With the Rio Olympics in full swing, you might want to try and feast yourself on some good, authentic Brazilian food around the city. Around 46th street is an area called “Little Brazil”, which features plenty of Brazilian restaurants at Times Square-level prices. But there are plenty of Brazilian joints across the city that offer delicious, authentic Brazilian food, and at much lower prices. I recently came across an article that discussed some of the best Brazilian dishes in New York City, and where you can get them:
Pao de quiejo: Calling this “cheesy bread” doesn’t do justice to how delicious it is. They look like munchkins, but instead of sparing portions of jelly, they’re filled with warm, gooey cheese.
Where to get it: New York Pao de Queijo in Astoria
Picanha: A Brazilian cut of beer, sort of like filet mignon but with more fat. It’s traditionally served with homemade salsas and a couscous-like side called “farofa”.
Where to get it: Colonia Verde in Fort Greene
Pastels: Sort of like the Brazilian version of hot pockets, but they aren’t cooked in a microwave. They’re served with just about any sort of filling, from chicken to chocolate.
Where to get it: The Coffee Shop near Union Square
Feijoada: Considered the national dish of Brazil, feijoada is a black bean and meat stew served with orange slices, white rice, collard greens and farofa.
Where to get it: Casa in the West Village
Churrasco: Quintessential Brazilian cuisine, churrasco restaurants feature waiters walking around with swords of meat. The key here is all-you-can-eat, with waiters carrying around samples of pork, beef and chicken until you’re just about ready to drop.
Where to get it: Fogo de Chao in Midtown
Moqueca de peixe: A traditional seafood stew that originated in Portugal. It’s simmered with dende oil, green herbs, tomatoes, onions and coconut milk.
Where to get it: Favela Grill in Astoria
Costelinha de porco: Traditional pork ribs coated in barbecue sauce.
Where to get it: Berimbau in the West Village
Brigadeiros: Truffle-like treats made with condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter, then coated in sprinkles.
Where to get it: Brigadeiro Bakery in the West Village
Caipirinha: The national cocktail of Brazil, made with lime and the spirit cachaça.
Where to get it: Beco in Williamsburg