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Alternative to Churrascaria Plataforma?

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Drew E Sep 29, 2006 09:56 PM

I'd like to take three friends out for birthday dinner next week and thought of going to Churrascaria Plataforma. However, it's $52 before tax and tip and liquor and the same price for the vegetarian among us. Is there a cheaper ($25-$35 area)alternative along the same lines of eating? Anyone think that the pasta-fest at Becco would be a better alternative? Thanks.

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    Lucia Sep 29, 2006 11:06 PM

    Azul is an Argentinean steakhouse where you can order a la carte.

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      RGR Sep 30, 2006 12:28 AM

      I've said this before a number of times on this board. The last time we had dinner at Becco, the ayce pasta selections were disappointingly mediocre. Worse was the deafening noise level that made civilized conversation impossible.

      Porcao, on the corner of Park Av. S. & 26th St., is an alternative to Plataforma, but the basic cost is the same though I don't know if there would be any reduction for a vegetarian. Perhaps you could call and ask. Tel.: 212-252-7080.

      1. designerboy01 Sep 30, 2006 05:27 PM

        I don't think Becco is so bad. I have been going there for years and each time I had a pleasant experience.

        How about Todai Buffet on 32nd street? I never went but it was the former Minado which wasn't bad for a buffet.

        http://www.todai.com/abouttodai.htm

        If you really want meats Tenesee Mountain in Soho has an all you can eat rib for $15 on Monday and Tuesday.

        http://www.tnmountain.com/chubby.shtml

        You can do Brother Jimmy's on Monday's too for $15 all you can eat rib tips and wings and I think cheap beer. But its up to you to select what type of atmosphere you want.

        English is Italian is a little cheaper than Plataforma. I had a birthday party there and enjoyed the experience.

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          Katherine H Sep 30, 2006 05:43 PM

          I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Tennessee Mountain in Soho closed.

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            Lucia Sep 30, 2006 07:38 PM

            I'd heard that too.

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              designerboy01 Oct 1, 2006 05:52 AM

              I just checked it. You people are right. I got fooled because their website is still up. Here is an all you can eat Korean BBQ place that has all you can eat BBQ for around $20 per person. They only got it Sunday - Thursday.

              Yakiniku Juju
              157 E 28th St - Btwn 3rd & Lexington Ave
              New York, 10016
              212-684-7830

        2. Brian S Sep 30, 2006 10:27 PM

          There are rodizios -- those Brazilian all you can cram in your face deals where the waiters parade around with skewers proudly held like sabers -- in Astoria, Jackson Heights and Newark. All are under $20, I believe. You'll have to ask on the appropriate boards -- I haven't been in years; back then one place offered the whole deal for ten bucks if you went for lunch.

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            eeee Oct 1, 2006 01:54 AM

            I have not been there, but I think Carne Vale in the East Village is $35 before tax/tip/drinks

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              Boswell Oct 2, 2006 01:33 PM

              A good alternative to Plataforma, in the same neighborhood, is Brazil Brazil Grill on restaurant row, W. 46th (although they now seem to given it the atrocious name The Meat Factory).
              http://www.brazilbrazilnyc.com/brazil...

              Very good quality meats and salad bar (with some hot dishes like moqueca and stroganoff) for $24.95 prix fixe. They have a nice garden out back when weather permits.

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                notzagat Jan 19, 2007 06:05 AM

                NOt timely and not in Manhattan but for future reference...in NJ there is a Minado (Japanese buffet) on River St. in Little Ferry;
                a Chinese buffet in Maywood--address escapes me right now; a Green Grill on Hackensack Ave that combines(!) sushi and a rodizio--great food and great value; a rodizio in Scarsdale NY on Central Ave. Several Chinese buffets on Central Ave in Westchester and one on Rt 119 (Tarrytown Rd) in the old KMart shopping center.

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