My friend is in a line of work where he deals with businesses so often finds interesting places to eat. He has been raving about a new Brazilian takeout joint (with a few tables) and the woman (Katia) who owns it so last night we headed down there. It is at 48-19 Vernon Blvd, near the 7 train. Katia's family is in the coffee business in Brazil. She started with the coffeehouse (importing her own coffee) and recently opened a takeout/delivery joint next door (and then added a few tables.) The coffeehouse has a variety of coffee info and items around so seems kind of like a coffee museum. :)
We ate Churrasco, coxinhas (croquettes), pastels (empanada like), grilled vegetables, rice and beans. It was good...although I am not a Brazilian food expert. Order the meat a step under your normal doneness level (I ordered Medium instead of M-W). The cozinhas and pastels both have a creamy chicken misture which tastes like chicken pot pie and is very good. The grilled vegetables (which are served cold)had a nice herbed taste (oregano) and were very good. My friends ate scalloped potatoes...but that is't my thing so i didn't. I'll try collards and fried yuca next time.
There was a tasty (but not particularly hot) hotsauce, and some sort of onion relish like condiment for the steak. I prefer chimichurri...but then again...I would...and this isn't an Argie place.
We then went next door to the coffeehouse to hang out with Katia. My friends had cappuccinos and I had coffee. We had flan. They made the desserts there and have coconut flan, vanilla flan, passionfruit mousse, cheesecake, tiramisu, etc... The coffee is very good...and as with many latin coffees it was roasted for espresso and made to regular coffee strength. It had a nice bitterness and flavor. The flan was good...eggier than what I am used to (in a good way.)
We were treated really well...but my friend does know the owner. I'm sure she treats everyone well anyway. Such a sweetie. :) We even had a long convo with her about various cuisines since she is well traveled and likes to eat out.
They make feijoada, and chicken & okra Saturdays only so we didn't try it. We didn't try the rotisserie chicken, or sausages.
The churrasco special (2 sides) is $9.95. Coxinhas and pastels are $1.50.
Have any of you tried these two places? What do you think? If I lived closer I would frequent the coffee house , and get food delivered.
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