Jeffrey Meier is a visual nomad and lifelong art and design addict. He graduated from Parsons School of Design, designed for Details magazine, became the Creative Director of a NYC-based advertising agency, opened a contemporary art gallery and built an Art Hotel. He is currently the CMO at DBL.E, an New Your City-based PR agency for world-class creative companies. He shares some joyful indulgences from the American Riviera – South Beach – the exuberant, eclectic Miami neighborhood.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
About 12 years ago I bought a small apartment in a building originally designed by Lawrence Murray Dixon in the 1930’s. It had just been renovated, and for me the selling point was that it’s bookended by a palm-tree lined courtyard on one side and a small private garden on the other. It’s two blocks from the ocean so I go for a morning swim everyday. Miami Beach is incredibly lush – all of nature seems to thrive there. Enveloping the Art Deco architecture you have sea grape, banyan and wild tamarind trees. Bougainvillea blooms year round. I awake to the squawking of wild parrots.
Because of the heavy Latin influence in Miami you get great coffee everywhere. I like the café con leche at Charlotte’s, a small Chilean bakery near my place on Washington Street. I’m also addicted to their chipotle chicken empanadas.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
The Betsy Hotel is the only colonial-style hotel on Ocean Drive. It offers a more refined atmosphere than most of the others. The lobby feels like a sprawling living room, filled with comfortable couches and high-backed chairs. Many nights they host live jazz singers. The wine list is extensive and they serve all the classics with the freshest ingredients. You’ll instantly want a martini and a Montecristo cigar.
Date night destination?
Monty’s is outside and overlooks a marina at the very end of South Beach. It’s part restaurant/part raw bar/part dive bar. It’s pretty lively from Happy Hour on with live bands and a thirsty crowd mixed with real fisherman, yacht owners and colorful local characters. A perfect place to watch the sunset, eat stone crab claws and ease into the weekend.
Buzziest new resturant?
I watched “Chef’sTable” on Netflix and fell in love with Francis Mallmann. When I found out he was opening Los Feugos at the new Faena Hotel I got really excited. The food is very signature – many items prepared over open fires. But the dining room is sooo luxurious. You feel like you’re in an old Hollywood movie and Ava Gardner is going to stroll across the room.
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
There’s a good size mid-century flea market on Lincoln road on alternating Sundays. I’ve found some pretty remarkable lighting, art and furniture there. But many of the vendors selling art and design come down from further afield. There are a number of incredible shops along NE 125th Street in North Beach. And Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale is definitely worth a trip. Stop at Decades first and you can grab a map of all the worthwhile shops in the area.
Where do you find your favorite go-to hostess gift?
I would order flowers from Pistils & Petals. They do really tasteful arrangements to your liking and deliver them without any fuss.