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Brazilian food? (not churrascaria)

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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.

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  1. I don't know what moqueca is, but I really like Zebu Grill, on E. 92nd Street. It's not a steakhouse, thought they do have meat, of course.

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    Zebu Grill
    305 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Zebu Grill is the best Brazilian restaurant in the city, and it does have a pretty good moqueca (a Brazilian seafood stew). Their moqueca has coconut milk, but not palm oil. You can get grilled meats there, but they have a lot of other choices also.

        1. re: ShinjukuAce

          Palm oil is a key ingredient for moqueca - at least the moqueca Bahia style - if they are not using palm oil, they are making a stew but not a moqueca :) which can be good too.

      2. West 46th Street is dubbed "Little Brazil" for all the Brazilian restaurants it has to offer.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: Toot

            i will strongly second via brasil. your dad may like it b/c it's more old fashioned and has very good food.

            1. re: nativeNYer

              third for Via Brazil. My boyfriend is obsessed!

          2. 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

            1. Casa - in the West Village.