REVIEW: Meat, It’s What’s For Dinner

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I’m from the Midwest—which means meat and potatoes are pretty much a staple of every meal—so I am more than happy to sink my teeth into a nice piece of succulent steak when given the opportunity. Well, I got to do just that and more during a trip to the recently opened Texas de Brazil on the Upper East Side.

The Brazilian steakhouse, known as churrascaria, boasts eateries throughout the country. My culinary journey began with a trip to the overflowing salad bar—packed with more than 50 selections, from cured meats and cheeses, to salads, roasted vegetables and seafood (note: the lobster bisque is a popular pick from the salad bar selections). I enjoyed, essentially, my first course (including mozzarella, asparagus, salami and salad topped with flavorful Brazilian vinaigrette, which is more like a salsa as opposed to a traditional salad dressing) while enjoying views of bustling Third Avenue from the second-floor dining room.

Next came the meat, and there was a lot of it. Mouthwatering grilled protein selections are served in the rodizio method—meaning, waiters serve selections of meat at the table in what seems like a never-ending succession. When you need a breather, just flip the coaster-like marker on the table from green to red. I enjoyed pork ribs, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, Brazilian sausage, Brazilian Picanha (top sirloin—my favorite), Parmesan-crusted chicken and sides of garlic mashed potatoes, sweet friend bananas and Brazilian cheese bread before calling it quits. To finish the meal on a sweet note, I also tried a refreshing piece of key lime pie. If you are one of those people who goes to a restaurant and wants to try everything on the menu, head to Texas de Brazil—where its par for the course.