From Our Editors
Bright yellow sunflowers in the window greet arrivals to WoodSpoon, a welcoming touch that reflects the homespun feel of this Brazilian gem in downtown's Fashion District. The white walls and high ceilings are softened by funky art on the walls, benches with colorful cushions and mismatched thrift-store tableware. The cloth napkins set out at dinner are culled from fabric stores in the area. Chef and co-owner Natalia Pereira learned her kitchen tricks from her mother, and the rustic Brazilian fare has a just-like-mom-makes simplicity. Favorites include the pork burger with roasted cabbage and the Brazilian chicken pot pie stuffed with hearts of palm, olives and roasted corn. Grill plates (choice of beef, chicken, fish, vegetables and more) provide a sampler of regional sides, including rice, black beans, collard greens, plantains and salsa. Cinnamon-infused water is served to all; fresh coconut water or Brazilian sangria make for quenching tropical accompaniments.