Cuisine Type: Brazilian-American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Feijoada
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Samba Cafe's owner Paulo champions the regional dishes of Southeast Brazil. The crown jewel of the menu is the "National Brazilian Dish," Feijoada. Though the stew started its life as a Portuguese import, the Brazilian version took on a life of its own. Samba Cafe's take on the dish incorporates black beans and a trio of meats—pork, beef, and sausage—and tops it off with sautéed garlic collard greens, an orange slice, and farofa. "[Customers] are always surprised by the flavors," he says. In addition to other Brazilian specialties, including the Farofa da Serra—scrambled eggs, bananas, and spices—the restaurant also serves up a handful of American favorites, including wraps, panini, and burritos.
Eat Like a Brazilian Cowboy
The history of Espada Brazilian Steak's churrascaria cuisine stretches back centuries, to the gauchos of southern Brazil. After a long day of saying "Get along, little doggies" in Portuguese, these cattle-herding cowboys would skewer choice cuts of beef and roast them over an open fire. Here, diners experience a luxurious version of the gauchos' rugged cooking style, relaxing with caipirinhas and other drinks as chefs present them with the succulent grilled meats.
Know Your Cut
First-timers may not recognize certain churrascaria meats. Here's a quick rundown:
A Fusion of Old and New
A churrascaria menu isn't the only thing that ties Espada Brazilian Steak to Brazil; guests literally touch a piece of South America while sitting in chairs made with wood reclaimed from an old Brazilian ship. But while much of the decor at Espada Brazilian Steak is traditional, the restaurant's deeper infrastructure couldn't be more modern: it runs entirely on renewable solar, wind, and hydro energy.
Members of the Grinnell family have been preparing enticing American entrees and savory seafood dishes at their eponymous eatery for fifty years. Diners can prime palates with starters such as tender artichoke hearts sautéed in a light egg batter ($8.95) or light entrées such as the broiled chicken-breast salad festooned with black olives and a hard-boiled egg ($13.95). Those with heartier appetites can dive into freshly plucked fruits of the sea including broiled scallops ($19.95) and Australian lobster tails sporting light jackets of paprika butter (market price). On weekends, Grinnell’s serves up 12 juicy ounces of certified-Angus prime rib ($22.95), and Tuesdays showcase tender calf’s liver garnished with onions or bacon strips ($17.25). Linen tablecloths, flickering candlelight, and top-hatted ficus trees add a subtle elegance to the restaurant's array of artfully plated dishes.
The dining possibilities are practically limitless at Ridgeview Family Restaurant, thanks to its huge menu of American diner classics. Stop in for breakfast and you'll be greeted with eggs cooked a few different ways—fried into omelets, scrambled next to steak, and poached into eggs benedict. The choices continue throughout the day with dozens of sandwich offerings at lunch and hefty seafood, steak, and Greek-inspired dinners. To top it all off, Ridgeview Family Restaurant keeps its display cases full of sweet cakes and pies. The restaurant offers New York State Lottery games as well.
For nearly 30 years, Keenan's Restaurant has been proving that fine dining doesn't have to be separate from casual dining, serving unique and creative meals in a laid-back atmosphere. It has also maintained a commitment to the community, relying on local vendors such as bakeries, fish markets, and microbreweries to supply the restaurant with fresh ingredients and craft beers. Each Friday, Keenan's hosts its popular fish fry, but throughout the week guests can rely on tasty selections such as seafood bisque, signature burgers, French-inspired entrees, and other seafood and pub favorites.