Brazilian food? (not churrascaria)
My dad is coming into town, and he's a fan of all things Brazil (is considering retiring there), so I would love to take him to a great Brazilian meal. He is from LA, where there are a few good churrascarias, so that's not really what I'm looking for. Are there any non-steakhouse Brazilian places (bonus points if they have a really good moqueca) in Manhattan? Also, any advice on finding Brazilian cultural experiences would be much appreciated.
I like Zebu Grill in the Upper East Side, but I have never had the moqueca there. The room is cute and the food is good, but the menu is a bit limited.
My favorite Brazilian restaurant is Via Brasil on 46th Street. I love the food, although I don't like the room and the neighborhood. But it's my best bet whenever I am homesick for Brazilian food.
Delicia in the West Village has a very good moqueca, but the service is VERY slow. If you don't mind to wait, this is a good option.
Avoid Buzina Pop like the plague.
There is also Circus, which I haven't been in a long time, but I had the moqueca there long time ago and it was good.
You just missed the Brazilian Film Festival at MoMA and the Brazilian Day. So I am not sure what is going on right now. Check SOB (Sounds of Brazil) webpage to see what they have. Sometimes the Blue Note has Brazilian singers, you may want to check their webpage too.
Not in Manhattan, but may be just as accessible, depending where you are based, but Miss Favela in Williamsburg is atmospheric, has great food and drinks, and a very friendly staff. The place describes itself as a botequim with traditional Brazilian dishes. Web page: http://missfavela.com/botequim/index.php