NYC Brazilian Restaurants
by Julie Besonen
Assorted mini tarts at Rio Bonito Supermercado. Photo: Alexander Thompson
Rio Bonito Supermercado
32-15 36th Ave., 718-706-7272, Astoria, Queens
Cheap-date and family-on-a-budget alert: the café at Rio Bonito has real deals, such as grilled chicken breast, rice, beans and vegetables for $5.99. Other low-priced Brazilian goodies include ready-made, delicious mini tarts filled with creamed hearts of palm or chicken. Browned bacalhau croquettes are also great for snacking. A steam table offers bins of feijoada, french fries and collard greens to be heaped on a plate. It's a simple, seat-yourself affair, populated by Portuguese speakers that suggest Astoria is the heart of Brazilian life in NYC. This supermarket feels so authentic—the aisles stocked with Brazilian coffee, soap and shampoo, all manner of coconut drinks and frozen bags of the country's signature cheese buns—it could be in the center of Rio.