If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat by the window, it is the perfect spot to people watch and enjoy Brazilian music. A cozy restaurant on the charming Carmine, don’t leave Berimbau do Brasil NYC without trying the traditional Brazilian cheese bread and Caipirinha cocktails.
Passion Fruit Caipirinha: Brazil’s national cocktail prepared with cachaca, sugar and lime, almost resembles a mojito. The Passion Fruit Caipirinha was delicious and hit the spot on a hot summer day.
Brazilian Mojito: Resembles a classic mojito, on the stronger side, and well made. A favorite!
Pao de Queijo: Traditional Brazilian cheese bread. The bread arrived warm, cheesy and gooey on the inside. Incredible. A favorite!
Coxinha: Brazilian croquette filled with chicken and catupirly cheese. The croquettes melt in your mouth… creamy on the inside combined with a light salsa on the side. Delicious! A favorite!
Tuna Tartare: Fresh tuna, hearts of palm, diced mango, pepper, red onions, potato sticks in a soy reduction sauce. The tuna tartare was light and flavorful, but it could have tasted more fresh if it consisted of more citrus. A good healthy option.
Moqueca a Baiana: A traditional seafood stew consisting of mahi-mahi, shrimp and calamari in a coconut and palm oil broth served a side of rice and dende farofa. The fish stew arrived piping hot in a cast-iron pot. Although I loved the fish in this dish, it was extremely rich and heavy for my taste. All I was able to taste was butter.
Frango Com Quiabo: Organic chicken stew with okra and fresh herbs served with rice. The chicken and okra combination was unique and one that I haven’t ever tried before. Although the chicken was tender and effortlessly fell off the bone, this dish could have been slightly more flavorful.
Brigadeiro: Essentially these are Brazilian Chocolate Truffles prepared with condensed milk, butter and chocolate. Seriously, what’s not to love. Decadent, rich, and hit the spot. A favorite!
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Berimbau do Brasil
FAVORITES: Passion Fruit Caipirinha | Pao de Queijo | Coxinha | Brigadeiro
VERDICT: 4 / 5
If you’re looking to enjoy a good Brazilian meal in an unpretentious setting, head to Berimbau do Brasil NYC. It’s a great place to people watch, just make sure you request seating near the window. Be sure to try some of the popular Brazilian specialties such as Caipirinha, traditional cheese bread, croquettes and truffle chocolates. I hope to visit Brazil someday, but in the meantime it’s nice to enjoy traditional Brazilian cuisine at places such as Berimbau do Brasil.
Have you tried Brazilian food? What’s your favorite Brazilian dish