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Where The Stars Fill Their Stomachs

By Giulio Marcocchi

With Miami Beach sizzling again, stars and celebs, led by hip hop's royalty, are flocking to its art-deco hotels, sophisticated eateries and trendy night spots. Here are the red-hot places where they dine:

Tantra
1445 Pennsylvania Ave.; 305-672-4765

Nothing screams Moroccan culinary sensuality like this sexy, dim eatery right off the busy Lincoln Road shopping area. White bejeweled lanterns hang from the ceiling, a disco ball spins around and guests sit in velvet banquettes to dine on lobster, seafood stew and snapper.
Celeb diners: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez
Hot night: Monday, for the weekly party

Casa Tua
1700 James Ave.; 305-673-1010

Assuming you find this chic tucked-away bar and restaurant, you can kick back in plush white armchairs in the flowery upstairs lounge and munch on pricey Italian treats.
Celeb diners: Jennifer Lopez, James Caan, George Hamilton
Hot night: Friday and Saturday around 10:30 (upstairs seating is first-come first-served)

Prime 112
112 Ocean Dr.; 305-532-8112

The cool, unfussy steakhouse has been a South Beach smash since it opened in January.
Celeb diners: Michael Stipe orders shellfish, Rush Limbaugh raves about the steak and singer Sting chows down on the Chilean sea bass.
Hot night: Any weekend evening, when it is booked a month in advance

Nobu at The Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave.; 305-695-3232

Fans of Robert De Niro's famed string of sushi joints can check out the Miami version, which is gray, white and geometric all over.
Celeb diners: Tara Reid, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell
Hot night: Thursday-Saturday

Ago at The Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave.; 305-695-3226

Ago has long been a favorite in Los Angeles and now, its Italian food is served up in Miami on a rustic terrace overlooking the beach.
Celeb diners: Val Kilmer, Serena Williams, Enrique Iglesias
Hot night: Thursday-Saturday


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