Brazil in NYC
by David Kaufman, 03/21/2012
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
232 Elizabeth St., 212-625-2340, NoLIta, Manhattan
With its prime downtown location and relaxed vibe, BarBossa marks a groovy marriage between NoLIta and São Paulo—with a little bit of Arab, Indian and British accents thrown in. More a café than formal restaurant or bar, this neighborhood haunt, perennially packed with a stylish, multi-culti crowd, is simply designed with sturdy wooden stools atop crisp black-and-white tile floors. The menu offers soups, salads and panini-style sandwiches, all with South American flair. Dishes vary by day and season but can include a basket of warm, chewy, classic pão de queijo (cheese bread), baked bacalhau (codfish) and a hearty steak salad with pico de gallo–spiced meat. There's a dense feijoada—Brazil's bean-filled national dish—and a creamy curry rich with chicken, mango and coconut. Show up any time for fruity shakes, indulgent coconut tapioca tarts and an all-day brunch with "skillets" featuring sausage, cheese or calamari.