Brazilian Steakhouses in North Plainfield


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The layout of Rio Rodizio is telling: with a candlelit dining area in one section and a long bar lined with flat screens in another, it's as much a place to take a date for a romantic meal as it is a spot to grab a drink after work. In the dining room, gaucho chefs carve cuts of lamb, beef, and pork right at the table, forcing diners to clear plate space next to seared fish, homemade pastas, and sushi rolls drizzled in flavorful sauce. Like a home that's been decorated by robbing a furniture store in the dark, the cocktail menu is a fusion of tastes, its Asian and Brazilian proclivities represented by sangrias, tropical juices, and sake.

2185 US Highway 22 W
Union,
NJ
US

Seafood stew and skewered meats are served fresh from the grill at Delicious De Minas Restaurant, a Brazilian spot that will not disappoint. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on Delicious De Minas Restaurant's menu that can cater to your needs. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Delicious De Minas Restaurant. For comfortable outdoor service, Delicious De Minas Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Delicious De Minas Restaurant, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Free wireless internet is also available at Delicious De Minas Restaurant, so bring your tablet or laptop along.

Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive. No need to put on airs for a trip to Delicious De Minas Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Delicious De Minas Restaurant for their catering services.

Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Delicious De Minas Restaurant's McWhorter St residence.

Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Delicious De Minas Restaurant running under $30 per person.

168 McWhorter St
Newark,
NJ
US

Meat-eaters flock to Altas Horas Lanches, where authentic Brazilian fare is tastefully prepared. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Altas Horas Lanches, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Altas Horas Lanches with its kid-approved food and ambience. Al fresco eating options are also available at Altas Horas Lanches, which offers a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.

Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Altas Horas Lanches is ultra casual.

A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.

With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Altas Horas Lanches. Head on over to Altas Horas Lanches first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Altas Horas Lanches is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nigh owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.

266 Ferry St
Newark,
NJ
US

Though it's steps down from street level, the dining room at Circus Restaurante maintains a sunny air. Perhaps it's the circus-themed art, the lemon yellow seats, the bossa nova floating through the room that give the space its warm and tropical feel. No matter, because drifting from the kitchen are the scents of garlic and herbs, coconut and lime?all signs that delicious Brazilian cuisine is on its way. Shortly after opening, the New York Times claimed, "Circus serves the food your mother might cook if you were raised in Sao Paulo or Bahia."

The Food

Here are some classic Brazilian dishes to which Circus's kitchen gives a nouvelle cuisine touch.

  • Muqueca: a bold and spicy stew from northeastern Brazil, made with jumbo shrimp, coconut milk, tomato, and lemongrass
  • Frango: chicken roasted till it's crisp, covered in herbs and garlic, and served over rice with a bright vinaigrette
  • Picadinho: hand-chopped beef stew made with rice, beans, and bananas and topped with an egg; traditionally a late-night meal
  • Feijoada: known as Brazil's national dish, it's a melange of lean beef, pork, and sausage cooked into a stew with black beans and served with rice and greens
132 E 61st St Frnt 1
New York,
NY
US

New York City is a long way from the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil, and the wait staff at Churrascaria Tribeca certainly don’t live the rough-and-tumble lives of gauchos—Brazilian ranchers who gathered around wood-burning fires after hard days’ work to slow cook prime meats. But don’t let these discrepancies fool you. Hunks of bare prime meat are still slow cooked above wood fires at this Brazilian steak house, a faithful nod to the gauchos of days past. And the waiters still carry knives in their belts, which they unsheathe at diners’ requests—via the flip of a colored coaster—to shave off perfectly tender cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Every day, amid a parade of skewered meats, waiters march out a specialty dish, such as a roasted suckling pig towed by cart from table to table. To enjoy this spectacular parade of slow-cooked meats, it’s best to have a ravenous appetite—which is trickier than it may first seem. Each meal begins with unlimited visits to the banquet-style buffet and salad bar, where a veritable garden’s worth of vegetables, salads, and seasonal casseroles await. During meals, waiters continuously replenish sides such as fried plantains, mashed potatoes, and cheese bread, and every meal ends with the appearance of a dessert cart full of sweet and decadent treats made in-house.

221 W Broadway
New York,
NY
US

There’s no questioning Berimbau chef Carlos Inacio’s intimate connection to the cuisine of Brazil when you scan his menu, a focused collection of dishes rich with traditional ingredients such as calabresa sausage, yucca, and seafood. He hails from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, an area known for its “stellar cuisine,” according to New York magazine, which also lauded Berimbau as a “pioneer” among NYC Brazilian restaurants. Berimbau is far from a common rodízio steakhouse, although there’s no lack of pork or steak on the menu. But instead of all-you-can-eat feasts, patrons select elegant presentations of distinctive dishes, such as fraldinha, grilled skirt steak served with yucca purée, sautéed collard greens, and creamy hearts-of-palm sauce. Chef Carlos continues to position his homeland’s food in a fresh, colorful context through dishes such as risotto with asparagus, sautéed shrimp, and cilantro butter. Berimbau’s wine list has been curated with pairing in mind, and the white, sparkling, and red wines—categorized as either Old World or New World—add grace notes that perfectly emphasize the potpourri of Brazilian flavors. But the beverages of choice here are the caipirinhas—Brazilian cocktails that can be mixed with passionfruit, strawberry, coconut, mango, or lime.

43 Carmine St
New York,
NY
US