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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. (more…)


Once again Time Out New York released their Top 100 Dishes of the year and once again, I’m going to eat my way through every one. And no price point or subway delay will stop me. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100.

Is the National Dish of Brazil only eaten on Saturdays? Every restaurant I’ve ever seen it available at only has it on their menu on Saturdays. Before I came to Favela (which is located conveniently down the street from my apartment), I had previously eaten at Malagueta and the now closed Sabor Tropical – two Brazilian restaurants in Astoria and both advertised the feijoada on Saturdays only. And after doing some googling, most other Brazilian restaurants follow the same schedule.

I imagine the dish is very labor intensive, but why Saturdays? I would think you’d want to do all that work earlier in the week. But maybe it’s because the weekend is the best time to stuff yourself silly. And this dish will do just that.

Feijoada is a stew of black beans and as much salty meat as you can possibly fit in a pot. And it’s traditionally served with lots of rice, chopped collard greens, toasted farofa (cassava) flour, and sliced oranges. At least that’s what it says on Wikipedia. And since Favela served it exactly as described, they’ve either done their internet research or they’re truly an authentic Brazilian restaurant.

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