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Hollywood’s Monkitail Restaurant Takes Top Honors in USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards


Celebrated chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson’s Monkitail, located inside the newly transformed Diplomat Beach Resort on the beach in Hollywood, has been named Best New Restaurant of 2017 in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

The celebrity chef brought his modern Japanese fare to Hollywood this past spring 2017 with the opening of his seventh restaurant.  The menu is a contemporary take on the classic izakaya, featuring sharable small plates and sushi. Tucked away beyond the main dining room is Nokku, a discreet cocktail lounge with four private rooms, each with full karaoke capabilities.

A panel of experts partnered with USA Today’s 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the American food scene. Over the past four weeks, USA Today’s readers have been voting for their favorite new restaurants.

“This award is a clear indication that we have truly put Monkitail on the map in South Florida, and beyond,” said Schulson.  “The Diplomat Beach Resort continues to be a wonderful partner and we thank our guests for their unparalleled support.

“Monkitail is home to the most incredible team and creative culinary minds,” he continued. “We are thrilled that our concept is being embraced and recognized for the second time in one year by USA Today’s readers.”

In August 2017, Monkitail was awarded “#1 Best Hotel Restaurant” by the USA Today’s readers’ choice. They’ve also been named the “Best New Restaurant of 2017” by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Monkitail is located at The Diplomat Beach Resort at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, FL. For reservations or further information, please call (954) 602-8755 or visit https://www.monkitail.com/.



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