Berimbau is the best Brazilian restaurant in NYC. This narrow West Village spot separates itself in the details. They offer farofa with dende oil to match the flavors and consistency of the moqueca, while serving a bowl of bacon-studded farofa with the meat-heavy feijoada. That feijoada is packed with pork that has the pull-apart texture you’d expect from stewed meat, but with the bark and smoke rings you’d find after a slow-cook in a smoker. Before ordering a basket of stress ball-sized pão de queijo in the garden out back, stop at the curbside bar, and pick up a fantastic, not-too-sugary caipirinha.
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When you want to eat and drink outside with a big group, you could fill up water bottles with white wine. Or you could go to any of these 18 spots.
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The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.
This West Village Italian spot is starting to feel just a tad dated - but the food is as good as ever. Try it for a special dinner, and order pasta.
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Via Brasil is a classic Brazilian spot in Midtown where you should eat feijoada while listening to live jazz.
Santo Bruklin is a casual Brazilian spot in Carroll Gardens with a nice backyard and some of the best pão de queijo in NYC.
Churrascaria Plataforma is a massive Brazilian steakhouse in Hell’s Kitchen with an all-you-can-eat prix-fixe of high-ends meats.
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In 2021, Llama Inn in Williamsburg has loosened up into a laid-back Peruvian spot we’d visit on a random Tuesday night.
El Almacén is an affordable, crowd-pleasing, quality restaurant you would not expect to find on top of the Bedford L stop.
Miss Favela is Brazilian restaurant in Williamsburg with live music, grilled meat, and caipirinhas. It feels sort of like a beach party in Rio.
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