Botequim – Excellent Brazilian

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We’ve been to Botequim twice now, prompted to try it by a Blackboards Eats offer. Situated in the basement of the Hyatt Union Square, it’s chef/owner Marco Moreira’s (Tocqueville, 15 East) foray into a modern interpretation of his native cuisine.

Every dish we tried was interesting and delicious. Starters included grilled shrimp with a tasty fennel salad, grilled sausage, coconut soup with curried squash and prawn, and pasteizinhos de carne (fried meat-filled dumplings).  Main courses were feijoada, moqueca of striped bass and prawn, suckling pig, and skirt steak. For dessert we had the coconut cake. We really appreciated that they have a selection of Brazilian craft beers. The Guanabara Imperial Stout was superb.

It’s hard to find good Brazilian food in Manhattan. Botequim fills the gap admirably.




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