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A $1k wagyu steak is served with a show at this Miami Beach steakhouse

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For better or worse, Miami has a long history as a party destination. With popular nightclubs like LIV and Story dominating the scene, there's no shortage of high-end nightlife destinations to show your wild side.

In recent years, even restaurants are stepping up their game, offering bespoke and exclusive experiences to rival the ritzy bottle service or VIP packages you'll find at these Miami Beach clubs.

That's especially true for Miami hospitality innovator David Grutman and David Einhorn, the partners behind South Beach hotspot, Papi Steak, an upscale steakhouse that caters to celebrities like Rhianna and A$AP Rocky.

Named after Einhorn's longtime nickname, Papi Steak caters to diners looking for something extra rare and luxurious over the traditional restaurant experience.

Enter the Beef Case, a dish inspired by the character Marsellus Wallace — and his infamous briefcase — from Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic film Pulp Fiction.

The Beef Case is a temperature-controlled briefcase in which a $1,000 wagyu tomahawk steak is presented to guests table-side. When a guest orders the Beef Case, the restaurant turns up the laser light show, cranks the music, and enlists a battalion of servers to present the steak to its intended table the same way you would receive bottle service at the club.

The steak is branded with a searing hot brand tableside for an extra “wow” factor before it’s taken back to the kitchen to be perfectly seasoned and grilled, then served for diners to indulge. 

The steak's unique presentation is an idea conceived by Brooklyn-born Einhorn, who was known to throw parties at both his SoHo apartment and midtown gallery, Avant, located on Madison Avenue. Through the gallery, Einhorn became friends with the artist Alec Monopoly, who would later bestow the host with his "Papi" nickname.
Photo courtesy of Papi Steak

Einhorn’s hospitable nature was evident during his large gatherings where he'd preside over grilling duties, cooking everything from chicken to steaks. Over the years, cookout attendees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, and the Kardashians.

Einhorn frequented New York City’s nightlife scene, which soon extended to Miami. Through visiting the Groot Hospitality nightclubs LIV and Story, he was eventually connected to Groot’s Founder, David Grutman (they first met via Snapchat). Grutman had heard of Einhorn’s grilling prowess, and invited him to cook for an event. Grutman was so impressed that, on that same evening, he christened the Tomahawk the "Papi Steak."

In 2018, Groot Hospitality acquired a restaurant space in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. It was then Grutman and Einhorn teamed up to create their modern steakhouse. The restaurant opened in September 2019, and has since drawn regular customers such as Maluma, David Beckham, Migos, Anitta, Jack Dorsey, and many others. Future Papi Steak openings in additional cities are in the planning phase.

At Papi Steak, Einhorn focuses on creative and entertainment development in order to ensure a high-octane, ultra-indulgent night out. As the restaurateur himself says, it's all about the experience.

"I love everything lavish, over-the-top, and hedonistic," he says. "At Papi, I want to provide that kind of experience to our guests, one that's loosely modeled off of European summertime nightlife. I'd love to see and bring more of this vibe into the U.S., and Papi Steak is just the beginning."
Photo courtesy of Papi Steak

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