Manhattan – West Village
43 Carmine St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts
Manhattan, NY 10014
There"s plenty to like at this Brazilian eatery--just not the food. The space is inviting and the service gracious, but few of the dishes we tried measured up to the atmosphere. An entrée of duck breast marinated with cachaça and lime was overcooked, and its accompanying brown sauce was thin and harsh. Worse was the coconut-milk-based seafood stew, full of fishy mussels, wan scallops, shrimp and fish. Desserts, including a dense caramel flan, were better, but not enough to compensate for the prior missteps. The setting may be pleasant, but in the end that can"t save mediocre cooking.
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