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Mar 26, 2008 01:05 PM

Churrascarias, Rodizio, Brazilian Barbecue!

Looking for a churrascaria to introduce friends to the glorious concept that is rodizio. Astoria would be preferable. I've only really come across information on Greenfield, which is surprising given the fact that I know I've seen some cheap churrascarias when I was last in Astoria. Anyone have any good tips?

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  1. It's not technically a riodizio, so it won't work if you are specifically looking for the roaming-servers-with-meat-on-a-skewer theater that makes for a good riodizio experience. But my Brazilian friends really like Brasilianville Cafe & Grill in Astoria. They have a small buffet of salads, sides, and sometimes feijoada, and there's a window where you can order various cuts of roasting meats that you pay for by the pound. All dirt cheap.

    43-12 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

    1. The last time I was looking for a cheap churrascaria, I couldn't find any in Astoria - they all seemed to have turned into price-per-pound places, which isn't what I wanted. We also tried some random place on restaurant row that was supposed to be a churrascaria, but when we got there we were told that they had changed their menu 2 weeks prior and no longer offered the AYCE rodizio. So, we went to Greenfield, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the meat to be nearly as good as Plataforma, with a larger selection. The salad bar is not great, but it's serviceable, and they have a number of interesting hot dishes and soups on the buffet as well. Also, one of my favorite things is that they have a half wheel of parmigiano reggiano on the buffet, and you can help yourself to enormous hunks of it all night long! That to me is a MUCH better dessert than any of the pre-fab things on their carts. It's like $26 for weekend eves and holidays, less during the week - a steal compared to Plataforma, which seems to be up to around $60 now.

      Anyway, I'll get off my Greenfield soapbox for now, but keep it in mind if you can't find anything else. If anyone has any info on churrascarias in Astoria, I'd be grateful, because Greenfield is quite a haul and Astoria is more convenient - and I always like to try something new!

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      1. re: biondanonima

        Glad to hear Greenfields is still doing well. How long ago were you there? The last time I did a chowhound search on Greenfields, most of the posters were trashing the place.

        1. re: racer x

          We went around Christmas 2007, so 3-4 months ago? I understand why people trash the place, because let's face it, it's a little trashy! But the meat really was pretty good, the salad bar was acceptable, and the hot food buffet was decent as well. It's a buffet, so I'm not expecting a 4-star experience. We went to stuff ourselves on meat (we're on Atkins) and that's exactly what we did! I will say that they brought us several skewers of meat that were WAY overcooked for my liking, but I just asked that they come back around when they had a rarer piece and they were happy to oblige. Flirting a little with the servers will get you everywhere!

        2. re: biondanonima

          I'm well aware of Greenfield, but I don't think anyone will be willing to trek to Corona on the subway.

          Per-pound churrasco doesn't quite have the same effect as roving waiters with skewered meat, plus I think people were itching to go on a post-Lenten "meat bender." So I'm going to cross my fingers and hope others have the scoop on Astoria churrascarias.

          1. re: JungMann

            you don't think 'anyone' is willing to trek to Coroa on the subway? Huh? What planet are you from? Go there often, and go there deep. Great
            food on the street, much better than Greenfield since even as Greenfield
            is a good restaurant it must purchase its beef in the US and this is the problem....The US, where meat is soft and vegetables are hard is no place fo the concept of a churrascaria. You're much better off going and gettinng a moqueca in Long Island City!

            1. re: zemilideias

              "Meat is soft and vegetables are hard"??
              Sounds like you have only been eating vegetables in fru-fru restaurants in the US. We have plenty of soft veggies here too.

              And why is soft meat incompatible with churrascarias (soft on the inside, that is)? Am I missing something?

          2. re: biondanonima

            I think I've been down this road before. Just to say, I've only been to Greenfield once, and it was really early on a Saturday evening. And even though the food wasn't horrible, I just don't think it holds a candle to Plataforma. Sure, it's a lot cheaper, but I think in this case, you get what you pay for. Drier meats, less variety, service not as personable, smaller buffet. As for deserts... I never have space for any! ; )

            I wouldn't turn down going to greenfield again, but if I have a choice, I'll drop the extra money on a meat experience that is going to last with me a while.

            I really wish there was more all-you-can eat style brazilian bbq in the outer boroughs, but it's a tough thing to make money with unless you do it on a certain scale. I've tried a couple of the $30 range rodizio places in Manhattan and they don't really measure up either.

            1. re: bhill

              I strongly disagree with this:
              "... you get what you pay for. Drier meats, less variety, service not as personable, smaller buffet."

              Greenfields serves over 20 varieties of meat, the buffet is huge, and the service is friendly and accommodating. Maybe a small percentage of the cost difference is due to the quality of the meats, but the biggest reason for the higher prices at Plataforma is the cost of rent in Manhattan vs Corona.

          3. Anybody have an update on Sabor Tropical (36-18 30th Ave)? A Brazilian friend gives them thumbs up, but hasn't been in more than a year.
            I understand that Churrascaria Tropical (same owners) closed a while back - do they have rodizio at Sabor Tropical now?

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            1. re: racer x

              Yes they have rodizio at Sabor Tropical, they essentially merged the 2 restaurants into one when Churrascaria Tropical closed.

              1. re: Astoria Lurker

                Then maybe that's your best bet, Jungmann.

                1. re: Astoria Lurker

                  Sabor Tropical? Anyone have the address for that? Is it good food? more details pleeease! :)

              2. Does anyone know of a place in the BRONX ?

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                1. re: alwayshungry21

                  "Does anyone know of a place in the BRONX ?"

                  No wonder your handle is "Alwayshungry."

                2. You dont have to travel to south america or even leave queens to live a real brazilian experience.I decided to check this small but cozy brazilian churrascaria in astoria, and admit my hopes werent close to what i had. Brazilian churrascarias are usually huge with big waiting time, this little piece of brazil in astoria had me shocked. A nice enviroment with brazilian pictures and art on the wall, hand-picked Bossa tunes on the radio and exotic dishes on its hot and cold buffet such as cowtongue, and tripes that taste a lot better than it sounds.And be ready once you turn that thing green, because you are going to get a whole lot of perfectly cooked, tender and juicy meat of numerous variety and get as much of your favorite ones as you want with no wait time(unlike big churrascarias in which you would have to sit and wait until it comes back arround, and of course pay twice as much for it).
                  Chase all that with some great brazilian homemade Sangria and you will be one satisfied client like me and my family were.

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                  1. re: Matt Miller

                    What is the name of that place? That sounds like the exact type of restaurant I was looking for when I started this thread over a year ago.

                    1. re: Matt Miller

                      yeah, totally lacking in couth for you not to mention the name.
                      My favs so far are Brasilianville Grill and Point Brasil.

                        1. re: Matt Miller

                          Please, share the name and location!

                          1. re: jeeves

                            Mr. Miller's review is verbatim to a review for Samba Grill on UrbanSp00n.

                            29-17 23rd Ave

                            Samba Grill
                            29-17 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105