The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the trophy of all trophies. This week we'll have two matchups per day, with the results and full tournament bracket reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.
MiMo District was last year's champion, defeating Coconut Grove in a feisty final. The area features two restaurants - Blue Collar and the Federal - in Eater's 2015 list of Miami's 38 best restaurants. Andiamo is also regarded by many as South Florida's top pizza joint. 64 Park Place launched sales this summer with way more affordable prices than Downtown, Brickell and Edgewater. MiMo comes in as a No. 3 seed not because it is no longer the place to be in 2015, but because of the resurgence of two large neighborhoods to the south.
Sunset Harbour, also a former Curbed Cup champion (2013), is back in a coincidental opening round matchup of two Curbed Cup dynamos. The area also features two restaurants - Pubbelly and Lucali - in Eater's 2015 list of Miami's 38 best restaurants. South Beach's cute neighbor has experienced a tough year, with city construction projects overtaking the area. Sunset Harbour's most redeeming quality is its walkability, from solid restaurants (Lucali, Pubbelly, Icebox, etc) to bars (Purdy Lounge) coffee shops (Panther) to grocery shopping (Publix, Fresh Market) and fitness (Green Monkey, Flywheel). Its limited supply of living options has created massive demand and lofty prices, with one-bedroom units at 1800 and 1900 Sunset Harbour Drive starting at around $3,000 a month.
· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed Miami]