I spent 15 hours researching and ranking every Brazilian restaurant and bakery in New York City. Here you go.

 

Please note, we began writing this list in late 2017. It's possible new Brazilian restaurants and bakeries have opened since that time. Please let us know and we'll add them!

With the help of Behind the Scenes NYC, Yum City, NY is excited to present this comprehensive ranking of every single Brazilian eating establishments in all five New York City boroughs.

We combed Google and the popular review directories (Yelp, TripAdvisor, Facebook, Foursquare, Zomato) to find every last Brazilian eatery, no matter how small, new or unknown.

To rank the restaurants and bakeries, we used three methods:

1. The quantity of reviews on the major directory sites

2. The quality of the reviews on the major directory sites

3. Our experiences eating at the restaurants and bakeries (limited to a handful of the establishments).

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36. My Sweet

 Photo Source: My Sweet Instagram

Photo Source: My Sweet Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (17 Reviews)
  • Google: 5 Stars (19 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.5 Stars (85 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 9 Stars (357 Ratings)

Brooklyn - East Williamsburg - Website

From the My Sweet website: “My Sweet is a Brooklyn based artisan brand where every sweet is handmade to order. We only use high quality, natural ingredients and we like to support local producers. We don’t use anything artificial.”

Customers love the bite sized desserts made on premises. Yelper Maria T. proclaims “Just visited the new showroom with some Brazilian friends. We were craving this Brazilian sweet chocolate balls, and it did not disappoint. It tasted amazing! My favorite was the sea salt. We spent over an hour there trying different flavors and talking to Paula and Martina, who make you feel at home in their amazing space. It was really cozy. Their coffee is also delicious. We will come back frequently! Definitely recommend this place.”

35. Petisco Brazuca

 Photo Credit:  Petisco Brazuca Instagram

Photo Credit:  Petisco Brazuca Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 5 Stars (11 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (3 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (78 Reviews)

Manhattan - East Harlem (Delivery Only) - Website

If you have a particular passion for Coxinhas, the Brazilian version of the chicken croquette, look no further than Petisco Brazuca. Chef Vanessa Pedreira and Ricardo Rosa started this delivery-only shop to share their passion for Salgados, a type of Brazilian snack food, with New Yorkers. They have a large Brazilian following and have earned praise from numerous Brazilian media outlets.

34. Gomi

 Photo Credit: Gomi Instagram

Photo Credit: Gomi Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (77 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.8 Stars (16 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 5 Stars (11 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 6.7 Stars (90 Ratings)

Manhattan - Alphabet City - Yelp

Gomi is New York City’s only Korean-Brazilian wine bar. Their strength is their wine, not their food, but they’ve got some tasty bites here. Yelpers love the Cornish Hen, Gyoza and Picanha, among the numerous other tapas on the menu. Likewise, the “Brazilian-Meets-Korean” steak is a standout. On the wine side, rose is the star.

33. Casa Theodoro

 Photo Credit: Casa Theodoro Instagram

Photo Credit: Casa Theodoro Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (41 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.7 Stars (27 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (69 Reviews)

Queens - Woodside - Website

Casa Theodoro is a pizzeria and eatery. They are famous for their Pizza Rodizio. On Yelp, Ju L. recommends the “classic Portuguesa, topped with crumbled ham, heart of palm, hard boiled egg, and cheese - possibly a creamy Brazilian cheese called catupiry which is all over their menu. It was fantastic. Loaded with toppings but never soggy. The crust is pillowy inside in the most forgivable of ways.”

Ju L. also has great things to say about the Beijinho, “a Brazilian sweet made of condensed milk and coconut flakes. It's not typically on a pizza... but hell, they made a pizza of it. It's simple and tasty (and comes out immediately since no additional baking is required).”

32. Galeria

 Photo Credit: Galeria Instagram

Photo Credit: Galeria Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (48 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 5 Stars (6 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (23 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 5 Stars (20 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.4 Stars (42 Reviews)

Manhattan - Lower East Side - Website

Galeria serves unique bowls of Brazilian food made from organic, local and fresh ingredients. They use all ingredients within 48 hours of of delivery. The serving presentation is exquisite; it’s distinct from most other Brazilian restaurants in the city. In fact, their presentation is exceptional compared to New York City restaurants in general.

They’ve made believers of the folks at Gothamist, who remarked that the eatery’s bowl concept “sounds cliche at this point, but it's hard to get too cynical about it when everything tastes this good.”

31. Kilo Astoria

 Photo Credit: Kilo Astoria Instagram

Photo Credit: Kilo Astoria Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (48 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (106 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (165 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (49 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 7.5 Stars (10 Ratings)

Queens - Astoria - Website

This new Brazilian churrascaria gets customer love for its hot buffet, atmosphere and friendly staff. Equally as important, the prices are also very reasonable. “Dim lighting, and simple/rustic decor. Very welcoming staff, and that's always a good start.”

Here’s a thorough breakdown of the wonderful meats on tap: “It was a delicious platter for less than one pound. I picked chicken hearts and beef rib, plantains, pernil and bitter green salad. K got sausage and sirloin with roasted squash. The chicken hearts were good, spongy and well seasoned. The beef rib was perfectly fatty and roasted with marrow juices. It was amazing! The sirloin was good too but a little fatty.“

30. Aroma Brazil Restaurant

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (82 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (4 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (141 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.9 Stars (81 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 7 Stars (21 Ratings)

Queens - Jackson Heights - Website

This cozy pay-by-the-pound spot features all the Brazilian classics, and you get to eat for a fraction of the price you would at the larger Manhattan Brazilian restaurants; one Yelper claims that they paid $10 for a plate of food that would have cost $60 in Manhattan. If you go, make sure to order the picanha (sirloin), the coxinha (croquette), feijao (beans) and farofa (cassava).

29. Cafe Patoro

 Photo Credit:  dessertkingblim  Instagram

Photo Credit: dessertkingblim Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (89 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 5 Stars (5 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.8 Stars (62 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (22 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.6 Stars (41 Ratings)

Manhattan - South Street Seaport - Website

This café located step from the Brooklyn Bridge, in the East part of the Financial District, also know as South Seaport, is a great upscale option to go for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.

The place is well-known for the love for the famous Pão de Queijo (PDQ). They explain what it is: “PDQ is a small gluten-free cheesebread roll. Featuring a perfect balance of crispy outside and chewy inside, PDQs are the most delectable when hot, right out of the oven.”

They offer a few variations of the Mini PDQ Sandwiches, something that is not so easy to find in New York City. This is surely one of the specialties you must try.

For the Bigger Bites, try the Empanadas, the Brazilian Grilled Cheese and the Corn Bread.

Talking about Sweets, we are fans of the Brigadeiro Cake (a variation made from the famous brigadeiro - a type of chocolate truffle made with condensed milk). Also the Flan and the Carrot Cake.

28. Brigadeiro Bakery

 Photo Credit: Brigadeiro Bakery

Photo Credit: Brigadeiro Bakery

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (66 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 3.5 Stars (13 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.6 Stars (52 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (109 Reviews)

Manhattan - SoHo - Website

Opened in 2014, this SoHo sweet shop offers 17 different flavors of Brigadeiros truffles, including passion fruit, coffee, dulce de leche and oreo. It’s a snug space with minimal seating, but it’s open seven days a week so you’ve got plenty of time to stop by in case the lines are long.

They offer a free brigadeiro when you check in on Yelp too.

27. Beach Bistro 96

 Photo Credit: Beach Bistro 96 Instagram

Photo Credit: Beach Bistro 96 Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (26 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (22 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.9 Stars (31 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.1 Stars (21 Ratings)

Queens - Rockaway Beach - Website

Beach Bistro’s tapioca was named to our list of 85 Best Dishes & Desserts in NYC. It’s been open less than two years, but this Rockaway Beach eatery has proven to serve some of the city’s finest Brazilian cuisine.

Besides their beautiful, delicious tapioca (similar to crepes), Beach Bistro 96 serves excellent coxinhas, pasteis, picanha and feijoada. The husband and wife team that run the restaurant also make fresh juices like Maracuja Juice, an incredible passion fruit concoction, and Guava juice.

Whether you’re about to hit the waves, or you’ve just finished a surf session, Beach Bistro 96 is a great spot to satisfy your craving for authentic Brazilian food.

26. Point Brazil

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (121 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (12 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (113 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.6 Stars (65 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.3 Stars (56 Ratings)

Queens - Astoria - Website

A 2011 New York Times’ Critics Pick.

Yelp’s Corina S. says “Yummy food, consistently delicious and fresh, love the salad and the hot bar, with lots of sides to choose from, to accompany the delicious meat of your choice!”

Neha, also on Yelp, writes that “I cannot believe I have been spending so much money in pricier restaurants to get my weekly fix of a meaty South American meal when I could have been feasting here instead. The food is superb; the prices, unbeatable.”

25. TAP NYC

  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (106 Reviews)

Manhattan - Upper West Side - Website

Tap NYC opened just a few months back, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has been attracting clients from all over. With delicious variations of the tapioca - a starch extracted from cassava root, originally from the Northeastern part of Brazil.

As they explain: “Tapioca is gluten-free, sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol free, with no added preservatives!” Sounds perfect, right?

The place is great, décor is bright, spacious! Tapioca option vary from countless savory ones, to sweet ones. Plus, they still offer, salads, Brazilian bits, açai bowls, matcha drinks, juices, smoothies, teas. And, of course, great coffee like every true Brazilian loves.

24. Padoca Bakery

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (174 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.4 Stars (94 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (53 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.5 Stars (127 Ratings)

Manhattan - Upper East Side - Website

When you walk inside this traditional Brazilian bakery, you are immediately absorbed by this incredibly irresistible smell of fresh baked goods!

The place has great natural light, that certainly is a highlight. Their menu is fantastic for a quick breakfast, to a filling and healthy lunch. They have fresh pastries done in-house, savory ones too, cookies, brownies and açai bowls. Coffee is very good too!

In addition they also offer catering services and whole cakes for special celebrations freshly baked too! We love the Bolo de Coco that is a very fluffy and moist coconut cake!

23. El Mate

  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (190 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (15 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.7 Stars (50 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.9 Stars (106 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.1 Stars (33 Ratings)

Queens - Carroll Gardens - Website

A Brazilian-Argentinian fusion restaurant. From the El Mate website: “From our delicious Milanesas to our selections of empanadas to the most complexity of flavors of cuts of beef – like Bife de Costilla or Tira de Asado or the exotic Brazilian cut Picanha na Tabua we are dedicated to serve our food with passion which you can enjoy every bit by sipping with our handcrafted selection of house “coquetels” featuring all natural Yerba Mate.”

Yelper Zachary P. claims “The star of the show was their chimichurri sauce, which was fresh and dynamic on its own, and absolutely had to be slathered onto the pieces of meat. The beer selection was limited but tasty, and my friend had the El Mate drink, which she said was really good. The prices were reasonable (under $30. for entrees) and the atmosphere was festive.”

22. Via Brasil

 Photo Credit: Via Brasil Instagram

Photo Credit: Via Brasil Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (123 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (338 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (107 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (275 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 6.7 Stars (90 Ratings)

Manhattan - Midtown West - Website

Via Brasil has been serving authentic Brazilian fare since 1978, so you have to assume they make some pretty delicious food.

Eater’s Robert Sietsema exclaimed that “rarely has New York seen such a lush rendition” of the feijoada, the Brazilian national dish. Sietsema also noted that the Brazilian restaurant is “a notable paragon of relaxed dining, a place where you can feel like you’re on vacation.”

“Carnivores will want to dive into the mixed-grill churrasca, featuring sausage, steak, chicken and pork, or keep it simple with an excellent rendition of picanha,” notes Time Out New York.

21. Beija Flor

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (135 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (89 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (110 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (175 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.5 Stars (71 Ratings)

Queens - Long Island City - Website

Customers rave about this place’s ambience, “bar none, one of the best I've seen in any restaurant in all of NYC.”

A cozy but lively restaurant serving traditional Brazilian cuisine in an elegant yet unpretentious fashion. Located on a quiet Long Island City corner, the unfinished wood, sisal rope, and natural cloth used in the tasteful decor creates a true rustic ambiance enhanced by clay pots and cast iron skillets.

The restaurant uses ingredients sourced from the finest purveyors, featuring many local and organic products. On weekends, live music invigorates the atmosphere and inspires people to dance while they enjoy signature caipirinhas.

20. Rice N Beans

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (173 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (130 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (106 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.3 Stars (112 Ratings)

Manhattan - Hell’s Kitchen - Website

Rice N Beans has been serving authentic Brazilian cuisine to New Yorkers for over 25 years. Its namesake ingredients, rice and beans, stand out from other Latin American eateries because of the culinary talents of Executive Chef Carlos Roberto Inácio.

“I used to observe my mom cooking in (the Brazilian state of) Minas Gerais, so I learned how to cook in a different way, how to bring special seasoning to the dishes”, Chef Inácio explains. The result is represented in a traditional Brazilian cuisine with intense flavors of garlic, onion, tomato, and coconut.

You’ll want to try the Bolinho De Queijo (Cod Stuffed Croquette), the Feijoada, the Coxinhas and Guava & Passion Fruit Caipirinhas.

19. Empórium Brasil

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (172 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (299 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.4 Stars (159 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.6 Stars (148 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8 Stars (165 Ratings)

Manhattan - Midtown West - Website

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Empórium Brasil’s food has been compared, by Brazilians, to their mom’s or grandma's food. Always a good nostalgic feeling, for sure!

They are known for having a great service and very friendly staff. Definitely a plus!

As always, never skip ordering the appetizers. They are very unique and delicious.

One of their top signature dishes are the Short Ribs, but we particularly love the famous Camarão na Moranga. This is a quite unique dish made from fresh acorn squash stuffed with shrimp, hearts of palm and catupiry cheese. Yes, this is one of the top Brazilian dishes that are a considered a “National passion”! Very, very flavorful.

The Vatapá is also a great pick. It’s a typical dish from Bahia, a state in the Northeastern part of the country. It’s basically made with purée of bread crumbs and smoked shrimp with peanuts and cashews flavored with coconut milk and palm oil.

Their menu is very diverse, with everything from grilled steak and poultry, to seafood and pastas, but you can’t really go wrong.

18. Zebú Grill

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (185 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (54 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.1 Stars (61 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (73 Reviews)

Manhattan - Upper East Side - Yelp

According to Yelpers, the service at this Upper East Side eatery is “amazing” and the food is “melt in your mouth heavenly.”

In addition, Zebu Grill features a meat-heavy menu and specializes in churassco dishes and caipirinha cocktails. Their standout meals are the ultra-tender Carne Cozida beef dish and the Feijoada, a plate of lean cuts of beef, pork & sausages in a black bean stew accompanied by rice, collard greens & farofa. A terrific spot for family dinners or date night.

17. Pao de Queijo

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  • Yelp: 4 Stars (260 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (5 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (85 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.6 Stars (85 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.9 Stars (146 Ratings)

Queens - Astoria - Website

Yelp’s Sophie G. claims “This is hands down the best place for Brazilian food - true authentic food!! I live in Manhattan and make the trip out to queens just for this place. Their chicken and cream cheese empanadas are TO DIE FOR. And I have also been on a mission to find the best brigadeiros, and this place wins by a landslide. Any other brigadeiros you get in manhattan are over priced and not even authentic. Eating one of their empanadas as I type - soooo yummy.”

Google reviewers rave about the green sauce, the Pao de Queijo (obviously), the sandwiches and the burgers.

16. Copacabana Brazilian Grill

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (190 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (153 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.5 Stars (112 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.4 Stars (120 Ratings)

Queens - Astoria - Website

Copacabana serves delicious Brazilian barbecue buffet style, and charges as little as $7.49 per pound depending if you go for the meat (and is at most $10/pound). Besides offering traditional Brazilian style meat, they also offer an excellent cut of lamb.

The Astoria spot has a legion of fans who rave about the food on Yelp and other online review sites. Just like their Queens competitors, Copacabana’s prices are modest compared to Manhattan Brazilian spots, but the quality of the food is comparable.

15. Samba Kitchen & Bar

 Photo Credit: Samb'a Journey Instagram

Photo Credit: Samb'a Journey Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (213 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 5 Stars (43 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.6 Stars (94 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.9 Stars (92 Reviews)

Manhattan - Hell’s Kitchen - Website

This casual Hell’s Kitchen Brazilian venue features traditional Brazilian fare & cocktails, plus live bands in a cozy ambiance. The yucca fries, feiojada and pichana get a lot of love from the clientele.

“This place is special...who doesn't want to eat, drink and listen to live music at the same time. This place deserves a visit.” wrote one Yelper.

Another Yelp reviewer commented that, “Had we not eaten beforehand, we would've eaten here because every time they brought out a dish, it smelled AMAZING!!!!! Like no joke, my whole party almost just ordered food anyway from the smell alone!!”

14. Favela Grill

  • Yelp: 4 Stars (221 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.7 Stars (43 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (292 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.8 Stars (120 Ratings)

Queens - Astoria - Website

This Queens wine bar has received raves from the likes of Gothamist, Village Voice and New York Magazine. Customers love the Coxinha de frango (chicken croquettes), Churrasco and Costela Bam Bam (a Flinstone-style short rib on a bone).

Other standout dishes include the Moqueca de Peix, a seafood stew made with herbs, vegetables and coconut milk and served with a side of bacon fat cassava; the feijoda, a beef stew served in a miniature cauldron and salgados pastries.

13. Beco

 Photo Credit: Beco Instagram

Photo Credit: Beco Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (295 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (17 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.4 Stars (140 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.4 Stars (128 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 9.2 Stars (624 Ratings)

Brooklyn - Williamsburg - Website

This is one of the Brazilian spots we love the most in Brooklyn! Beco Bar is a small Brazilian-style pub located just a few blocks from McCarren Park in Williamsburg.

The place is certainly the hot spots where the cool Brazilian (and local) crown hangs on weekdays and weekends. Brunch hours are always very full and tables are being disputed by the trendiest people in the neighborhood - but, many commute from Manhattan and even other closeby cities!

They offer very traditional dishes like the Feijoada, PF (aka Prato Feito) and the Bife a Cavalo. Appetizers like the pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) is a must-eat, as well as their Coxinha - a fried croquettes filled with shredded chicken breast.

Their sandwich options are various and we recommend the also traditional, Bauru with sliced filet mignon, queijo prato (cheese) and tomatoes on a baguette.

For drink we’d say, try them all, but the famous Caipirinha and Batida de Côco are our top picks!

Ah! They have live bands on Sundays at 5pm playing traditional Brazilian music, and also DJs on other days.

12. Casa

  • Yelp: 3.5 Stars (214 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (64 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.2 Stars (72 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.8 Stars (69 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.9 Stars (228 Ratings)

Manhattan - West Village - Website

We love places that are able to host a very small number of guests at a time. The intimate space definitely makes it an amazing experience.

Casa, located in the West Village is one of these great spots.

With a very traditional Brazilian menu, they offer the best Brazilian comfort-food selection.

As appetizers, our top picks are the: pão de queijo, pastéis (or empanadas) and  mandioca frita (yucca sticks).

A great dish to start from, if you’ve never tried Brazilian food is the well known Feijoada - black bean stew with prime meats served with white rice, fresh oranges, collard greens, farofa and vinaigrette sauce.

Their sandwiches, also very typical are fantastic. Which ones to pick? Try the Bauru de Carne made with pita bread, steak, melted cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Now, if you enjoy a good cocktail, the traditional Caipirinha (cachaça, sugar and lime) is always our choice.

11. Villa Brazil Café Grill

  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (277 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (28 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.6 Stars (221 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.4 Stars (95 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 9 Stars (117 Ratings)

Queens - Long Island City - Website

“A shining example of the cultural diversity of queens, this buffet style Brazilian joint is teeming with families speaking Portuguese and having a good time.”

“Delicious Brazilian barbecue meat and buffet food by the pound! This place is very straight forward. Grab a plate and start grabbing the goods from the buffet bar or daily barbecue meats from the guy behind the counter - hanger steak, beef ribs, sausage, sirloin steak, and etc.”

“It is a super practical space with the by the weight style dining, you just come in serve yourself and pay for what you are about to eat. I love that as it cuts the time of ordering and waiting, so you come in and go straight to enjoying a meal within seconds.”

10. Miss Favela

 Photo Credit: Miss Favela

Photo Credit: Miss Favela

 
  • Yelp: 3 Stars (374 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 3.5 Stars (363 Reviews)
  • Google: 3.9 Stars (247 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.1 Stars (159 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 7.9 Stars (511 Ratings)

Brooklyn - Williamsburg - Website

New York Magazine’s Michael Y. Park offers up a wonderful description of this Williamsburg spot: “Named for the desperately poor shantytowns that exist on the fringes of both Brazilian cities and Brazilian law, Miss Favela suggests less an urban ghetto than a relatively well-to-do village eatery/bar on the edge of a jungle. It's got a corrugated-steel wall in cheery yellow and green, chipped-paint metal chairs and tables that seem to ooze outdoors, and compellingly energetic Brazilian dance music. But here’s one clue you're not by the Amazon: The constant whirr of cars streaming over the Williamsburg Bridge almost directly overhead.”

Here’s how the owners describe the food: For nostalgic and curious palates, the restaurant features a menu filled with dishes as Moqueca de Peixe,Tutu a Mineira, Feijoada, among others. Also part of the menu Brazilian appetizers- coxinha, frango a passarinho, bolinho de bacalhau, pão de queijo, and the traditional drink as Capirinha that is offered with typical fruits as açaí, among others.

9. Coffee Shop

  • Yelp: 3 Stars (1137 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 3.5 Stars (262 Reviews)
  • Google: 3.6 Stars (572 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.2 Stars (458 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.1 Stars (1,589 Ratings)

Manhattan - Flatiron - Website

An iconic all-night Brazilian eatery that’s been around for decades and is open 23 hours a day. It’s fun, it’s noisy and it’s full of the pretty and the hip. It’s famous for the sidewalk people watching, sort of like a classic Parisian bistro. The service can be hit or miss, but many of the servers are aspiring models, actual models or could pass for models (which may make up for the slow service for some).

The herb fries are particularly popular, but Coffee Shop offers up plenty of other choice fare, like the Pao de Queijo. Likewise, the shrimp baiano, a shrimp stew from Bahia, that comes with kale, fried plantains and plenty of white rice, is utterly delicious.

8. Brazil Brazil

  • Yelp: 3 Stars (300 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (601 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.1 Stars (178 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.7 Stars (54 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 6.8 Stars (171 Ratings)

Manhattan - Hell’s Kitchen - Website

Situated on Restaurant Row, steps away from Times Square and Broadway, Brazil Brazil offers a delicious variety of exotic steaks & Seafood in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Diners can enjoy their meals while enjoying live Brazilian music.

If you go for brunch you’ll have to try the Churrasco a Cavalo, a 14 oz Angus Strip Steak topped with two fried eggs and served with fries. The Picanha na Chapa (sirloin steak on a sizzling platter) stands out on the dinner menu.

Probably Brazil Brazil’s most noteworthy dish is the Camarano no Coco ($27), featuring sautéed shrimps with mushrooms, herbs and coconut milk and served in a fresh coconut shell with sautéed broccoli and rice. It resembles a bread bowl in form; but you won’t find anything like it at Panera (or most anywhere else in New York City).

7. Berimbau do Brasil

 Photo Credit: Berimbau do Brasil Instagram

Photo Credit: Berimbau do Brasil Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (343 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (106 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (165 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.5 Stars (259 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 9 Stars (357 Ratings)

Manhattan - Greenwich Village - Website

Since 2009, Berimbau do Brasil has been one of the small and trendy Brazilian spots in the Greenwich Village. The restaurant is named after a very popular Brazilian instrument called “berimbau”, which has African roots and is used in the capoeira martial arts dance.

The restaurant is small, cozy, with a rustic décor, and great service (as most Brazilian spots have), plus, fantastic food. It’ loved not only by the meat eaters, but also vegetarians. Portions are very generous, so feel free to share different dishes.

Try the acarajé, pão de queijo (cheese bread) and pastel (a type of Brazilian empanada), as appetizers. For the mains, we love the Picadinho Carioca, Bobó de Camarão, the famous Feijoada and the Moqueca à Baiana. Dessert? The brigadeiro, of course - a chocolate truffle sweet loved by all Brazilians.

6. Rainhas Churrascaria

 Photo Credit: Rainhas Churrascaria

Photo Credit: Rainhas Churrascaria

 
  • Yelp: 3.5 Stars (366 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (65 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.4 Stars (491 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 7 Stars (98 Ratings)

Queens - Corona - Website

A popular all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse near Citi Field. Best known for the picanha and the pineapple. The interior is large and ornate, and features a waterfall panel on the windows.

Servers bring an array of meats (over 30 in fact) to your table to choose from, including pork, different cuts of steak, prime rib, spare ribs and lechon, among others. Customers also rave about the service and the drinks.

5. Esperanto

  • Yelp: 3.5 Stars (639 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (93 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.2 Stars (194 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.5 Stars (129 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.9 Stars (523 Ratings)

Manhattan - Alphabet City - Website

Esperanto is a lively Brazilian Latin restaurant that’s been serving New Yorkers from the Lower East Side since 1999. Like many other restaurants on this list, you can catch live music here.

The standout dish at Esperanto is the plantain crusted goat cheese medallions appetizer, served on a bed of sauteed leaks and topped with pico de gallo and a side of cilantro pesto. It’s indulgent and it’s glorious. The medallions go perfectly on a piece of bread; one Yelper called the cilantro pesto topping, “green gold”.

4. Favela Cubana

  • Yelp: 4.5 Stars (1,108 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (79 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.2 Stars (152 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.3 Stars (265 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 7.7 Stars (241 Ratings)

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A Brazilian-Cuban hybrid. According to their website, Favela Cubana is a place where food, music and culture converge.  Brazil’s Frango Ipanema and Cuba’s Arroz con Pollo are amongst the delicacies featured on the menu, and fresh tropical cocktails such as their tantalizing “Orange Basil Mojito” highlight the fully stocked bar.

3. Ipanema

 Photo Source: Ipanema Restaurant Instagram

Photo Source: Ipanema Restaurant Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (974 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (605 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.3 Stars (401 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.4 Stars (354 Reviews)

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Ipanema gets raves for its Bitoque and Picanha steak dishes.

The Bitoque, a Portuguese staple, is an aged New York strip cooked in a garlic and beer sauce and topped with a fried egg. The Picanha is an aged top sirloin served on a sizzling platter.

Ipanema is in the heart of New York City’s Little Brazil street. The restaurant’s owners are not shy about the quality of their food; they claim to run the best Brazilian restaurant “in all of New York City.”

2. Fogo de Chão

 Photo Source: Fogo de Chao Instagram

Photo Source: Fogo de Chao Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (877 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (885Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (1,236 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.5 Stars (859 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.5 Stars (686 Ratings)

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Ah! This is for the big carnivores out there! Fogo de Chão is one of the most famous and respected churrascarias in Brazil. They’ve also gaining international recognition “exporting” a great team of Brazilian meat experts to run the overseas locations. It is said that only their Brazilian team cuts the meat since there is a special way to accentuate its flavor.

The side dishes are also to die for, from the arroz caipira, to the fantastic salad table with everything you can ever imagine eating.

The meat is served in a “rodizio” style, that means that you pay a fix price and eat as much as you want. Waiters pass with different meat options and you can choose which ones you’d like to try, or reorder more of the same. After you’re satisfied, you just signal you’re done by flipping a paper coin (one side is green meaning you want to be served / the other is red that means you’re done).

1. Churrascaria Plataforma

 Photo Source: Churrascaria Plataforma Instagram

Photo Source: Churrascaria Plataforma Instagram

 
  • Yelp: 4 Stars (1,181 Reviews)
  • TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars (1,347 Reviews)
  • Google: 4.5 Stars (1,073 Reviews)
  • Facebook: 4.6 Stars (2,312 Reviews)
  • Foursquare: 8.9 Stars (655 Ratings)

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The New York Yankees of Brazilian steakhouses. Raved about by legions of fans and the best known food critics. A New York Daily News writer once wrote, “I’ve been asked a lot over the course of the year which New York restaurants I’d be most likely to visit out of personal choice rather than professional responsibility. The name I heard myself uttering in response, more than any other, was Churrascaria Plataforma.”

The New York Times claimed the restaurant is “so big, brassy and over-the-top, you could probably have a great time there if you were celebrating an inner-ear infection.”