We were at the Flux Factory in Long Island City for the New York Academy of Art Alumni exhibit where Jodi participated with a beautiful painting (see her work at www.jodigerbi.com), and we decided to eat in that area after the show. I just needed Google Map to find Beija Flor (Hummingbird in portuguese), a Brazilian restaurant that serves some delicious food. At first, I was worried that there would be live music as I wanted to have a quiet dinner, being able to hear each other and thankfully, there was not and the noise level was pretty nice.
Of course, I could not not have a caipirinha there and it was delicious.
For appetizer, we decided to get their pastel de queijo, some sort of fried ravioli filled with cheese, lots of cheese!
Then, Jodi got Peixe Na Telha, that is pan seared king fish served on mashed plantains with grilled asparagus. The fish was perfectly cooked, flakey and moist, and I loved the sweetness from the plantains.
On my side, I went for one of my favorite Brazilian dishes: mocqueca de peixe com camerao that is a traditional fish stew made with fish, shrimp and coconut milk. It was served with rice, as well as a sort of mash made with the sauce. This was a fantastic dish: the fish was very good as were the shrimp that were unfortunately quite small. But overall, it was an awesome dish.
Last was dessert. We decided to go with the purim de leite condensado or condensed milk flan. It was quite good, although I would have preferred it with just the caramel rather than with the chocolate sauce.
Our dinner at Beija Flor was great: the food was really good and we enjoyed it in a relaxed atmosphere. This was definitely a good find.
Enjoy (I did)!
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