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Berimbau, named after a Brazilian percussion instrument, is a tiny restaurant in Greenwich Village. Specializing in Brazilian cuisine, it tops the list of Brazilian restaurants in the city due to the authenticity of the flavors and the fine texture of the food. Start with the Pao de Queijo or cheese bread and follow up with Costelinha de Porco com Feijao Tropeiro (roasted pork ribs with barbecue sauce and white rice). On weekends one can try the full Brazilian Breakfast or Acai na Tigela com Granola (Acai fruit with granola) to have a healthy start to the day. The drinks must not be missed for they are unsurpassed in New York. The Caipiranha, mojito and wines can be relished at leisure in the bar.
This brick-and-mortar establishment is home to Maria Piedad Cano’s Columbian corn cakes and other delectable creations. What began with the arepa lady plying her home-cooked meals on the streets, soon took the form of a thriving Columbian eatery at Queens. Here diners must savor the soft and sweet arepa de queso and the corn-flavored arepa de choclo. In addition to the flavorful, authentic meals, this pleasant restaurant offers a cozy space for families, groups and couples alike. When in Queens, near 37th Avenue, do head to Arepa Lady for a delightful Columbian meal.
Housed in a massive but simple space, the Brazilian Churrascaria Plataforma is a meat lover's paradise, with spectacular varieties carved up at your table by circling waiters. There is a huge salad bar, but most people come here primarily for the main courses. The real party begins when servers arrive with all sorts of skewered meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat), and patrons pick what they like. The desserts and sides are excellent as well.
Favela Cubana is an inexpensive and lively restaurant specializing in traditional Brazilian and Cuban cuisine. Located between SoHo and The West Village, Favela Cubana serves appetizing delicacies such as Frango Impanema (half rotisserie chicken with Brazilian passion fruit) and Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice). Sip a fresh Perro Loco (grapefruit tarragon infused vodka) at the restaurants fully stocked bar while enjoying live music and dancing.
Coppelia is a 24-hour diner restaurant which specializes in Cuban and South American food. Their all day breakfast menu is a hit with all the late night partiers who visit after their revelry ends to satiate their hunger. The Coppelia omelet and breakfast burrito are some of their famous breakfast dishes, while the rest of their menu consists of more delicious, hearty food. Coppelia has got a soothing atmosphere with live music every Friday and Saturday. They also have a huge bar which is has an emphasis on Latin spirits like tequila and mezcal with a few twists. Coppelia will just soothe you with their amazing food and bigheartedness.
Located on the MacDougal Street in NoHo, Comodo is a haven for connoisseurs of the Latin American cuisine. The rich menu here comprises traditional recipes from Brazil, Mexico and Central America. Replete with exposed brick walls and candlelit tables, the ambiance is ideal for a romantic dinner date. While all of the flavorful creations are a hit with the patrons, the Braised Lamb Leg Xim Xim and the Whole Brook Trout are particularly lauded by diners. No matter the meals you order, do end them with a hearty helping of Brigadeiro.
This is one place that has it all. The ambiance is lively, friendly and fun, even on a Monday night. The food here is really good and all at great prices; the must tries being the bacalao empanada, chicken empanada and the white arepa. The staff here is extremely warm and helpful. Do try the cocktails and enjoy the happy hours. A cool place to be at. Call ahead or check out their website for more details.
Located in Greenwich Village, this restaurant serves Latin, Spanish and of course, Cuban cuisine. The brick walls and wooden decor give you a rustic, warm feeling that may remind you of Old Havana. Some of the dishes include Chuletas de Puerco, Paella Valenciana and of course, Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice). To add some sabor to your dining experience, the restaurant has an on-site cigar roller in which you may purchase a stogie after your meal. Live music is performed on certain nights and you can rent the restaurant to organize events since there are three private spaces available.
Recipes from all over Latin America form a delectable menu in this Nuevo Latino restaurant. Bright and colorful, although a bit noisy, this hotspot features a festive design and atmosphere. The menu includes a choice of exciting Latin cocktails. Appetizers are from Cuba, Costa Rica and South America, and the Gallitos platter gives you a good sampling of everything. Entrees range from Argentinean steaks to South American snapper. Exciting desserts and coffees complete the meal.
Pio Pio (chicken chicken!) specializes in earthy, rustic Peruvian food, served in a setting that manages to be chic and down-to-earth. The ceviche is tangy and fresh, as are the salads - but people mainly come here for the chicken, which is especially flavorful. Be sure to check out the cocktail list - Pio Pio serves a mean pisco sour.
Although the interiors display understated elegance with candle-lit dinner tables, linens and paintings, the ambiance is energetic with loud live music and a crowded bar. The 85-seater restaurant serves traditional Cuban cuisine as well as other Latin specialties. The bar with its collection of assorted wines and liquors is one of the main attractions. Tuesdays are Bolero nights and till Sunday live acts are performed. Check website for details.
Located across the street from Tompkins Square Park, Yuca Bar is a superb pan-Latin restaurant. The bar offers a happy-hour everyday and it's a great place for a drink after a day hanging out in the park. Take a seat by the window and people watch while you drink handcrafted cocktails, wines or Sangria. If you are here to eat exclusively, the menu features dishes from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere in the Spanish speaking world.