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Dinner at Malagueta (Astoria Brazilian)

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Dinner at Malagueta (Astoria Brazilian)

Andy | Nov 7, 2001 10:06 AM

Prompted by Jim's enthusiastic review, my Brazilian girlfriend and I went to Malagueta last night (25-25 36th Avenue, Astoria, at 28th Street). It's an attractive, clean, and inviting place, and overall it was a very good dining experience. At first Isabel was a little disappointed that the menu did not seem particularly Brazilian, and the waiter confirmed that the management had decided to tilt toward the non-Brazilians who account for 80% of their business. On the other hand the cooking was excellent. We shared an unprepossessing but fresh palmito and mesclun salad, and the appetizer of linguica sausage with yucca frites and a spicy mayonnaise. Isabel says the yucca frites were as good as any she's had in Brazil, better than she's had anywhere outside. Her entree was a beef stew served with rice and black beans, and I had the pan-fried chicken special with capers and olives, served with mashed potatoes. Both very good although salty, which is common for Brazilian palates I'm told. For dessert an excellent flan. Total cost with a couple glasses of wine was $64, including tip. In short, I (we) highly recommend Malagueta!

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