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Oct 2, 2007 07:12 PM

Best Brazilian Food in NYC

Has anyone had some great brazilian? I hear a little about Buzina Pop...but i'm looking for the next rock star brazilian chef? Is that Buzina Pop or does anyone have some ideas. Please help.

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  1. I haven't heard about Buzina Pop yet, but if you're looking for authentic Brazilian I would recommend Casa on Bedford in the Village. This place is small and quaint and you literally feel at home. It is nothing like the typical churrascarias around the city. But if you're looking for a good Churrascaria I would recommend going out to Newark. The ones here are simply overpriced and not half as good as what you'll get in the Brazilian neighborhoods in Jersey.

    1. There's actually a Brazilian section in NYC. Its right by the diamond district ( 46th btwn 5th and 6th...)...As a matter of fact the street is called "Little Brazil."

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      1. re: kcijones001

        I think "Little Brazil" went the way of Little Italy, actually. There aren't that many brazilian places there anymore, and the one or two I've eaten at in the last 5 years were not very good.

      2. You should also ask on other boards. There are 4 good places in Astoria -- Malagueta (the best), Favela, Sabor, and Brasilianville (the cheapest) -- and several good ones in Newark (Tapajos and Brasilia and several others, some in the mall on Adams St.)

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        1. re: Brian S

          La Malagueta was really great - I highly recommend making the trip. Great food and lovely staff.

        2. Ther5e's a place called Brazil Brazil on 46th between 8th and 9th where they sell $4.-- Caipirinhas from 6-9 pm ( plus mojitos and sangria) and their fejoada isn't bad at all.

          1. Avoid Buzina Pop. It's terrible and overpriced. The service is a joke! I wrote a review about the place months ago. You can probably find if you do a search in Buzina Pop. It was a big disappointment. I had high expectations for the place, since their menu looks very much like the menus of "cozinha contemporanea" restaurants we have in Brazil (a kind of New-Brazilian).

            My favorite Brazilian in NYC is Via Brasil, although I don't like the decor of the place. The food is very good and authentic, although not innovative. The menu is very much what you will find in an old style Brazilian restaurant in Brazil.

            Zebu Grill on 92nd St is also a good option. The room is much cozier than Via Brasil. The menu is small but innovative.

            I haven't been in Circus since they moved to the new location, but it used to be good.
            For Churrascaria I would go to Plataforma, it's better than Porcao, IMO.

            I am afraid you won't find the next rock star Brazilian chef in the US. Try Rio or Sao Paulo...

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            1. re: Toot

              I very much agree with Toot about Via Brasil, on W. 46th Street, "Little Brazil" (also the title of a book I wrote on Brazilian immigrants in NYC). It has the best Brazilian food in the city but I also like Zebu Grill quite a lot.

              Circus is very pretty--the most upscale of the group--and its cuisine, while good, is what I would call "Brazilian light"--smallish portions and an attempt to cut down on calories.

              1. re: Toot

                I think I read your review on Buzina Pop. Thanks for the honesty and saving me from wasting my $. However I must say the Mousse de Abacate sounds incredible.