NYC Brazilian Restaurants
by Julie Besonen
(From left) Bar Bossa • Pao de Queijo at Beco, photos by Joe Buglewicz
Brazilian tourism has skyrocketed in New York City, propelled by their country's strong economy, and NYC has responded eagerly—just see our "Brazil in NYC" slideshow for proof. Macy's even dedicated its annual Flower Show to the flora of the South American nation and will launch a spring initiative called "Brasil: A Magical Journey" on May 15. The department store will offer collections by South American designers, including Brazilian native and Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa; a portion of the proceeds will go to preserving the Amazon rain forest.
Meanwhile, tourists who are craving a taste of home—and locals who are curious to explore the cuisine of Brazil—should head to the all-you-can-eat grilled-meat parade at Churrascaria Plataforma or to the restaurants that make up Little Brazil on West 46th Street, a short walk from Broadway theaters and Times Square. SushiSamba is another spirited option, serving a fusion of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian creations—a reflection of the country's diverse cultures. Want even more? Astoria, Queens, is a beacon for Brazilian immigrants, offering street-food favorites and a could-be-in-Rio grocery and café.