Bossa Nova Brazil
Is Hell's Kitchen turning into Little Brazil? In a nabe that's already samba'd its way to rodizio-palooza (Churrascaria Plataforma, Brazil Brazil, Brazil Grill) comes this newcomer, which takes over the old Brasserie 52 space. Surprise, surprise, the menu keeps it traditional and straightforward, with dishes like Bacalhau Bossa Nova (baked cod in white wine) and a mixed churrasco of beef, chicken, pork and sausage. Live music on certain evenings gets that Brazilian groove going. Yeah, the Hudson River—a few blocks away—ain't no Ipanema. But down a few of their $8 caipirinhas, spin around three times, squint a bit while staring at the river, and....nope. Still no Ipanema. Dang.