NYC Restaurants

Emporium Brasil
15 West 46th Street
New York, NY, 10036
(212) 764-4646

Cuisine: Brazilian , South American

Menu:   View the Menu

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Never, Never, Never on a Sunday was playing as we made our way out of Emporium Brasil on West 46th Street.  A large group was outside feasting on steaks while taking in the night air.  And after a couple of very strong caipirinhas, a traditional Brazilian drink, I was, shall I say, feeling very happy.  Afterall, work was over, I had a few days off and had just completed a very nice meal.

We had scouted out this spot after touring what little is left of Little Brazil (Ipanema is right next door). The space itself is a bit dated.  The noise level on the loud side, especially near the bar.  Yet Emporium Brasil still manages to have a very nice vibe.  It is the kind of place where you can come with a large group of friends or just kick back and relax.

We started with some crisp, lightly-coated rings of calamari, and a stew made with bits of chicken, sausage and fried shrimp. The sauce, rich in oregano, is worth dipping a slice of bread into.  The empanadas also make for a good choice.  But this really isn't the place to come to for appetizers.  It is the place if you are hungering for a nice slab of beef.

Beef ribs, or I should say rib, looks like something out of a Flintstones episodes; a huge chunk of meat still clinging to the bone.  It was perfectly rare in the center with just the right amount of char around the edges.  Our waiter sliced it tableside and it could easily feed two people.  We had plenty left over for a doggy bag.  We also ordered the house special "Picanha Na Grellha;" three wonderfully marinated strips of sirloin steak which arrived on a sizzling plate. It's served with rice and black beans, and a mixture of yucca flour and egg that is added to the mix (I'm still trying to decide if I am a fan or not).  We also tried the Churrasco Gaucho, a grilled t-Bone smothered in crushed garlic.  Out of the three, I would say this one was my least favorite.

Still nursing my caipirinha, we moved onto dessert.  A passion fruit mouse was light and tangy, but the real star is the Brazilian flan which is to be savored to the very last bite.  Prices here are a bit steep.   Dinner for three with tip topping out at more than $200 (A 15% gratuity is included in the bill, so be careful not to double tip). 

I would return to Emporium Brasil, especially if you are in the mood for a nice steak and a stiff drink!

Review By: Thomas Rafael

Neighborhood: West 40s

Catering: Yes

Payment: Accepts Credit Cards

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