Where to eat legit Brazilian food in Miami & NYC

By: Marianna Castro Friscia

If you thought the girl from Ipanema only ate kale and avocado toast you are soooo wrong. She made guys drool over her rockin’ body all while having rice and beans! Ok… we’re only half kidding.

September 7th is Brazil’s Independence Day and we’ve round up a list of our favorite brazuca hot spots between Miami and New York for you to check out. Bom apetite, gente!

Name of Restaurant: Berimbau do Brasil
Location: New York City
Address: 43 Carmine Street New York, New York 10014

Any homesick Brazilian living in New York will affirm to you that if you want mama’s cooking when mama is not around, Berimbau’s got you covered. This cozy, intimate spot in Greenwich Village is named after the main instrument played during capoeira and has become many Brazilians’ restaurant of choice in the city. From Filet Mignon Stroganoff, to Açaí bowls, to Moqueca a Baiana,  Berimbau has every touch of the Brasil Tropical and will leave you wanting for more and more.

Name of Restaurant:  Fogo de Chão
Location: Miami Beach
Address: 836 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Verde means keep it comin’! At this point, we’ve all been to a rodízio before right? In case you haven’t, it’s basically a meat fest (and we mean that literally). Your experience at a Brazilian steakhouse can be quite overwhelming—so here’s the trick: enjoy the salad bar and the basket of pão de queijo in moderation. You’ll want to save your appetite for some picanha, fraldinha, lombo, linguiça, coraçãozinho, just to name a few. Oh, and DO make sure you get Fogo de Chão’s Papaya Cream for dessert. Delícia!

Name of Restaurant: Boteco
Location: Miami
Address: 916 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

In Brazil, a boteco is your favorite bar around the corner. It’s where you go hang with friends; grab a drink with an old fling, or just have uma gelada (aka “a cold one”) to wrap up a busy day. This feel-good Miami spot offers a ton of petiscos for you to savor a little bit of everything. Some of our favs are: Calabresa Acebolada, Bolinho do Boteco, Pasteis and of course, Coxinhas! They also serve some delicious meat and fish skewers with a side of farofa. Make sure to check their schedule before heading over—they often have live music and even samba lessons. GET IT.

Name of Restaurant:  Miss Favela
Location: Brooklyn
Address: 57 S 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Ride like a Boss 😎

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Ok. Are you ready for Miss Favela? It’s only the greatest, most fun restaurant in Brooklyn. This place is an adventure, to say the least…the best kind! (If you don’t believe me, search it on Google) This tiny, magical spot right under the Williamsburg Bridge has been named one of Brooklyn’s gems and you MUST attend one of their Saturday afternoon parties. Make reservations (because they get jam-packed!), order a few pitchers of caipirinhas and get your samba on!

With the amount of drinking you’ll be doing, you’ll want to eat a hardy meal. While we’re fans on pretty much everything here, the Bife a Milanesa and Vegetariano dishes always hit the spot.

Name of Restaurant: Casa
Location: NYC
Address: 72 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

ice cold blond devassa with PF de peixe . almoco de sabadao light. #casarestaurant

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If a Brazilian music genre could be put into restaurant form, Bossa Nova would certainly be Casa. This romantic, cozy spot in the heart of West Village will make your heart warm and your tummy so so happy with all that it has to offer. Our top picks are The Brazilian National Dish Feijoada and Camarão na Moranga: pumpkin carved and served with its purée with shrimp, Brazilian catupiry, chayote and white rice. If you opt for a caipirinha, go for the passion fruit flavored one. If you skip the alcohol, try guaraná, Brazilian soda (order it with ice and a slice of orange in a glass, you’ll sound extra Brazilian).

Name of Restaurant:  Brigadeiro Bakery
Location: NYC
Address: 156 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

If you know anything about Brazilian culture, you probably know that a party without brigadeiros is simply not a party. Brigadeiro Bakery is a mandatory NYC stop if you’re into sweets. With over 17-flavors of the popular trufflelike treats, they also serve decadent cakes (try the Brazilian carrot cake), cookies, coffee and more! The two owners are lovely and both named Mariana. What’s not to love, right?