Ever since a national period of austerity in the 1960s, Brazilians have streamed into New York City. The well-off congregated around 46th Street, which became known as Little Brazil, while the working class types settled in Astoria and in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. Artists and musicians flooded the East Village, where coffee shops like Abraço still represent their presence.
Most of the Brazilian restaurants found in NYC today cater to the homey comfort foods that immigrants are prone to miss the most — feijoada (the national bean stew), smokey churrasco, creamy beef stroganoff — though that’s soon about to change. Many, if not all, have a selection of appetizers centered on salgadinhos, nostalgic savory snacks like the chicken and cheese croquettes traditionally found in bakeries or children’s birthday parties in Brazil.
From steakhouses fit for celebrations to creative bakeries dishing out Americanized renditions of pão de quejio (cheesy tapioca bread), here are 15 Brazilian restaurants to try in NYC.Read More