Queens – Astoria
33-18 28th Avenue at 34th St
Queens, NY 11103
Splashy murals, a touch of samba and the scent of cachaça spilling over limes set the stage for feasting Carioca-style at this low-key grill. While all the Brazilian accents are here--including creamy bobó de camarão and a serviceable moqueca--it"s the beef that lures the crowd. The costela Bam Bam, prime rib with a mammoth-sized hunk of tender meat, is top choice among churrasco-deprived expats. Brazil's signature steak, the grilled picanha, (top sirloin) also makes a fine appearance, served with classic farofa (fried yucca flour) and vinaigrette. There"s a particularly nice buzz Thursday through Saturday, when voice and violão (guitar) add old-school bossa nova to the scene.
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