Best Of 2011: Manny Hernandez

Celebrity photographer, Mannyhernandez.com

1. Michael's Genuine

130 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305-573-5550, Michaelsgenuine.com

The brunch is simply amazing. I like it better than dinner. Gotta try my favorite — the breakfast pizza, house-smoked bacon, Monterey Jack, onions. It's the best.

2. Mandolin

4312 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, Mandolinmiami.com

I'm a big fan of this restaurant in the Design District Buena Vista area. It's authentic Greek and Turkish food in an open-air restaurant. It feels like you're overseas.

3. Lemoni Cafe

4600 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-571-5080, Mylemonicafe.com

For lunch and something off the beaten path, I like Lemoni Cafe.  They have great wraps, and my favorite three-bean salad accompanies many sandwiches.

4. Islas Canarias Restaurant

285 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami, 305-649-0440, Islascanariasrestaurant.net

I love Cuban food, so I have many places I like. Islas Canarias has the most delicious carne con papas (a hearty meat and potato stew). I go there religiously every Monday.

5. Yiya's Bakery

646 N.E. 79th St., Miami, 305-754-3337, Yiyasbakery.com

The best café con leche, Cuban style, is off of Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Pastries are great with the cafecito. They make it with the right mix of the espresso, milk and sugar.

6. Tropical Chinese

7991 S.W. 40th St., Miami, 305-262-7576, Tropicalchinesemiami.com

For the best Chinese food in Miami, I only go to Tropical Chinese. Great dim sum. Worth the drive. I like that the kitchen is open, and you can see them cooking.

7. The Standard hotel

40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717, Standardhotels.com

For relaxing on any given Sunday, the Standard has a great saltwater pool scene with a mix of a high-end crowd, hipsters and New Yorkers. They offer great lunch options, and the spa is one-of-a-kind and very relaxing. The lobby there is laid-back (love the rocking chairs), and bingo night is lots of fun.

8. Miami Beach Cinemateque

1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4567, Mbcinema.com

I recently saw the YSL documentary and also watched a great documentary on The New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. It's a small movie house and has a great selection of foreign movies.

9. Tower Theater

1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305-642-1264

In Little Havana at the Tower Theater sits one of Miami's oldest cultural landmarks. I saw French flick Sarah's Key, which was great. After the movie, there is a great sushi place, 2B Asian Bistro (1444 S.W. Eighth St.) next to Domino Park and owned by the same owners of Mr. Yum nearby. It complements your date night.

10. The Vagabond

30 N.E.14th St., Miami, 305-379-0508, Thevagabondmiami.com

The Vagabond is always a great mix of hipsters and music, cheap drinks, no attitude and just a good time. You won't be disappointed.

11. The Blue Piano

4600 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-576-7919, Thebluepiano.com

A late night, cool bar to hit is Blue Piano. It's a small hole in the wall with great music. Musicians come in and pick up instruments and start making music. Great selections of beer and wine.