Shabby-chic paintings of big-top scenes lend a funky flea-market ambience to this Brazilian bungalow, where diners are greeted with the tantalizing aromas of yuca fries and fresh-baked bread. Take your cues from the enthusiastic waiters, who justly recommend frango a passarinho (crisp boneless chicken chunks coated with fresh herbs and garlic over rice) and moqueca de camarão (a robust, spicy shrimp stew). These comforting dishes, combined with the soft bossa nova music spilling from the speakers, will leave you feeling grand.
132 E 61st St
|Cross street:||between Park and Lexington Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon noon–10:30pm; Tue–Thu noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun 5–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|