Celebrate the Olympics with Brazilian Eats

Celebrate the Olympics with Brazilian Eats

The Summer Olympics are here! Well, not here in NYC—the 2016 Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—rather “here” as in on our televisions or streaming devices from Aug. 5-21.

To celebrate the country that is hosting the games, here are six restaurants for great Brazilian food—and one American restaurant that is showing its Olympic spirit by offering Brazilian dishes and some big screen televisions on which to watch the games.

Acarajé de Orixá from SushiSamba (©Sacha Bell/Lion & Lamb)

SushiSamba: Watch the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as select games, at this Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion restaurant. During Sambahour (Su-F, 4 pm-7m & 11 pm-close) at the bar and in the lounge, enjoy an Olympics menu featuring $6 snacks and $7 cocktails. Try the kiwi caipirinha, a twist on the national drink of Brazil made with muddled kiwi, cachaça and churned with lime and sugar. For the full menu, click here.

Fogo de Chão: This Brazilian steakhouse features tableside service of signature cuts of meat that are prepared, fire-roasted and served by gaucho chefs. I’ve been to the Minneapolis location and can attest to how ridiculously tasty the food is. In addition to the meats, there is a Market Table and feijoada bar that offers a generous variety of fresh salads, cheeses, cured meats and more. Feijoada is a meat stew made with beans, beef and pork and is an essential dish in Brazilian cuisine.

Brazil Brazil: A more recent addition to Restaurant Row, Brazil Brazil features exotic steaks and seafood in an atmosphere that aims to make your dining experience relaxing and fun. The menu features pastas, vegetarian options, a variety of grilled meats and Brazilian specialties such as camarão no coco (sautéed shrimps with mushrooms, herbs and coconut milk served in a fresh coconut shell) and paelha (shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams and white fish over saffron rice).

(Courtesy of Fogo de Chão)

Rice ‘n Beans: This hole-in-the-wall Brazilian restaurant that seats 19 fuses fresh traditional cuisine with those of Africa and Portugal. The menu includes feijoada, Brazilian style pork chops, sweet plantains, various seafood dishes and more.

Ipanema Restaurant: Located in the heart of Little Brazil and named for the famous beach in Rio, Ipanema Restaurant’s menu provides guests Brazilian-Portuguese taste sensations. Dishes include paelha nega (squid ink paelha with shrimp, octopus and squid), robalo grehado (broiled Portuguese sea bass lightly seasoned with rock salt) and churrasco Ipanema (aged angus steak topped with shrimp, lump crab meat and melted cheese).

Churrascaria Plataforma: At this Brazilian steakhouse, flavorful meats—mostly grilled—are served tableside. Also available to guests is a gourmet salad bar that features various Brazilian casseroles and other traditional dishes, fresh salads and more that are sure to please vegetarians and omnivores alike. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Churrascaria Plataforma has feijoada available. 

Rio cocktail (Courtesy The Lambs Club)

The Lambs Club: Though an American restaurant, The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel is paying homage to the home of this year’s Summer Games by offering a special bar menu of Brazilian-inspired from Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The menu features snacks (including aipim frito—yuka fries), desserts (papaya sorbet and a Brazilian cookie platter) and cocktails (such as the Rio—made with veev açai, aged rum, mango purée, passion fruit purée and lime). Guests can watch the Olympics on big-screen televisions in The Lambs Club Bar starting Friday, Aug. 5. There will also be live music from Brazilian DJs, as well as Bossa Nova, playing on rotation. This special menu and is offered through Aug. 21, excluding Sundays. (M-Sa, 11:30 am-11 pm)

For additional information about locations, hours of operation and menus, please consult each restaurant’s website. The 2016 Olympic Games will be televised on NBC and its affiliate stations. For a complete schedule of livestream and televised events, visit NBC’s Olympics website by clicking here

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