Brazil in NYC
by David Kaufman, 03/21/2012
200 Varick St., 212-243-4940, SoHo, Manhattan
After nearly three decades hosting the world's top pop, soul and samba acts, S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil) is still going strong. Having welcomed a literal Who's Who of artists, from Kanye West to Fela Kuti, CeeLo and Celia Cruz, the club lures partygoers with its rotating roster of themed evenings, bossa nova brunches and happy hour happenings. As much a space for dining as dancing, S.O.B.'s kitchen is, unsurprisingly, Latino focused—turning out expertly pressed Cuban sandwiches for lunch, fish tacos for dinner and a crab-stuffed Recife-style frittata come brunch. Wash it all down with pitchers of sangria, chilled caipirinhas and minty, rum-filled mojitos. As for the music, S.O.B.'s features a variety of styles, from the South Asian sounds of Basement Bhangra and the African-focused Global Jam series to regular hip-hop sessions.