NYC Brazilian Restaurants
by Julie Besonen
Feijoada at Casa. Photo: Alexander Thompson
72 Bedford St., 212-366-9410, West Village, Manhattan
Looking for a hassle-free West Village bistro on a cute street? Casa is an uplifting sight, a windowed corner spot that doesn't involve any elbowing to get a seat. The tiny tables, set with lace-edged place mats, foster intimacy. Brazilian favorites are all here, including feijoada (deconstructed black bean and meat stew with fixings of collard greens, orange slices and farofa); Bahia-style organic chicken and shrimp stew; and fried fish with rice, beans and fried bananas. Brazilian wine has been gaining international respect in recent years, and there are fine examples to be sampled here made from chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon grapes. If slipping in for a glass of wine is all you want, there's a snug little bar to accommodate that thirst.