – Bernstein (and her husband/business partner David Martinez) are overseeing the food & beverage program at Thompson Miami Beach. Among the many elements is Seagrape, an “old Florida" style brasserie for which local farmers are growing unique fruits and vegetables. In addition, Bernstein has created a menu for the 1930's House which includes crudo centric small plates.
In addition, with Martinez, the chef owns/operates MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company, a full-service catering company as well as her wildly popular café concept, Crumb on Parchment, and is re-opening her flagship Michy's restaurant in the Spring 2015. Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads an after-school program for underprivileged kids and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. Bernstein also hosts the PBS weekly television series, Check, Please! South Florida. She consults for Delta Airlines, Nespresso and Ruinart. She is a member of Lexus Culinary Master and Macy's Culinary Council. In addition, she recently joined IMUSA's panel of chef ambassadors to help unveil the Global Kitchen line.
The menu at CENA (translated from Latin as “the most important meal of the day") is approachable yet adventurous, boasting just the right amount of soul-pleasing favorites as well as an array of dishes inspired by Bernstein's current culinary obsessions. “Michy's was never meant to be a 'fancy,' special occasion restaurant," Martinez says. “We opened it around the corner from our house because this neighborhood needed a restaurant the locals could call their own." The new menu reflects that neighborhood vibe but, in keeping with Bernstein's reputation and creativity, often travels into unexpected and exciting directions.
Host your next social dinner or corporate event at CENA by Michy. We have a variety of dining options to fit your needs. Restaurant buy outs for groups of up to 80 guests is available. Impress your family and friends or co-workers with an evening at Chef Michelle Bernstein's Flagship Restaurant. Have your group enjoy the experience of Chef Michelle's award winning cuisine and take delight on her staff's marvelous service and attention to detail.
Cena by Michy Special Events & Catering Director Carolyn Webb will work with you to create customized experiences suited to your group's dining needs.
Private off site catering also available. For more information please contact Carolyn at 305.759.2001 or Carolyn@michysmiami.com