Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

GALERIA, 43 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street), Lower East Side

If you like your trendy rice bowl so much, you can even take it home with you. Because in addition to the food, the bowls are also for sale at Galeria. This light breezy Brazilian café moonlights as an art gallery and a showroom. It’s very funky and artsy with an interesting menu.

Just as IKEA serves Swedish meatballs for obvious reasons, Galeria concentrates on Brazilian food. I’ve been intrigued by their tapioca sandwiches and wowed by their brigadeiro chocolate truffles. But what’s really made an impression on me here is their acaí bowl.I came in one afternoon when the weather was unseasonably warm and I wanted something cold to cool me down. I learned that if anyone knows how to do the now-ubiquitous acaí bowl, it’s the Brazilians.

Acaí Bowl at GALERIA

And this one was probably the best I’ve ever had. The superberry is pureed and frozen to the consistency of icy chocolate batter. It’s not quite as sweet as that implies, but it has a brightness and richness that is more than satisfying. It automatically comes topped with banana slices, granola, and lots of shaved coconut. An array of toppings from brazil nuts to almond butter are available for $1 extra.

It’s a refreshing and healthy little snack that is surprisingly filling. Now that I’ve tried this dish, it’s hard for me to order anything else on the days I need a bit of energy for my nearby Craft Cocktail tour.

That being said, as the weather gets colder, I’ll be sure to try some of Galeria’s intriquing warm bowls with things like smoked trout and duck leg. And if it’s as good as the acaí, I might just buy the entire restaurant. Price: $8/$14/$20

GALERIA
43 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Stanton Street),
Lower East Side
(917) 675-6887
galerianyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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