The New York City Theatre District offers many dining options but eating at a Churrascaria is an “experience” to say the least. A Churrascaria (roughly translated) is a place to taste your way through every known possible type of meat on earth that has been barbecued in a Portuguese-style before (either) exploding or falling into a food coma. Each diner is given a double-sided card that is green on one side and red on the other. Green means, ‘where’s the beef?’ and red means, ‘give me a minute while I loosen my belt.’ (Again, those a rough translations.) I felt like I was at war! The parade of meat included; sausages and hunks of succulent chicken, ribeye steak, prime rib, rib meat and Parmesan-crusted pork loin. There was garlic steak and lamb too plus sides of fried banana, polenta sticks, creamy fried patatas, and a toasted cornmeal and nut mixture to sample. An exquisite double-sided salad bar adorned the middle of the dining room that even had Parmesan reggiano and Jarlsburg wheels that were hollowed out so chunks of each could selected and drizzled with honey. (One of my favorite options since it complimented the crispy, tender rib meat.) We nibbled a little of each salad option from the quinoa to the barley and the potato to the shredded chicken. If you can imagine the “experience” being intensified, all these delights were washed down with Brazil’s national drink called a caipirinha, made table side. We opted out of the dessert cart choices or I don’t think we would have survived. We capped our evening with champagne cocktails and an incredible view of New York City. We had quite a time in the square!
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