I need to find a good Brazilian restaurant for Saturday night in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn...help
I don't know if this will be a big help to you, but several years ago, I was trapped by a job in Newark, New Jersey. The experience was pretty dismal until I discovered the Iron Bound District. This is a Brazilian Immigrant neighborhood not to far from Union Station. The restaurants there are absolutely superb, most of them charosco (sp?), that is to say, grilled meat. You pay a prix fixe which covers a variety of apps, and these guys come along with huge skewers filled with grilled beef, pork, chicken, chicken hearts and livers, etc. etc. You indicate that you'd like some and they put a pile on your plate as big as your head. It is phenomenal!
I don't have a specific restaurant in mind, but what I used to do was go up to a local on the street and ask--loud enough to be heard by whoever was standing around, "What's the best restaurant in the neighborhood for charosco?" Usually, a big discussion ensues as everyone tells you what their favorite is. I was there for four weeks, eating out twice a week that way, and I never hit a lemon.