Hi everyone. I'm more of a lurker on these boards, not feeling adventurous or dedicated enough to call myself a true chowhound. But I wanted to pass on a recommendation for what I consider a great Brasilian place - and I'm Brasilian, I should know. It's called Sabor Tropical, and it's at 30th avenue and 36th street.
I recommend going there on the weekends, because during the week, they serve the less typical (more common in the Interior) RED beans with your entree, whereas cariocas (coastals like me) are used to the singularly delicious black bean feijao. Also, try the pastels - puffy dough fried with cheese or meat inside. A favourite dish there is the picanha fatiada - sizzling steak. Warning, true Brasilian-food lovers: it's not ACTUALLY picanha, that sliver-sliced heaven you find at rodizios. It's just thinly-sliced steaks, fried with garlic. But it's delicious.
Another great dish is the beef stroganoff - creamy and spicy, served over fluffy white rice. For a chicken option, the chicken milanesa (breaded) never lets me down - not too dry, like a lot of milanesa can be.
Desserts, I must say, are a little disappointing, but have enough caipirinhas (which are EXCELLENT and made individually like you're supposed to) and you won't miss dessert.
Okay, that was a long post. I just wanted to let everyone know, if it hasn't already been said, that there's finally another good Brasilian contender (I was never too satisfied with the other recs) in this most diverse of neighborhoods.