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Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2010
I've never experienced Brazilian food before going to Ipanema so I can't compare it to other types of Brazilian-Portuguese cuisine, but it is AMAZING. I go to New York City multiple times a year and I make sure I stop in at least once during every stay. I usually order the Salada Ipanema and it is so good it is difficult for me to stray away from it but I do want to open my options. My boyfriend is Portuguese so he always accompanies me when we go to Ipanema, and he is always willing to try something new. We have shared: Vatapa (I wasn't going to try it because it looked nothing like anything I have eaten before but it was absolutely fantastic!), Peixe Nantua (which was different but still good), and Paelha (which was totally worth the wait!!). The service is astonishing, and the waitstaff genuinely cares for the patrons. I honestly cannot wait to go back!
Posted by anonymous on 11/28/2009
The only restaurant to make vatapa in NYC does it extremely well. Everything about the restaurant is very authentic and definitely worth it.
Posted by Lina Ballerina on 08/21/2009
I love Ipanema. As a Brazilian who's been in the USA for about 10 years, I have yet to find a better Brazilian restaurant. The service is always excellent and now I am biased because I know the owner and all the wait staff...but the food has never let me down. It's a great place to host a party with the large table in the back, too.
Posted by Dianne on 08/16/2009
Spotted the restaurant as we were walking by, saw that it was Portugese/Brazilian, so glad we went in the food was fantastic and the service excellent. Will go back soon. :)
Posted by Cher the New Yorker on 08/16/2009
Had a late-ish dinner there on a Saturday night after the theater crowd had left. We enjoyed a few appetizers and authentic Portuguese-style steaks for dinner. All the food was wonderful - the steaks were big, tender and cooked just right. If you like HOT food, try the sausage appetizer - they serve it with a sauce that is pretty darn spicy indeed. They might want to expand the wine options when ordering by the glass. I loved the service. They were charming and attentive without hovering. I will absolutely be back again and hopefully soon.
Posted by Iain on 04/19/2009
Great food, very tasty, generous portions. Service was excellent and friendly.
Posted by Henri on 01/08/2009
We've been coming to Ipanema since they opened many years ago. We've never been disappointed at the quality of the food or the service. There garlic steak and garlic shrimp dish is a winner. We come to Ipanema whenever we visit Manhattan from Westchester. We highly recommend this great Brazilian restaurant.