Haute Secrets: Donald Pliner’s Guide to Miami

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WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Chicago, Illinois

HOW LONG IN MIAMI:
23 years

NEIGHBORHOOD: South Beach

OCCUPATION: Designer and manufacturer of men’s and women’s shoes

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Mr Chow and China Grill

BEST STEAKHOUSE: Prime One Twelve

BEST SUSHI: Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road

BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Rosa Mexicano

BEST ITALIAN: Prime Italian

BEST PIZZA: Miami Slice on West Avenue

BEST LUNCH: Oliver’s Bistro on West Avenue

BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: China Grill

BEST DESSERT: A Barton G. ice cream sundae

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Azul

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: Oliver’s Bistro

HAUTEST CLUB/LOUNGE: W South Beach

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING: Prime One Twelve

FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE:
Donald J Pliner

BEST SPA: Mandarin Oriental

BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: My own—I set up my own routine. When on the road, I like the Four Seasons.

BEST MASSAGE: Massage By Design

BEST LIMOUSINE/DRIVING SERVICE:
Aventura Worldwide Transportation Services

FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT:
I agree with my wife Lisa—I like them all. They all have their own flair and are all for a great cause

FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: Art Basel

FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTION: Miami City Ballet

FAVORITE HISTORIC/LEGENDARY PLACE TO SEE OR EXPLORE: My wife, Lisa F Pliner

BEST ASPECT OF MIAMI:
Living in a multicultural foreign city with American amenities and the ocean and clean air.

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