Inspired by the sizzling streets of Rio de Janeiro and the lush Amazon rainforest, Brazilian’s rich flavors and cuisine has made its way to New York City! From seasoned feijoada to sweet açaí, there’s tons of authentic South American food here just ready to be devoured.
For this list, we’ve put together a list of our favorite spots, ranging from Brazilian steakhouses to hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Check them out below!
1. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Midtown
This rodízio-style steakhouse in Midtown is one of NYC’s most popular Brazilian steakhouses. Fogo de Chão is known for their upscale approach to Southern Brazilian cuisine, primarily serving churrasco barbecued meats and traditional side dishes. We of course recommend those very sizzling churrasco meats (steak, lamb, chicken and pork) carved table side over an open flame, as well as their high-end market table. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. See the full menu here.
Where: 40 W 53rd St
2. Churrascaria Plataforma Brazilian Steakhouse, Midtown
Churrascaria Plataforma Brazilian Steakhouse is similarly a Rodízio style restaurant, serving all sorts of meat variations like top sirloin, baby beef, top round, skirt steak, short ribs, brisket, rib eye, pork, chicken, lamb, fish, and more. With cuts prepared right in front of you, you’ll be amazed at how juicy and authentic the cuisine is. Our recommendation is going during dinner time to get the all-you-can-eat rodízio special (unlimited salad bar and churrasco) for $78.95 per person. See full menu here.
Where: 316 W 49th St
3. Via Brasil, Midtown
Located right in the heart of “Little Brazil” (block of W 46th St between 5th & 6th Avenues), Via Brasil has been serving up greatness since 1978! On any given day you can feast on traditional Brazilian dishes like feijoada, pão de queijo, churrasco, and so much more. Plus, you can even listen to live Brazilian jazz on select nights…all while sipping on their iconic caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) of course. See full menu here.
Where: 34 W 46th St
4. Berimbau Brazilian Kitchen, West Village
This West Village outpost is a cute neighborhood spot serving up some of the best Brazilian food in the city. All of their dishes are unique, including their signature pork Feijoada as well as Picanha and Moqueca Baiana. If you don’t choose to a delicious Cachaça cocktail at their curbside bar, opt for a space in their backyard patio where you relax in the sights and sounds of Brazil. See full menu here.
Where: 43 Carmine St
5. Rainhas Churrascaria, Corona
This family owned and operated Brazilian Steakhouse in Corona, Queens is one of our favorites that’s off the beaten path. Since 2012, this spot has been serving up some of the best food…including favorites of ours like grilled corn, BBQ ribs and skewered steaks. Their rodízio platters are the best bang for your buck, or you can go for all-you-can-eat options if you’re dining in. See full menu here.
Where: 108-01 Northern Blvd, Corona
6. New York Pão de Queijo, Astoria
For all of our Queens folks, you have to stop by New York Pão de Queijo in Astoria. Everything here is palatable, including their signature burgers like the X Calabresa (with Brazilian smoked sausage), as well as the brigadeiro (a Brazilian delicacy), and açaí bowls! Don’t forget about their Pao de Queijo Recheado either (cheese bread with filling)…it’s in their name for a reason! See full menu here.
Where: 31-90 30th St, Queens
7. Santo Brúklin, Carroll Gardens
Santo Brúklin is a casual Brazilian eatery in Brooklyn that takes their food very seriously! From their Feijoada Do Santo (Brazilian slow cooked black bean & pork stew) to their Hell Yeah! Pao De Queijo served with delectable calabresa nduja, every detail is on point here.
They also have lovely events and specials, like daily happy hours, build-your-own Brazilian empanadas on Wednesdays, and specialty Pao De Queijo sliders on Thursdays. See full menu here.
Where: 548 Court St, Brooklyn
8. Bar Goyana, East Harlem
Stop by this Brazilian cocktail bar that feels like you’re entering the world of São Paulo. Once you’re fully immersed into the Brazilian decor that lines its interior, you can properly order one of their delicious cocktails like The Goyana (aged cachaça, passion fruit and Baunilha do Cerrado) or El Barrio Tropical (spicy mango margarita).
Don’t forget about their Brazilian small plates either, like the Pão de Queijo stuffed with parmesan and Jalapeno, Chef’s Johan famous Crab Cakes, Feijoada, Bobo de Camarao, and so much more. See full menu here.
Where: 177 E 100th St
9. TAP NYC, Multiple Locations
TAP NYC is a 100% Gluten-free Brazilian eatery with multiple locations across NYC (with a just recently opened one in Astoria). Their gluten-free and nutritious is made authentically from Brazilian superfoods, with popular menu items being Açaí Bowls, Tapioca Sandwiches, Pão de Queijo, and more. See full menu here.
Where: Find your location here
10. Rice x Beans, Hell’s Kitchen
Of course the rice and beans are quality at this cozy spot in Hell’s Kitchen, but don’t forget about their other menu options either…which are watched under a careful eye of Chef Carlos Roberto Inácio. Inspired by his Minas Gerais region in Brazil, we suggest taste testing the Moqueca de Peixe (fish stew), Fraldinha Grelhada (grilled steak), or Feijoada (slow-cooked black bean casserole). See full menu here.
Where: 688 10th Ave