Brazil in NYC
by David Kaufman, 03/21/2012
Courtesy, Churrascaria Plataforma
316 W. 49th St., 212-245-0505, Midtown West, Manhattan
When it comes to sheer protein overload, no New York restaurant can compete with Churrascaria Plataforma, a 15-year-old eatery that gives the carnivorous Brazilian dining experience an updated twist. Plataforma is an all-you-can-eat affair, undertaken course by course, as smart-suited waiters parade around the elegant dining room bearing sizzling skewers of grilled chicken, sausages and steak (including premium picanha sirloin), along with plates of suckling pig and grilled fish. They also carry sides of vegetables and starches—french fries, rice, fried polenta, plantains and cassava among them. Each diner is given a two-sided coaster: green side up means "serve me"; red side means "enough." The restaurant's caipirinhas are perfectly blended with lime and cachaça rum, while its dessert cart groans with cakes, flans and mousses.