Imagine being the only establishment opened in New York’s Times Square. While that image seems strange to the mind’s eye, in December 1988 Mark Soyka hung up a small wooden sign declaring the opening of The News Cafe in the midst of an entirely desolate stretch of Ocean Drive. What happened next – as they say – is history. “The News” offered international publications, a limited menu of salads, sandwiches and coffee, and played a variety of jazz or classical music to the few souls brave enough to venture out to 8th Street to see what some people considered a complete folly. Flash forward to crowds of tables filled with tourists and locals eagerly people watching along the busy South Beach strip and it’s obvious the News Cafe has earned a hallowed place in the history of Miami Beach.
The menu at the News Cafe has expanded to suit the tastes of round the clock diners who return for a weekend breakfast favorite, a midnight chocolate fondue or a post work-out fruit juice and salad. Like any 24 hour establishment, the News serves breakfast anytime you ask and offers a two egg combo with juice, toast, fries and a choice of meat for around $10. An appetizer menu that’s perfect for cocktails or a late night bite includes local favorites like coconut shrimp, calamari and crab cakes. Since many traditional diners have a Mediterranean menu, Soyka included a range of hummus, babaganush and tabouli that’s ideal for vegetarians. Add on sandwiches, wraps, paninis and burgers and you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy.
One of the most popular spots at Happy Hour, the News welcomes a hearty crowd of regulars to it’s weeknight drinks party with specially priced cocktails, wine and beer from 4pm-7pm Monday through Thursday. Although it might not be ideal to tell people you’re the oldest ANYTHING on South Beach, knowing that the News Cafe is just over 21 years young is an entirely unique selling point on Ocean Drive.
800 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL
Appetizers $9-$15, entrees $10-$20