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Blame It on Rio

From rodizio to hearts-of-palm pizza, New York suddenly seems beset by all things Brazilian.

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  1. 1. Buzina Pop

    1022A Lexington Ave., at 73rd St. 212-879-6190

    A global take on indigenous ingredients yields tuna tartare with cachaça-molasses reduction, and hearts-of-palm “capellini.”

  2. 2. Carne Vale

    46 Ave. B, nr. 4th St. 212-777-4686

    For $35, dine on a dozen salads (from a rotating selection of 150) and as much grilled meat as your cardiologist deems acceptable.

  3. 3. Porcão

    360 Park Ave. S., at 26th St.; 212-252-7080

    The New York outpost of a Brazilian chain follows the all-the-meat-you-can-eat rodizio formula ($50.90 prix fixe), down to the roving caipirinha cart.

  4. 4. Piola

    48 E. 12th St., nr. Broadway; 212-777-7781

    Not Brazilian per se, but lots of the toppings taste that way (Catupiry cheese, hearts of palm). Plus the best caipirinha you’ll find in a pizza parlor.

  5. 5. Café Brazil

    117 Sixth Ave., nr. Broome St.; 212-941-9030

    This odd-shaped wedge of a quick-order kitchen isn’t so quick. Prepare to wait for bulky, bizarre grilled-chicken sandwiches or a daily special like feijoada.

  6. 6. SushiSamba

    See sushisamba.com for locations

    During the World Cup, beginning June 13, these Japanese– South American spots will serve a special menu concocted by Brazilian celebrity chef Carla Pernambuco.


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