Ate at Casa last night (Commerce and Bedford) with 2 girlfriends and had a fanTAStic experience...
My friend had picked it for a girls-night-out dinner after eating brunch there last weekend. Apparently they have to-die-for hot chocolate and excellent french toast - she was so impressed with the experience she brought us there last night and dinner was every bit as good as their breakfast, apparently.
It's a little Brazilian place at a very quaint intersection in the Village. Probably only seats about 30 and has a small bar that seats 4 or 5.
We didn't drink last night but their wine list looked fairly interesting and moderately priced; they also had an assortment of caipairinhas and fresh-squeezed juices. My friend had 2 limonades, she liked them so much. I couldn't decide what to get, so the waitress brought me a sample of their cashew juice (made from the fruit of the cashew-nut plant)... it was unlike any juice I've ever had - very mild, very good. I ordered one after I tried it.
For dinner I had tilapia with onions, potatoes and olives - it was fantastic. A perfect piece of fish. One friend had a grilled steak served with rice, beans, fries, veggies, and a spice mixture that included tarro flower and bacon - she ate everything. My other friend (a vegetarian) had the vegetarian plate which included rice, beans, a fried plantain and her choice of 2 vegetables. She picked the collard greens and the chayote, a vegetable which apparently has no english translation. She loved everything as well - and the chayote was excellent!
We left full but not stuffed, and very happy with the entire experience. The dining room, tho small, was not loud - the tables were intimate and the whole restaurant is candlelit.
The service, btw, was some of the best I've had in the city. They were willing to give samples, the waitress is really Brazilian and helped us both with pronounciations and recommendations, and we had a steady stream of nice servers bringing our drinks/food, clearing plates, checking on us.
Overall a fantastic night. I can't wait to go back.
PS - I had the ginger ice cream later that night at the Angelika theater - wow. yum-my.
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