Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

The last time I went to Fogo de Chao was few months after this upscale steakhouse opened, back in December 2013. I even went to one of their locations in Sao Paolo that I found of lesser quality than their sister restaurant in the big apple. Well, the location itself is amazing with its three floors and I cannot imagine the rent they pay a month. 

 Bar on the 1st floor at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Bar on the 1st floor at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Bar on the 2nd floor at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Bar on the 2nd floor at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

To go there, you need a solid appetite as the prices are similar to a steakhouse, except that you cannot take home any leftovers (would be interesting to ask them to wrap up some meat to take home...). Fortunately, if you are vegetarian (pure or eating fish), you have options, like the salad bar or the sea bass. 

 Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Dining room at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

For sure, I skipped the salad bar that was quite big with lots of options, from salads to salumi, and of course fruit that were nicely presented. 

 Salad bar at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Salad bar at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Parmesan cheese at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Parmesan cheese at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Salumi and cheese at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Salumi and cheese at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Pineapple at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Pineapple at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Asparagus at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Asparagus at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Watermelon at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Watermelon at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

What was surprising was the service: rude and inefficient. My friend Abe got his cocktail order wrong twice; the waiters seemed annoyed that I was taking photos (I try to go quick and never use the flash, asking courteously for permission to do it), and they would not follow up when we asked them for something. Weird, because the restaurant was not that busy for a Thursday evening, so it had nothing to do with understaffing from what I observed. 

As a start, they served us some pao de quejo that are these small cheese breads that are so addictive.

 Pao de quejo at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Pao de quejo at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

In terms of meat though, we were there for a treat: their meat is simply delicious: tender, juicy and well cooked (you can ask for the temperature of your choice and they try to accommodate), with very few cheap meats as I would call them, such as chicken or pork. Not only did they have great beef cuts, but they also had lamb, especially these lamb chops that were fantastic. Remember that they give you a chip with two sides: green, so the staff knows they can bring meat, red so they stop bringing more meat.

 Chips for more/no more meat at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Chips for more/no more meat at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

And I can tell you that the meat comes fast!

 Meat at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Meat at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

I got the following meat:

Garlic steak:

 Garlic steak at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Garlic steak at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Garlic steak at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Garlic steak at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Sirloin:

 Sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Pork ribs:

 Pork ribs at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Pork ribs at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Bottom sirloin:

 Bottom sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Bottom sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Leg of lamb:

 Leg of lamb at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Leg of lamb at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Top sirloin:

 Top sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Top sirloin at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Lamb chops:

 Lamb chops at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Lamb chops at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

With the meal comes some sides: mash potatoes, fried polenta sticks and caramelized bananas. The latter were definitely my favorite. 

 Mash potatoes at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Mash potatoes at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

 Caramelized bananas and polenta at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Caramelized bananas and polenta at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Last was dessert. Smartly, they show you all the desserts they serve and I admit that it is a bit difficult to resist, even after eating so much food.

 Desserts at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Desserts at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

So I tried: Chocolate cheesecake (just ok, not as dense and tasty as I expected):

 Chocolate cheesecake at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Chocolate cheesecake at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Lemon tart (sublime, not too sweet):

 Lemon tart at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Lemon tart at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Tres leches (my favorite):

 Tres leches at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Tres leches at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

With my meal, I decided to keep the Brazilian theme and ordered a caipirinha that was perfect. 

 Caipirinha at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

Caipirinha at Fogo de Chao in NYC, New York

This was a nice meal in an amazing decor: I for sure prefer Fogo de Chao to Churascaria Plataforma. Would I go back? Definitely! And if you go, skip the salad bar: it is just a way to make you eat less meat...

Enjoy (I did)!

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