This is my opinion. Please don't flame me.
I have heard this place mentioned here b4.
Wednesday Girassol provided the food for Brazilian movie night at Socrates Sculpture Garden. The food was good...although the meat was cold even when they first arroived. So, I figured I'd try the place and see how it compares to Malagueta (even though they are different kinds of Brazilian restaurants.) We went Sunday night.
Malagueta, hands down. Plus, at Girassol we had a group of five so were seated at the round tabel in the wondow. It wobbled (a lot.) All the brazilian newspapers were under one of the seats. The plants blocked another seat. My friend at yet another seta had a tree leaf in his hair the whole time.
My friend's rodizio was extra well doen instead of medium. He gnawed on the sausage b4 giving it up for dead. The beans and rice and collards were good, probably a little better than Malgueta. The top round steak was good but not great (and was medium well instead of medium.) The passionfruit mousse is better at Malagueta. I do beleive that restaurants specializing in meat should be able to cook it to the proper doneness.
The waitress was nice .The server didn't speak English so could tell him what cuts the meat are (ok, thats forgivable). I'd average the service out and say both restaurants tie.
I understand why people like Girassol. Its inexpensive and has an authentic kinda feel. I prefer Malagueta. Hmmmm....getting a craving for red snapper in shrimp sauce.