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Posted by Shirley F. on 09/13/2006
We visited New York City the week of 8/21/06. There, my husband met a Brazilian woman while waiting to order ice cream at the Ben & Jerrys near our hotel. Casual conversation led to "Do you know a good Brazilian restaurant here in Midtown?" Unbeknownst to him....she owned a restaurant in Brazil but came to the states often. She recommended Via Basil. My husband and I are so glad a conversation between him and this woman happened because we have found what we now call "our Brazilian restaurant". The food is absolutely fabulous. We went there two days straight for lunch. The first time we had the steak which was not only tender but well seasoned. The second day we ate short beef ribs. In a word.......succulant. From now on that will be "our Brazilian restaurant" that we patronize when traveling to New York.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2006
Via Brasil is an experience in itself. It requires time to sedate and astound one's palate. There is always available seating & friendly service. The waiters do not invade customers' privacy. If you are in a rush, do not go here. The food is prepared readily and service is attentive, but the environment is very relaxed and you will only upset yourself if you are pressed for time. The drinks are all priced reasonably and are amazing. My favorite dish is the Stroganof de Frango (chicken with a cognac cream stroganoff). The best appetizer is the "rislolito de palmo" (heart of palm filled pastry). Enjoy!
Posted by Jack on 06/27/2006
Having vacationed in South America recently - and especially enjoying Rio de Janeiro - I was delighted to find Via Brazil conveniently located in midtown Manhatan, an easy walk to the theater district, etc. I visited on a Staurday afternoon for a thoroughly delightful "feijoada" and again on a weeknight when I had a steak. On both occasions, service was typically Brazilian - casually helpful and attentive, but never hovering. The food seemed to be authentically Brazilian, with no attempt to "Americanize" the menu. The quality of the two meals was good-to-excellent, and it certainly wasn't overpriced. I don't drink alcohol and so cannot comment on quality or price of cocktails, but I certainly enjoyed the Brazilian soft drink "Guaraná" - and the cafezinhos after dinner transported me back to Copacabana. Suffice it to say that I'm very much looking forward to my next (third) visit to Via Brazil in the near future.
Posted by Helena on 02/22/2006
Booked a table for 8 at short notice on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very accomodating. Arrived to a cosy, atmospheric place with great live music (Wed-Sat), which was more jazz than Brazilian, and at a comfortable level so we could still have conversations! Our waiter was friendly and really helpful. None of us had eaten Brazilian before and he guided us through the menu. We all sampled various cocktails - my caipirinha with campari was excellent (very strong!) And a reasonable price, especially compared to some places we drank ($6.95 for a cocktail). We skipped starters (we found the NY portions to big for us as it was!!) and had a good selection of main courses between us. Lots of fish and meat on the menu. A limited choice for the vegetarian in our party, but the kitchen was very amenable and offered to make her anything she chose, pasta/rice/salad based. I had the misto house special - a fish stew in a really tasty tomato-based sauce, with a tiny hint of chilli. The steak cooked on a skewer was excellent, as was the beef rib and fish with capers. There was lots of coconut and passion fruit used in the cooking, also yucca flour. For dessert, I had a passion fruit mousse - delicious! On a busy Saturday night, they were totally flexible in allowing us to stay on after our meal for just drinks, just switching us to a smaller table when a large party who'd prebooked arrived. I thought value was great. 2 courses, 2 cocktails plus 2 bottles of wine for $50 a head (inc tax and tip). Service was excellent and I can't fault this atmospheric little gem. Would definitely pay it another visit next time I'm in NY!
Posted by Campbell on 01/11/2006
For a quiet meal, with friends and loved ones, this is the right place to spend an evening. My husband I have been patrons of Via Brazil since 1999. Our favorite on the menu is the cod-fish appetizer. Even if you are not crazy about Cod, it is definitely worth a try. The Paella is always delicious and the Sangria is fresh and tasty. The service is impeccable. Customers feel like every need is being attended to. A very relaxing ambiance, it is easy to forget the time. Another big plus is that the restaurant never seems crowded. It is one of those undiscovered havens in the middle of NYC!
Posted by Summer visitor on 11/28/2005
I ate here on July 4, 2005 at around 8pm. The place was nearly empty. My waiter was very good though...served my drink and suggested the foods he thought I would like. I had the Paella, which was very tasty. I wish I'd have ordered something more exotic though. Service was a bit leisurely, and I had to rush though my meal and then literally run down to the U.N. area to see the fireworks. All in all, a really good meal, but not anything stellar.
Posted by fiore on 10/21/2005
The place is nice but nothing special. The food is ok but, again, nothing special. The food is comparable with any mid-level italian place in Manhattan. The best thing was the live music. The service was also disappointing. Our waiter tried to be way too friendly and made us wait too long for everything and ask twice for everything. Overall, the place is overpriced for what you get.