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Pio Pio Restaurant: A Delicious Peruvian Surprise

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To kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered a sangria pitcher and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile I checked the menu at Pio Pio Restaurant to figure out what Peruvian food really was.

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I love birthday celebrations! This time was my roommate’s bday and she decided to have dinner at a Peruvian restaurant in the Upper West Side. She always talked about Pio Pio, but I never had the chance to visit the place.

Actually, I was dreaming of it because of all the good things she and her friends kept telling me. I knew in advance Pio Pio had the best Salchipapas in town. Or, sausage with fries, and I was ready to try it out!

We were in a big group of friends so we made a reservation. I do recommend it, if you are with a big party, as well.

Strategically located on a street corner with a green façade and red signs with their name, the restaurant definitely surprised me! The venue was infinitely more beautiful and elegant than I had imagined.

I saw people from all around the world enjoying great Peruvian food and the place was so charming!

We sat right across a gorgeous brick wall with countless colorful paintings. Every art work was truly spectacular. They portrayed a Peruvian kids in the country side and really called my attention! And, amongst the kids, was a huge vertical painting of Our Lady, Mary.

So, to kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered sangria pitchers and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile, I checked the menu to figure out what Peruvian food actually looked like. Well, I found plenty of dishes made out of pollo – chicken and seafood.

After chatting a lot while drinking sangria, it was time to eat. Yayyy, my favorite time!! I shared a dish named Matador combo (Killer combo) with a friend, and it really was to die for. It was a preparation of rotisserie chicken served with yellow rice, avocado salad, red beans, tostones and the highly anticipated, salchipapas.

OMG, I loved it! I actually felt at home, since it was like comfort food to me. Other people ordered seafood dishes which all looked and smelled terrific!

For dessert we had tres leches – a traditional Latin sweet, flan – like a caramel custard, and Piononos – a roll cake filled with dulce de leche. I’m craving it all over again…

The experience I had at Pio Pio was really fantastic. And you can experience it too! Oh! And you can find at least one Pio Pio in each NYC borough.

If you enjoy Peruvian food, or if you’d like to try other cuisines like Mexican try Tijuana Picnic and the Latin American inspired cuisine, Colonia Verde.

Hours: Each location has different operating hours, so please check online.

Locations:
702 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan
84-02 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens
282 Kings Highway, Gravesend, Brooklyn
264 Cypress Avenue, Mot Haven, Bronx

https://www.piopio.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
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The Hottest Fitness Classes You Need To Know

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New York is a great city to find out the latest fitness trends! So, take a look at some of the hottest fitness classes you need to know while you’re in New York and, of course, if you live here! Lets get sweating!

Don’t think that New York is a place destined only to explore restaurants, museums, bars, nightlife, etc…

New Yorkers are extremely focused on health and staying fit, even during the super cold winter months. You can always see them carrying their gym clothes to work, so they had hit the gym when their day is over.

Yet, many of the early birds and prefer to start the day by sweating it out and getting energized for the rest of the day.

It’s a great city to find out the latest fitness trends! So, take a look at some of the hottest fitness classes you need to know while you’re in New York and, of course, if you live here!


Asphalt Green

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With two campus locations in Manhattan, Asphat Green is a paradise for the one that love “the burn”.

They have every activity you can possibility imagine – from aquatics to different sports and fitness classes.

If your into swimming and the pool feels like home, you can try their countless options. You can try their swim classes, private lessons, competitive swim, water polo, water exercises and more!

For the sports-addicts, you’ll find first-class instructional classes, recreational leagues and select competitive teams for all ages and skill levels. Sports are of all types: soccer, baseball, martial arts, flag football, tennis, triathlon and others.

Finally, if you’re more into fitness and love hitting the gym, you can sign up for classes like fitness training, spinning, yoga, group exercises, pilates, stretching, martial arts and the famous AG6.

The AG6™, was the one we shot in the video above! Yes, it was embarrassing, since I look totally goofy with no coordination. But, it’s “a high-intensity, circuit-based program and fitness experience like no other. AG6™ focuses on movement with purpose to uncover your athletic sixth sense and strengthen all major muscle groups, burning up to 1,000 calories in 45 minutes.”

I’m sure you’ll do better than me!

Locations:
555 East 90th Street – Upper East Side
212 North End Avenue – Battery Park City

www.asphaltgreen.org


Brooklyn Boulders

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I’ve always loved rock climbing, but besides looking very easy, it’s really not. I’m not too good with heights either, but Brooklyn Boulders equipment makes you feel completely safe and tied up!

It’s surely not only a physical activity. I believe it’s even more a mental challenge, than physical.

They offer different classes that are 60-min long for all different levels, besides being able to have your own personal trainer and still, a fitness center too.

I loved the 4-week course, with 8 sessions, called Climb Like A Girl! It is “taught by women, for women. Train as a team as you improve your technique, gain climbing power and improve endurance. Each 2-hour session is progressive, carefully designed to holistically develop your abilities.”

Plus, if you have kids, they do have great options for them to have fun!

Let’s start rocking!

Locations:
23-10 41st Avenue, Long Island City
575 Degraw Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn

https://brooklynboulders.com


Inscape

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We all have read and heard about the countless benefits of meditation and how it can significantly improve our bodies and mind.

This beautiful community space offers not only meditation and relaxation classes, but also mind opening events and a great store! You can browse and find some of the best modern wellness products.

As they explain:

Sessions are audio guided to create consistency in your meditation practice and transition your practice seamlessly between studio and app. A consistent voice enables you to turn your attention inward and focus on your personal meditation experience.

Consistency is the key to developing a regular habit. Trained meditation facilitators are available to help you get started, answer questions, and talk through any emotions that come up during your session.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11am – 8pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 7pm 

Location: 45 West 21st Street 

https://www.inscape.life


There are countless other fitness activities and classes available throughout New York and new modalities showing up all the time.

So, be sure to follow our Fitness & Health page to stay tunes in the hottest fitness classes you need to know!

Are you ready to start the burn?


Videographer: Renata Meirelles
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Day 2: Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour

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This was Day 2 with Siemens USA! We visited some of New York City’s major attractions to understand how Siemens actually helped build our beautiful city! So, tag along with me to explore what happened during the “Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour”!

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As you’ve probably noticed, after reading our Day 1 experience with Siemens, I had a fantastic time! I always say that I’m not only extremely curious to learn historical facts about NYC, but I think it’s extremely amusing to understand how this amazing city operates and functions.

Siemens’ technology is literally scattered throughout the city of New York in places and world-famous landmark: from the Statue of Liberty, the subway system, the Amtrak and the beautiful World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, to the retractable ceilings at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the impeccable acoustics of Carnegie Hall and even, hidden within the top breweries in Brooklyn. The purpose? To make your NYC days eternally memorable and seamless experiences.

That said, let me start telling you about our Day 2 at Siemens “New York City’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour”. If you thought that yesterday was cool, take a look below at where we went this time!

After a very early breakfast, starting at 7am at a hotel in FiDi, where me met the entire group, we hopped on the bus and headed to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, better known as the home of the US Open Tennis Championships that is actually happening now!


9am – USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

I’m a huge tennis fan and even played when I was younger for a couple of years.

If you follow tennis, you’ve probably seen how many matches have been cancelled or delayed during the years, due to bad weather, right? Such a bummer!

Not only is this a hassle if you’re there watching and enjoying the match, but specially for the athletes that end up cooling down and getting distracted, to then have to go back to court.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium in the world, with retractable ceilings that have ended the bad weather problems.

Siemens worked with Morgan Automation Systems, part of the Morgan Engineering family of companies, a world leader in automation of extreme large mechanization projects, to make this project become a breathtaking reality!

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I listed some of the most curious facts that you should know about it, and that I thought were particularly interesting:

  • This ceiling is the largest structure in the world, over a tennis court, installed just earlier this year
  • The retractable ceilings are controlled and powered by Siemens
  • Each half of the roof weighs around 1 million pounds
  • The roof has 250ft long, each one being 125ft
  • It moves at approximately 25ft / minute. It opens within approximately 6 minutes 10 seconds and closes in approximately 5 minutes, 35 seconds. Why does it close faster? Well, when a storm suddenly pops in, they have to be quick to preserve a dry court, so the game continues.
  • Everything happens through the push of 1 single touchscreen button
  • It has the power to resist winds that reach 125mi/h
  • There is a team that is exclusively monitoring and controlling the air temperature and moisture
  • They have to be careful for not 1 single drop to fall on court
  • The Stadium is regulated to have the same temperature as the outside weather, so every player is performing under the same conditions
  • The stadium is used only 3 weeks during the entire year, with 4 yearly maintenances

 Now, understand the Siemens cutting-edge automation technologies onsite:

  • The ceiling is powered and controlled by Siemens’ Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • The S120 Safety System is totally integrated
  • Easy to use with access comfort panels
  • These industrial equipment and systems can be seen not only in factories, but also throughout the entertainment world like: Cirque du Soleil stages, rides at Walt Disney World parks, shows in Las Vegas, the Orlando Eye 400-foot observation ferris wheel, and even Broadway shows.

12pm – Other Half Brewery

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It’s amazing how Siemens is literally spread throughout New York! What do I mean? Well, we had lunch and a great beer tasting experience at a brewery in Brooklyn called Other Half.

The place is amazing and the aroma of their beer is all over as soon as you walk in! They incentivize people to do the tour and learn about the entire brewing process.

In the case of breweries, Siemens’ technology is seen through different components that are inside other equipment. Their tech ranges from increasing efficiency in the overall process, to controlled bottling process and modeling & managing the complete workflow.

They have a few other breweries in Brooklyn using their systems, as well as most of the Coronas you’ll drink in the US! Cool right?


3pm – LO3 Energy

It’s literally hard to point out the highlight of these 2 amazing days, but I can say that LO3 was certainly a different experience.

What is LO3 Energy?  Well, they’re a pioneering blockchain startup that is changing the way we think about our electricity and how it works. Plus, we are seeing more and more, the importance of having our own data protected and encrypted, and with their program, by creating and applying a token, it creates a business model that gives value to data, so can buy a key to unlock and also secure your data while directly managing the purchase of power.

In addition, it’s also great to see that the big shark companies like Google and Facebook are also now going 100% renewable, with wind and solar tiles.

People are literally starting to care about energy!

Where does Siemens come in? LO3 Energy is working with Siemens Digital Grid and Siemens’ startup financier next47, on the Brooklyn Microgrid project.

“In an energy market that is becoming increasingly distributed – whether based on wind, sun, water or biomass – intelligent grids are becoming increasingly important. Siemens microgrid technology is helping communities pioneer the movement toward a self-sufficient energy future.” (Siemens)

But wait! What is a microgrid? The correct, dictionary definition is: “a small network of electricity users with a local source of supply that is usually attached to a centralized national grid but is able to function independently.”

The purpose of a grid is to balance electricity: not too much, not too little.

The idea is for a community to be able to produce, consume and purchase power from within their own community. And, the cool thing is that people will be able to consume from a distributed energy supply system that draws on renewable-generated sources for a more resilient, customer-driven economy.

Being able to choose where to buy your energy from and be sustainable is now a reality!

You can also read more about them.


And, this wrapped up these 2 amazing and truly surprising days that we explored New York through different lens.

It was extremely interesting to see and understand a bit of how the engine works “behind the scenes” to make our New York City function so properly and seamlessly, giving us locals – and also visitors – a priceless, memorable experience!

I can’t wait to see more about how Siemens technology is impacting our lives, without us even knowing!

Thank you Siemens, once again, for this breathtaking experience with endless interesting information!


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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

36 Brazilian Restaurants in New York That You Have To Try

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The New York food scenes is certainly overwhelming and you can eat practically anything you crave. We decided to immerse ourselves in the Brazilian culinary world and put together a beautiful list of 36 Brazilian restaurants in New York!

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Yes, New York has it all when it comes to food and culinary experiences! And, it’s quite tough to know which restaurant to go next, since options are endless.

Since our Founder, Fê, is Brazilian, we decided to dedicate this post list all the best Brazilian restaurants in New York and a few other food businesses! And, of course, to all of our beautiful Brazilian readers!!!

We listed below 36 of the best spots to have Brazilian food and treats, spread throughout the boroughs of: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. This list was done with the help of Yum City, NY.

So, if you enjoy the Brazilian culture, food, music and lifestyle & vibe, take a look below to pick where you’re going to explore next! It’s also a fantastic list if you want to know where to eat in New York on a budget!

Have fun in your immersion into the Brazilian culinary world!



In Manhattan:

Manhattan is the home os come of the best Brazilian spots. From restaurants in energetic neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, to bakeries, specialty stores and all you can eat upscale restaurants.

But, if you’re in New York on a budget, don’t worry, we have a great variety of places for everyone!


#1 Berimbau do Brasil

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We love Berimbau do Brazil and we’ve written about them before. So, lets refresh your memory with what we said!

Berimbau do Brasil has been one of the small and trendy Brazilian spots in the Greenwich Village, since 2009. The restaurant is named after a very popular Brazilian instrument called “berimbau”, that has African roots and is used in the capoeira martial arts dance.

The restaurant is small, cozy, with a rustic décor, and great service (as most Brazilian spots have), plus, the food is truly fantastic. It’s loved not only by the meat eaters, but also vegetarians. Portions are very generous, so feel free to share different dishes and try a bit of it all.

What to try? The acarajé, Pão de Queijo (cheese bread) and pastel (a type of Brazilian empanada), as appetizers. For the mains, we love the picadinho carioca, bobó de camarão, the famous feijoada and the moqueca à Baiana. Dessert? The brigadeiro, of course – a chocolate truffle sweet loved by all Brazilians.

Location: 43 Carmine Street

www.berimbaunyc.com


#2 Tap NYC

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Tap NYC opened not too long ago, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has been attracting clients from all over the city, as well as visitors. With delicious variations of the famous tapioca – a starch extracted from cassava root, originally from the Northeastern part of Brazil – it’s become a to-go spot.

As they explain: “Tapioca is gluten-free, sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol free, with no added preservatives!” Sounds perfect, right?

The place is great, décor is bright and spacious!

Tapioca options vary from countless savory ones, to sweet ones. Plus, they still offer, salads, Brazilian bites, açai bowls, matcha drinks, juices, smoothies, teas. And, of course, great coffee like every true Brazilian loves.

Location: 267 Columbus Avenue

www.tapnyc.com


#3 Padoca Bakery

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When you walk inside Padoca Bakery, a traditional Brazilian bakery, you are immediately absorbed by an incredibly irresistible smell of fresh baked goods!

Located in the Upper East Side, the place has great natural lighting, that is certainly a highlight. Their menu is fantastic for a quick breakfast, to a filling and healthy lunch. They have fresh pastries done in-house, savory ones too, cookies, brownies and açai bowls. Coffee is very good too!

In addition they also offer catering services and whole cakes for special celebrations, also freshly baked! We love the bolo de coco that is a very fluffy and moist coconut cake! Yum!

To read more about them, check out this post we’ve done!

Location: 359 East 68th Street

http://padocabakery.com


#4 Fogo de Chão

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Ah! This is for the big carnivores out there! Fogo de Chão is one of the most famous and respected churrascarias in Brazil.

They’ve also gained international recognition “exporting” a great team of Brazilian meat experts to run the overseas locations. It is said that only their Brazilian team touches and cuts the meat since there is a special way to accentuate its flavor by doing so.

The side dishes are also to die for, from the arroz caipira (a type of rice), to the fantastic salad table with everything you can ever imagine eating.

The meat is served in a “rodizio” style, that means that you pay a fix price and eat as much as you want.

Waiters pass by the table with different meat options and you can choose the ones you’d like to try, or reorder more of the same. After you’re satisfied, you just signal you’re done by flipping a paper coin (one side is green meaning you want to be served / the other is red that means you’re done).

Location: 40 West 53rd Street

https://fogodechao.com


#5 Casa Restaurant

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We love places that are able to host only a very small number of guests at a time. The intimate space definitely makes it an amazing experience.

Casa Restaurant, located in the West Village, is one of these great spots. With a very traditional Brazilian menu, they offer some of the best Brazilian comfort-food selection.

As appetizers, our top picks are the: pão de queijo, pastéis (or empanadas) and  mandioca frita (yucca sticks).

A great dish to start from, if you’ve never tried Brazilian food, is the well-known Feijoada – black bean stew with prime meats served with white rice, fresh oranges, collard greens, farofa and vinaigrette sauce.

Their sandwiches, also very typical, are fantastic. Which ones to pick? Try starting with the bauru de carne made with pita bread, steak, melted cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Now, if you enjoy a good cocktail, the traditional caipirinha (cachaça, sugar and lime) is always our cocktail choice.

Location: 72 Bedford Street

www.casarestaurant.com


#6 Empórium Brasil

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Located in the heart of Manhattan, Empórium Brasil’s food has been compared, by Brazilians, to their mom’s or grandma’s food. Always a good nostalgic feeling, for sure!

They are known for having a great service and very friendly staff. Definitely a plus, right?!

As always, never skip ordering the appetizers. They are very unique and delicious.

One of their top signature dishes are the short ribs, but we particularly love the famous camarão na moranga. This is a quite unique dish made from fresh acorn squash stuffed with shrimp, hearts of palm and catupiry cheese. Yes, this is one of the top Brazilian dishes that is considered a “national passion”! Very, very flavorful.

The vatapá is also a great pick. It’s a typical dish from Bahia, a state in the Northeastern part of the country. It’s basically made with purée of bread crumbs and smoked shrimp with peanuts and cashews flavored with coconut milk and palm oil.

Their menu is very diverse, with everything from grilled steak and poultry, to seafood and pastas, but you can’t really go wrong. 

Location: 15 West 46th Street

http://emporiumbrasil.com


#7 Oca

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We love Tapioca! Why? As Oca, located in the neighborhood of NoLita, says: it’s gluten, dairy, GMO, preservatives, fat, sugar, cholesterol and guilt FREE!

All the ingredients used at Oca organic and very fresh, purchased from local farmers. Hence, many ingredients are seasonal, but that just makes it more exciting.

Besides the tapioca crepes, they have appetizers like the famous pão de queijo, a few different salads, a few wraps, the to-die-for açai bowls and some tasty desserts. Plus, they offer not only Vegetarian option, but Vegan ones too!

To drink, their cashew nut shakes are delicious and we like the avocado one, or apple + cinnamon. Like every good Brazilian, coffee is a biggy. They have a good variation. The Hot Vegan Nocciolata is an interesting pick!

Location: Their Mott Street store is closed. Stay tuned for updates on our secret location.

http://ocastore.com


#8 Cafe Patoro

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This café, located step from the Brooklyn Bridge, in the East part of the Financial District, also known as South Seaport, is a great upscale option to go for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.

The place is well-known for the love for the famous Pão de Queijo (PDQ). They explain what it is: “PDQ is a small gluten-free cheese-bread roll. Featuring a perfect balance of crispy outside and chewy inside, PDQs are the most delectable when hot, right out of the oven.” It’s actually hard to explain, so I guess you’ll have to get one and try!

They offer a few variations of the mini PDQ sandwiches, something that is not so easy to find in New York City. This is surely one of the specialties you must try.

For the bigger bites, try the empanadas, the Brazilian grilled cheese and the corn bread.

Talking about sweets, we are fans of the brigadeiro cake – a variation made from the famous brigadeiro, a type of chocolate truffle made with condensed milk. Also try the flan and the carrot cake.

Location: 223 Front Street

www.cafepatoro.com


#9 Brigadeiro Bakery

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Opened in 2014, this SoHo sweet shop offers 17 different flavors of Brigadeiros truffles, including passion fruit, coffee, dulce de leche and oreo.

It’s a snug space with minimal seating, but it’s open seven days a week. So, you’ve got plenty of time to stop by in case the lines are too long.

If you’re going to celebrate a special date, they offer great catering services, as well as beautiful packaging or gifts. And trust us: it will be the best gift ever!

They offer a free brigadeiro when you check in on Yelp too! Ha!

Location: 156 Sullivan Street

www.brigadeirobakery.com


#10 Churrascaria Plataforma

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Churrascaria Plataforma, located in the Theater District, is called the The New York Yankees of Brazilian Steakhouses. Raved about by legions of fans and the best known food critics.

A New York Daily News writer once wrote:

“I’ve been asked a lot over the course of the year which New York restaurants I’d be most likely to visit out of personal choice rather than professional responsibility. The name I heard myself uttering in response, more than any other, was Churrascaria Plataforma.”

As they explain: “Churrascaria (choo-rah-scah-ree-ah) is the name used to describe a restaurant that serves meat, mostly grilled. A Rodizio style restaurant uses the method of serving different cuts of meat that originated in the south of Brazil in the early 1800s.”

If you love to experiment with drinks, go to their bar and let the waiter guide you through the options!

Location: 316 West 49th Street

https://plataformaonline.com


#11 Favela Cubana

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A Brazilian-Cuban hybrid in the Greenwich Village.

As they share on their website, Favela Cubana is a place where food, music and culture converge.

Brazil’s frango Ipanema and Cuba’s arroz con pollo are amongst the delicacies featured on the menu, and fresh tropical cocktails such as their tantalizing “orange basil mojito” highlight the fully stocked bar.

It’s a great mixture of two fantastic cultures: Brazilian and Cuban! The result: Festivel, for sure!

Go check them out and let us know your thoughts!

Location: 543 LaGuardia Place

www.favelacubana.com


#12 Via Brasil

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Via Brasil has been serving authentic Brazilian fare since 1978, so you have to assume they make some pretty delicious food. Located in Midtown West, it’s a quite easy commute coming from different parts of the city.

Robert Sietsema, from Eater’s, exclaimed that: “rarely has New York seen such a lush rendition” of the feijoada, the Brazilian national dish. Sietsema also noted that the Brazilian restaurant is “a notable paragon of relaxed dining, a place where you can feel like you’re on vacation.”

You’re able to find everything from the heavier dishes, like the Feijoada, to lighter ones with seafood. So, there is something for everyone, regardless of your daily-crave.

Location: 34 West 46th Street

www.viabrasilrestaurant.com


#13 Ipanema

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Also located in Midtown West, Ipanema gets raves for its bitoque and picanha steak dishes.

The bitoque, a Portuguese staple, is an aged New York strip cooked in a garlic and beer sauce and topped with a fried egg. The picanha is an aged top sirloin served on a sizzling platter.

Drooling already? We are!

They explain that: “Brazil is a rich well of culinary diversity, blending the ingredients and techniques of the native South Americans with the cooking techniques of its Portuguese, African and Asian immigrants.”

Ipanema is in the heart of New York City’s Little Brazil Street. The restaurant’s owners are not shy about the quality of their food and claim to run the best Brazilian restaurant “in all of New York City.”

Location: 43 West 46th Street

http://ipanemanyc.com


#14 Zebú Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Zebu Grill Burger

Located in the  Upper East Side, Zebú Grill features a meat-heavy menu and specializes in churrasco dishes and caipirinha cocktails.

Their standout meals are the ultra-tender carne cozida beef dish and the feijoada, a plate of lean cuts of beef, pork & sausages in a black bean stew accompanied by rice, collard greens & farofa.

Try sides the banana milanesa (fried bananas – so good!), the farofa and the vinagrete.

But, you’ll be able to choose from the menu great traditional options that are very typical in the Brazilian cuisine!

A terrific spot for family dinners or a low-key date night.

Location: 305 E 92nd Street

www.zebugrill.com


#15 Samba Kitchen & Bar

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Samba Kitchen Moqueca

This casual Hell’s Kitchen Brazilian venue features traditional Brazilian fare & cocktails, plus live bands in a cozy ambiance. The yucca fries, feijoada and picanha get a lot of love from the clientele.

Clients have said “who doesn’t want to eat, drink and listen to live music at the same time?!” They do have a point, right?

Live music happens every Wednesday night and Sunday brunch, in case you were wondering! Oh! And there is no cover charge!

Location: 661 9th Avenue

www.sambakitchenbar.com


#16 Petisco Brazuca (Delivery Only)

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Petisco Brazuca

If you have a particular passion for coxinhas, the Brazilian version of the chicken croquette, look no further than Petisco Brazuca.

Chef Vanessa Pedreira and Ricardo Rosa started this delivery-only shop to share their passion for salgados, a type of Brazilian snack food, with New Yorkers.

They have a large Brazilian following and have earned praise from numerous Brazilian media outlets.

Plus, they’ve worked with clients like Google, Nike, Michel Kors, Melissa, Samsumg, Yahoo and Chase Bank.

They can deliver it to your door and you can order online, or through their app!

www.petiscobrazuca.com


#17 Galeria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Galeria NYC Escondido

Located in the Lower East Side, Galeria serves unique bowls of Brazilian food made from organic, local and fresh ingredients. It’s literally a mixture of food, art and drinks!

They use all ingredients within 48 hours of delivery. The serving presentation is exquisite and is quite distinct from most other Brazilian restaurants in the city. In fact, their presentation is exceptional compared to New York City restaurants in general.

They’ve made believers of the folks at Gothamist, who remarked that the eatery’s bowl concept “sounds cliché at this point, but it’s hard to get too cynical about it when everything tastes this good.”

They even have a Concept-Store inside with articles from clothing to décor, for sale!

Location: 43 Clinton Street

www.galerianyc.com


#18 Tapas Bites

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Tapas Bites

Tapas Bites serves, you guessed it, Brazilian tapas and desserts.

The small eatery is located on a happening East Harlem block with some other cool spots to eat and chill.

Diners love the coxinhas, pão de queijo, bolinho de bacalhau, bolinha de queijo and for dessert chocolate or flaky coconut brigadeiros.

Location: 2337 First Avenue and 352 East 120th Street

www.tapasbites.com


#19 Gomi

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Gomi Wine Bar

Gomi is an interesting mix! It’s New York City’s only Korean-Brazilian wine bar.

Located in Alphabet City, their strength is their wine, not necessarily their food, but they’ve got some tasty bites, if you need something to follow your drinks!

Some of the favorite dishes are the cornish hen, gyoza and the picanha, among the numerous other tapas on the menu. Likewise, the “Brazilian-Meets-Korean” steak is a standout.

On the wine side, rose is the star.

Location: 186 Avenue A


#20 Rice N Beans

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Rice N Beans has been serving authentic Brazilian cuisine to New Yorkers for over 25 years. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, its namesake ingredients, rice and beans, stand out from other Latin American eateries because of the culinary talents of Executive Chef Carlos Roberto Inácio.

“I used to observe my mom cooking in (the Brazilian state of) Minas Gerais, so I learned how to cook in a different way, how to bring special seasoning to the dishes”, Chef Inácio explains.

The result is represented in a traditional Brazilian cuisine with intense flavors of garlic, onion, tomato, and coconut.

You’ll want to try the bolinho de queijo (cod stuffed croquette), the feijoada, the coxinhas and guava & passion fruit caipirinhas.

As they say, it’s a “no-fuss” place, so everything is pretty casual, but very tasty!

Location: 744 9th Avenue

www.ricenbeansnyc.com


#21 The Coffee Shop

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We love this place! It’s always very busy and loud, but nonetheless, it’s in our hearts!

The Coffee Shop is an iconic all-night Brazilian eatery that’s been around for decades and is open 23 hours a day. Located at Union Square, it’s fun, it’s noisy and it’s full of the pretty and the hip.

It’s famous for the sidewalk people watching tables, sort of like a classic Parisian bistro.

The service can be hit or miss, but many of the servers are aspiring models, actual models or could pass for models – which may make up for the slow service for some.

The herb fries are particularly popular, but The Coffee Shop offers plenty of other choice fare, like the pão de queijo. Likewise, the shrimp Baiano, a shrimp stew from Bahia, that comes with kale, fried plantains and plenty of white rice, is utterly delicious.

You might also want to try the granola bowl with fresh fruits and yogurt that is pretty good too and well served!

Location: 29 Union Square West

http://thecoffeeshopnyc.com



In Brooklyn:

Brooklyn also have a few Brazilian spots that we really enjoy. Some of them you’ve probably seen quite a few times on our Instastories, like Beco Bar!

Why? Well, it’s one of our Founder’s favorite spots to hand out and chill with her friends!


#22 Beco Bar

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Beco Bar

This is one of the Brazilian spots we love the most in Brooklyn and we’ve written about it a thousands of times! Beco Bar is a small Brazilian-style pub located just a few blocks from McCarren Park in Williamsburg.

The place is certainly the hot spots where the cool Brazilian (and local) crown hangs on weekdays and weekends. Brunch hours are always very full and tables are coveted by the trendiest people in the neighborhood – but, many commute from Manhattan and even other close by cities!

They offer very traditional dishes like the feijoada, PF (aka prato feito) and the bife a cavalo. Appetizers like the pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) is a must-eat, as well as their coxinha – a fried croquettes filled with shredded chicken breast.

Their sandwich options are various and we recommend the also traditional, Bauru with sliced filet mignon, queijo prato (cheese) and tomatoes on a baguette.

For drink we’d say, try them all, but the famous caipirinha, of course, and batida de côco are our top picks!

Ah! They have live bands on Sundays at 5pm playing traditional Brazilian music, and also DJs on other days.

Location: 45 Richardson Street

www.becobar.com


#23 My Sweet

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York My Sweet Brigadeiro

As Paula, the Founder, beautifully explains: “My Sweet is a Brooklyn based artisan brand where every sweet is handmade to order. We only use high quality, natural ingredients and we like to support local producers. We don’t use anything artificial.”

Their store is located in East Williamsburg, but you can buy the sweets online. They also offer catering services, so be sure to make your next party memorable, ordering a sorted selection!

Customers love the bite sized desserts made on premises.

We’ve also written about them before, so click here if you want to read and see more pictures.

Location: 57 Porter Avenue

https://mysweet.com


#24 Miss Favela

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Miss Favela Salgadinho Sortidos

If you like to party like Brazilians do, this is the place for you!

Here’s how the owners describe their menu:

“For nostalgic and curious palates, the restaurant features a menu filled with dishes as Moqueca de Peixe,Tutu a Mineira, Feijoada, among others. Also part of the menu Brazilian appetizers- coxinha, frango a passarinho, bolinho de bacalhau, pão de queijo, and the traditional drink, the Capirinha, that is offered with typical fruits as açaí, among others.”

They have long lasting parties, with loud music and Rio-inspired décor. What you’ll listen to? The typical Brazilian rhythms of Forró, Samba and Pagode.

During the warmer months, they have all the doors and windows open, with quite a few outdoor seatings.

As they say: “After all, life is about it, taste, love, friends and celebration!”

Location: 57 South 5th Street

www.missfavela.com


#25 El Mate

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York El Mate Façade

Located in Carroll Gardens, El Mate is a Brazilian-Argentinian fusion restaurant. Quite an interesting combination, considered the rivalry both countries have in the field while playing Soccer! Ha!

The guys there share that:

“From our delicious milanesas to our selections of empanadas to the most complexity of flavors of cuts of beef – like bife de costilla or tira de asado or the exotic Brazilian cut picanha na tabua we are dedicated to serve our food with passion which you can enjoy every bit by sipping with our handcrafted selection of house cocktails featuring all natural Yerba Mate tea.”

But wait! The Yerba Mate is a popular tea in both Brazil and Argentina that you actually mix with spirits, so you’ll be sure to have a fantastic time there!

For dessert, try a delicious maracujá mousse – known to us as passion fruit!

Location: 550 Court Street

www.elmaterestaurant.com



In Queens:

We have the biggest selection of restaurants located mostly in Astoria. Why? Astoria is the neighborhood with the biggest concentration of Brazilians! The community there is huge and definitely vibrant.

Many don’t even have a website, but you can always Google them!


# 26 Beija Flor

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Customers rave about this place’s ambience! Beija Flor is located in the upcoming neighborhood of Long Island City! We love explore that part of Queens, and so should you!

Commuting is quite easy and there is always something new to explore!

The restaurant is cozy, but lively serving traditional Brazilian cuisine in an elegant yet unpretentious fashion. Located on a quiet Long Island City corner, the unfinished wood, sisal rope, and natural cloth used in the tasteful decor creates a true rustic ambiance enhanced by clay pots and cast iron skillets.

The restaurant uses ingredients sourced from the finest purveyors, featuring many local and organic products. On weekends, live music invigorates the atmosphere and inspires people to dance while they enjoy signature caipirinhas.

Location: 38-02 29th Street

http://beijaflorlic.com


#27 Kilo Astoria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Kilo Astoria Buffet

Kilo Astoria is a Brazilian churrascaria that is loved by customers for its hot buffet, low-key atmosphere and friendly staff.

Equally as important, the prices are also very reasonable. It’s a place for a more casual meal, with dim lighting and quite simple and rustic décor. But, the food is just so well done and tasty, that it’s all goes unnoticed.

And, as we said above, the staff are so polite, that you’ll definitely want to come back again, and again, and again!

Oh! It’s so good that customers don’t even want to share that much about it online, so it won’t go viral, hahaha!

Location: 31-27 Ditmars Blvd


#28 Villa Brazil Café Grill

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Photo Credit: Dragan Lojpur

Similar to other restaurants we’ve mentioned here, Villa Brazil Café Grill is another buffet style restaurant.

Let us tell you why! Self-serving restaurants is actually very common in Brazil, even in a few more high-end ones. You literally get your table, and go serve yourself with everything you can possibly want. Take your time to find the most exotic and different options! Everything there is calculated by weight.

The barbecue meat is one of the highlights, as well as other options like the hanger steak, sirloin steak , beef ribs and sausage.

If you’ve never had Brazilian food, it’s a great place to start, since you can try a bit of everything!

Location: 43-16 34th Avenue


#29 Favela Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Favela Grill

This Queens wine bar has received raves from the likes of Gothamist, Village Voice and New York Magazine.

Customers love the coxinha de frango (chicken croquettes), churrasco and costela bam bam (a Flinstone-style short rib on a bone).

Other standout dishes include the moqueca de peixe, a seafood stew made with herbs, vegetables and coconut milk and served with a side of bacon fat cassava; as well as the feijoada, a beef stew served in a miniature cauldron and the salgados pastries (savory).

They’ve been open since 2006 and continue to be a to-go spot in Astoria for great food. They also have a few different areas to host private events which are quite nice! Oh, and they offer buy-outs, with capacity for up to 75 people.

Location: 3318 28th Avenue

www.favelagrill.com


#30 Beach Bistro 96

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Beach Bistro 96 Pasteis Empanadas

Beach Bistro’s tapioca was named one of the “85 Best Dishes & Desserts” in NYC. It’s been open for only a couple of years, but this Rockaway Beach eatery has proven to serve some of the city’s finest Brazilian cuisine.

Oh, for those that don’t know, Rockaway Beach is considered part of Queens. Yup!

Besides their beautiful, delicious tapioca (similar to crepes), Beach Bistro 96 serves excellent coxinhas, pastéis, picanha and feijoada. The husband and wife team that run the restaurant also make fresh juices like maracujá juice, an incredible passion fruit concoction, and guava juice.

Whether you’re about to hit the waves, or you’ve just finished a surf session, Beach Bistro 96 is a great spot to satisfy your craving for authentic Brazilian food.

Location: 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd

www.beachbistro96.com


#31 Aroma Brazil Restaurant

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Aroma Brazil

Located in Jackson Heights, Aroma Brazil is a cozy pay-by-the-pound spot that features all the Brazilian classics. You get to eat for a fraction of the price you would at the larger Manhattan Brazilian restaurants.

If you go, make sure to order the picanha (sirloin), the coxinha (croquette), feijão (beans) and farofa (cassava).

They serve lunch and  dinner and have everything from salads and pasta, to beef, chicken and a whole variety of traditional Brazilian dishes.

Location: 75-13 Roosevelt Avenue

www.facebook.com/Aroma-Brazil-Restaurant


#32 Copacabana Brazilian Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Copacabana Brazilian Grill

Copacabana serves delicious Brazilian barbecue buffet style, and charges as little as $7.49 per pound depending if you go for the meat (and is at most $10/pound).

Besides offering traditional Brazilian style meat, they also offer an excellent cut of lamb.

This Astoria spot has a legion of fans who rave about the food there, on countless websites. Just like their Queens competitors, Copacabana’s prices are modest compared to Manhattan Brazilian spots, but the quality of the food is comparable.

Location: 31-13 36th Avenue

www.copacabanabraziliangrill.com


#33 Rainhas Churrascaria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Rainhas Churrascaria

Rainhas Churrascaria is a popular all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse near Citi Field, in the neighborhood of Corona.

Best known for the picanha and the roasted pineapple. The interior is quite spacious and ornate, and features a waterfall panel on the windows.

Servers bring an array of meats – over 30 in fact – to your table to choose from. It includes pork, different cuts of steak, prime rib, spare ribs and lechon, among others.

Customers also really enjoy and talk about the service and the drinks.

Location: 108-01 Northern Blvd


# 34 Casa Theodoro

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Casa Theodoro Pizza

Casa Theodoro is a pizzeria and eatery in Woodside. They are famous for their Pizza Rodizio which, once again is a prix-fixe, all you can eat style. They also have a Pasta Rodizio.

The Beijinho is a Brazilian sweet made of condensed milk and coconut flake, but there they actually made a pizza with it! So, it can be a great option to try for dessert! Other options are Nutella, banana, merengue with strawberry and Nutella.

And still, the famous Romeo & Juliet, very traditional in Brazil, made with cheese, guava pasta and catupiry cheese.

For the folks that live close by, they also have 10% off if you order online! Check their delivery range online!

Location: 54-18 31st Avenue

www.casatheodoro.com


#35 Point Brazil

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Point Brazil Restaurant

Point Brazil was founded back in 2009 by the Ribeiro sisters and was chosen, in 2011, as a New York Times’ Critics Pick.

Elzi and Erli Botelho Ribeiro are originally from Bahia, one of the most famous states in Brazil, in the Northeastern part of the country. They offer buffet style and a la carte menu. It’s a great place to start off the day with a nutritional healthy breakfast.

Plus, you might also want to consider checking out the daily baked cakes from orange cake to gluten free banana cake. Yum!

Location: 38-01 31St Avenue

www.pointbrazilrestaurant.com


#36 New York Pão de Queijo

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Pao de Queijo Acaei Bowl

Last, but certainly not least, New York Pão de Queijo is truly authentic Brazilian food.

As you saw above, all these traditional Brazilian spots serves this “national passion” called: Pão de Queijo. In other words, the famous cheesebread. It’s hard to explain exactly what it is, so the way it actually trying one! Here, you’ll actually be able to order even ones with filling! Yum!

Disclaimer: They are addictive, so beware!

Clients commute from Manhattan and other spots to eat at this spot and continue coming back again and again!

Top picks are always the green sauce, the pão de queijo (obviously), the sandwiches and the burgers.

In addition, they recommend: “Reinvigorate yourself at our Brazilian restaurant with an Açaí bowl, composed with locally sourced fruits and a fresh blend of juices from strawberry, papaya to pineapple mint.”

Location: 31-90 30th Street

www.newyorkpaodequeijo.com


So, as we said, if you love Brazilian food and the culture, or if you want to know know where to eat in New York on a budget, explore these places!

Enjoy, and let us know in the comments below, which one you loved the most!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the venues and Dragan Lojpur

Zé Luis Oliveira: A Grammy Nominated Multi-Talented Musician

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Zé Luis Oliveira is a Grammy nominated multi-talented musician that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and becoming friends with! His journey is amazing and we’re now working on some pretty awesome projects together!

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A while back, I was invited by Zé Luis Oliveira to visit the Atelier Music Studio in LIC (Long Island City) – his music studio!

What!?!? You’ve never heard of Zé Luis? Well, you should! Let us help you out!

Zé is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.

I recently told him that I participated in a super cool tour with Siemens, showing how they helped build our NYC and that I had gone on stage at the Carnegie Hall (empty, of course), he said, “Super cool, Fê! I’ve actually played there around 5 times!” Hahaha! How cool is that!?

He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.

Then, in 2013, Zé Luis started producing and recording an amazing project called Trade Winds. It’s a series of music collaborations with NYC bassist and composer Matt Geraghty, that travel along the historic triangle trade route, exploring the history and evolution of music through improvised compositions. In addition, Trade Winds builds collectives of premier musicians in coastal cities looking to reveal a common footprint of music, rhythm and culture.

In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.

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Plus, Zé wrote and produced music featured in the Cannes Film Festival, TriBeCa Film Festival and in films like Rio, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda and A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan.

And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.

Phiuf!!! What a journey right? But, believe it or not, that’s not even 10% of what he’s actually done! You can take a look at his website below to know more!

In addition, he’s partnered up with us at Behind the Scenes NYC, so stay tuned to see how we’ll be shaking the streets of NY with him! Oh! He is also the creative mind behind the music featured on our YouTube intro video!!!! It was an honor, since he produced it exclusively for us!!!

And, if you haven’t SUBSCRIBED to our channel yet, what are ou waiting for!? So, come explore New York off the beaten path with me!

Plus, take a look to see a few pictures of secret music gig curated by us, called Sofar Sounds, where Zé Luis performed! By the end of his shows, guests were going crazy and clapping loudly!!!

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Studio’s Location: 27-28 Thomson Av. Suite WS2

Follow him on:

Facebook: /TheAtelierMusicStudio
Instagram: @ZeLuisMusic
Search his Hashtag: #TheAtelierMusicStudio

www.zeluis.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC and The Atelier Music Studio

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Namaste: An Indian Restaurant in Astoria

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I was always curious to go to Namaste, an Indian restaurant in Astoria. After visiting the place for the first time, I went back countless times and at every visit, I was surprised with their fantastic food!

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“Namaste”: that’s what you’ll say after eating at this cozy Indian restaurant in Astoria.

In the middle of the Greek part of Astoria I would never think of finding this Indian gem. I always passed by Namaste and contemplated its interior: elegant tables beautifully set with flowers, folded napkins and bamboo-ish placemats.

The waiters would always talk to me and invite to come visit them some day. I had never tried Indian food before, so I was always postponing the experience. One day my boyfriend decided to have a different style of dinner and asked me for suggestions in my neighborhood. That’s when Namaste popped up into my mind. I must say: it was the perfect choice!

As soon as we entered the venue, a nice and smiley waiter approached us and seated led us to a beautiful table. Every table is decorated with a gorgeous flower arrangement. It was casual and romantic at the same time.

When I saw the menu, I have to confess that I was a bit confused, since it was my first time at an Indian restaurant. I didn’t really know what to order. My boyfriend gave me some tips and I clarified all my questions with the waiter, who was always kind and willing to help.

I was getting more and more excited with all the options, but a few minutes later I had a winner: Chicken Biryani – tender slices of juicy chicken prepared with basmati rice and mild spices and served with raita (a minty sauce with a creamy yogurt base). I was in heaven!

The food was delicious and I started asking myself why I waited so long to have dinner at Namaste.

In addition, for appetizers we had Naan, a traditional bread and Baba Ganoush. I loved everything. I was afraid of having spicy food, at first, but it was moderated.

After that first night, I returned to Namaste many times for lunch and dinner and ordered different dishes. It’s really tasty and the environment is quite cozy. Since I do like pretty much everything there, I encourage you to order everything you’d like to try. If you check the full menu I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that matches your taste. They have many vegetarian options, too. For lunch they also have “all you can eat buffet” and you can try a great variety of food!

Oh, and you definitely don’t need to be a big fan of Indian food to enjoy this place.

And, for those who don’t live close to the restaurant it’s just off the N and W trains at the 30th Avenue subway station.

Enjoy and let us know what you thought about the place, on the comments below!!! We’d love to know!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 11:30 pm
Sunday: 11am – 11 pm
Lunch buffet: daily from 11am – 4pm

Location: 31-15 30th Avenue, Astoria

https://astorianamaste.com


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Namaste

So You’re Making The Switch To NYC – Are You Prepared? 

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If you’re thinking of making the move to New York City, you’re in good company. But, if you’re ready to make this switch to NYC, you have to be truly prepared. So, here are a few considerations!

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The year of 2017 saw a huge population increase as NYC gained 447,000 new residents, according to the city’s latest available figures. The Big Apple still has the diversity and allure it’s always had, and it shows, whether that be from new workers, retirees or births.

That being said, the culture in New York City is like nowhere else on earth. Other big cities can lay claim to similar energy levels and vibrancy, but the city is unique. Before you start exploring what New York has to offer, it’s essential that you plan fully to ensure you’re ready before the leap.

The biggest consideration: money

The number one consideration you need to make before moving to NYC is money. New York is not a cheap city; NYC rent averages at $2,698 for a one-bed apartment, or $1,212 for a room. This is already higher than much of the USA and indeed the world, beating out even London’s property market.

This shouldn’t deter you, but should form part of your budgeting. A deposit is likely to be expensive, but if you have a good salary lined up, obtaining the right advice on proper credit options is a potential for giving you some wiggle room.

You will also need a comprehensive budget for your daily outgoings. Groceries can cost up to two times what they do on average in America, and going out is expensive; a mid range meal could charge $40 per head, according to CNBC. This shouldn’t deter you – like living anywhere else, saving money and getting by is a case of being frugal and choosing your luxuries.

Salaries should help, too – Slate have reported that the average Manhattan salary is $66,000, over $20,000 above the national average.

Understanding the scale of the city

Despite it’s ultra-high-rise, congested-looking nature, New York is also incredibly expansive.

New York’s southern tip, Staten Island, is only 30 miles from the most northerly point, Wakefield; yet traveling on public transport would take 2.5 hours at least.

As a result, it’s not always feasible to pick up a job in Manhattan but expect to commute from what seems like a close direction. Research NYC public transit and don’t overextend yourself – it’s a big city and it’s best to take it slow.

Engaging with the city’s culture

Finally, make sure you have a good idea of New York’s culture. The city reflects its enormous diversity  through demographics – 40% are foreign born today, according to World Cities Culture Forum. The result is that no neighborhood is the same and that can be seen on every street corner.

Enjoy the culture, but be aware that your behavior and actions might be different on one part of city to the next and there’s a lot of variety to be seen and enjoyed.

New York City is a place that 8.5million people call home, and hundreds of thousands add to every year. Understanding the cost of the city, the culture of its residents and its scale is crucial to doing well. For someone prepared to take their time, plan and absorb the city, you stand to gain a lot.

Finally, if you have children, see why NYC is a great city for kids. Also learn about some curious facts about New Yorkers before moving to help you settle in faster.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
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: Courtesy of Redd Angelo

Narcissus Garden Installation by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden

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Yayoi Kusama is known worldwide for her impactful installations and art works! She now brings a fantastic work called Narcissus Garden to the Rockaways, at Fort Tilden, New York!

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I love everything Yayoi creates and her avant-garde spirit is truly inspiring!

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, the Rockaways will be bustling this summer with people coming to visit the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s new installation.

Narcissus Garden has 1,500 silver stainless reflective spheres installed inside a former train garage.

This is part of MoMA’s PS1 series named “Rockaways”, a yearly arts festival with the goal of recovering the area after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, back in 2012.

The installation will be live up through September 3rd!

Location: Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Far Rockaway, NY (Map below)


More about the installation:

MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s (Japan, b. 1929) site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden (1966–present) as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival presented with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden.

Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base.

The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966, when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale.

The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds.

Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1,200 lire (approximately $2) each.

The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of contemporary art, would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she transitioned from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City.”

For more infos, see MoMA’s website!


You might also want to see a video about Yayoi’s life! She is know for having quick a journey with a few mental health issues. But, what keeps her alive is surely her beautiful work!

So, if you also adore everything that Yayoi Kusama creates, than this is a must-go exhibition, so don’t waste your time and plan your day trip to the Rockaways!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat
Text Experts: MoMA’s website

7 Secret NYC Spots by Kelley Louise, A Travel Entrepreneur

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kelley Louise

Kelley Louise is a travel entrepreneur, Founder of Impact Travel Alliance and passionate about storytelling and social good! Come explore her favorite 7 secret NYC spots!

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I’ve known Kelley Louise probably for as long as I’ve been in New York City. I was introduced to her through a friend in common somewhere back in 2015.

Throughout these past years, I’ve been following her work and how she’s also changing the travel industry across the globe!

A travel entrepreneur passionate about storytelling and social good, Kelley specializes in creative marketing and social media management for clients in the travel and impact space. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Impact Travel Alliance – the world’s largest community for socially conscious travelers.

Kelley has built her career through carefully selected opportunities in the United States and abroad, including leadership roles in entrepreneurial endeavors, social good projects, marketing and media strategy.

A content creator herself, Kelley is an avid photographer and writer, and runs a travel and lifestyle blog, The Culture Collective – focused on travel & lifestyle, she showcases local gems and off-the-beaten-path adventures, and covers social good, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

A passionate connector, Kelley has an innate ability to build loyal and diverse communities.

Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in Media & Culture from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, and you can follow her adventures on social media Kelley Travels.

Now, take a look below and see her favorite 7 secret NYC spots!


League of Kitchens

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“Hands down, my favorite experience to recommend to New Yorkers and newcomers alike. League of Kitchens is an Airbnb-style format that offers you the opportunity to take a cooking class in an immigrant’s home. Nothing beats breaking bread and learning about someone’s culture through food.”

Pretty awesome, right? These amazing cooks host you + 5 people at their home and teach everything about their traditional cuisine from back home. Plus, you are able to go home with a detailed shopping list of what to buy and the recipes, so you can also cook at your own home.

Oh, it’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people!

https://www.leagueofkitchens.com


Nowadays

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kelley Louise Nowadays

“I’ve been a part of the Mister Sunday crowd since it’s early days in Gowanus Park, and it’s been amazing watching how Eamon and Justin have grown this community. Nowadays is their permanent outpost, which opened in 2017. Go for the music, stay for the good vibes and crowd.”

And I love it too! I’ve been there a few times and it just gets better and better!

The music is fantastic, there are a few food trucks so you won’t get hungry, drinks have super reasonable prices, you can be sure you’ll have a fantastic time and even get to meet a few new friends!

They’re located in Ridgewood, Queens, but it’s an easy commute through the L train to Halsey station.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – 12am
Thursday – 4pm – 2am
Friday – 4pm – Late
Saturday – 12pm – Late
Sunday – 3pm – 12am

Location: 56-06 Cooper Avenue

Other Infos:

  • Nowadays is always free except for indoors on Friday and Saturday nights, and indoors and outdoors every Sunday until 9pm.
  • The kitchen closes at 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and 1am on Friday and Saturday.
  • 2-for-1 happy hour runs from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday.

https://nowadays.nyc


LIC Landing

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kelley Louise LIC Landing Queens

“The magic of the NYC skyline never gets old, and LIC Landing is one of my favorite places to soak in the view. Bring friends and grab a drink – take some time to enjoy the slow(er) life in NYC.”

This beautiful, brand-new waterfront park at Hunters Point South, offers a 2000 sq-ft outdoor event space and a high-quality outdoor café.

It definitely has a priceless view of the city!

Try going before sunset and you’ll be able to witness Manhattan’s lights lighting up.

After all, we all know how beautiful this experience can be! While you’re around the neighborhood, be sure to explore close by spots like The Standing Room, a great bar and comedy bar!

Hours: Every day – 7am – 10pm (Summer Hours)!

Location: Center Blvd. between 50 Avenue and 54 Avenue

http://www.liclanding.com


Beer Street

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kelley Louise Beer Street

Beer Street is the bar that ruined all other beer bars for me — other bars just don’t compare. Somehow, all other menus just don’t compete with Cory (the owner’s) exceptional taste and attention to detail. Pro-tip: If you’re indecisive on what you want to order, follow Beer Street’s golden rule — Trust your bartender.”

Well, to start, they were chosen as “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars by Draft Mag” for the years of 2014 and 2015.

Located in Williamsburg, they have 10 taps with amazing draft beer, plus great wine, cider and other drinks.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 413 Graham Avenue

https://www.beerstreetny.com


Furnish Green

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“From the conventional to the quirky, Furnish Green has it all. My favorite vintage furniture store in the city, Furnish Green is great for finding anything from a well-designed dresser for your bedroom to a vintage carousel house (the latter of which I have).”

These guys are vintage experts! Every week you can expect 5-15 new items in the store. As they say, their philosophy is:

“To provide creative local consumers with unique, well-made, long-lasting and reasonably priced pieces of furniture.”

Pretty cool right!? Plus, in a city where most people buy at the same stores, you’ll be sure to have different items decorating your beautiful home!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Location: 1261 Broadway, Suite 309

http://furnishgreen.com


Bistro Petit

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“This is a big statement, but I stand by it: Bistro Petit is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s a charming little spot – only fitting about a dozen or so people into the entire space – and you can’t help but to fall in love. The cuisine is French/Korean fusion, and BYOB. For the perfect date night, bring a bottle of red, and sit on the bar stools for a view of the kitchen and sit side by side with your date.”

The owner and chef, Sung Park, is truly an artist, in the kitchen. His bold and innovative cooking style is surely what makes the difference for his guests, and obviously, what makes them come back.

Located in South Williamsburg, they explain that they only use only use the freshest seasonal ingredients, local produce, natural organics, grass fed beef, local fish, and free-range chicken.

Plus, for vegetarians, they have great options, so don’t worry about it! You can go and be sure to have a great time!

Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm – 12am
Sunday: 6pm – 11pm

Location: 774 Driggs Avenue

http://www.bistropetit.com


Erie Basin

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kelley Louise Erie Basin Jewelry Antiques

“An exceptionally well-curated collection of jewelry (both vintage and new pieces that were crafted using antique stones), pretty much everything you see at Erie Basin is one of a kind. Even if you’re not ready to invest in your next piece of fine jewelry, they’re worth the follow on Instagram for some daydreaming.”

Launched in 2006, the store is located in the far end of Brooklyn in a neighborhood we adore called Red Hook! They are “specialized in antique and vintage jewelry, but also have a selection of furniture, art, and objects dating from the 18th to mid 20th century.”

The brand is, up to date, basically a one-man show, and was founded by Russell Whitmore. An avid collector and antique lover, Whitmore launched in 2014 a fantastic collection around antique gemstones he has collected and many are exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 388 Van Brunt Street

http://eriebasin.com


Thank you to my dearest friend, Kelley Louise, for these truly amazing 7 secret NYC spots! I loved them all and will surely visit the ones I haven’t been to yet!

You should too, after all, exploring New York, through the eyes of true New Yorkers, is definitely the best way to do it!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Tutti del Monte, Clay Williams for The James Beard Foundation and all the venues.

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Creating And Recording Memories Through Photography in NYC

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Traveling to NYC is not only about fun times, but also about creating and recording memories. Let our award winning photographer take care of it all for you! All you have to do is enjoy.

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Many times we travel to the best places in the world and we forget to register some of the most amazing moments, right?

Or, during that fantastic time, just being responsible for registering everything can be more stressful than pleasant.

And still, during our daily life, moments are created, but not registered.

That said, we are excited to share another BTSNYC Experience with you! Our fantastic partner, an award winning documentary photographer is specialized in family photography, weddings and events.

This Brooklyn-based visual biographer, as she calls herself, will give you another perspective on all the special moments during a NYC trip, or even, during a day in your life (if you live here).

Please contact us for details and to book!


What is Day In The Life?

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For people who believe in recording memories of childhood for their kids, our partner photographer will do this job for you. How? By spending a day with your family capturing all the little moments that are the essence of who you are, but might be gone forever unnoticed because of how hectic our life is.

The “Day In The Life” experience is like building the bridge from today to the day in the future when you are going to miss today badly. And, then you’ll be able to cross this bridge in the opposite direction and find a comfort in it.

You’ll be amazed by how much love, hard work and appreciation goes into your everyday.

This session is fully documentary, which means: The Photographer does not give any directions, uses only available light, works extremely hard to capture the right moments.


This type of session is also great for capturing your NYC vacation!

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Listening to a street musician in Central Park, dining in Little Italy, taking a ride on Coney Island Wonder Wheel – those are such fun activities to experience, right?! But is it as much fun to also be responsible for capturing the precious memories? We don’t think so!

This session is such an interesting combination of a regular Day In The Life. It focuses on everyday moments that showcase the essence of a family, as well as personalities of each family member. And, a Vacation Session, where the focus is on the city and on travel adventures.

Imagine how awesome it would be to have a professional documentary photographer hanging out with you for a day doing her magic and then having an album full of authentic moments as a keepsake from your trip!


What’s included in Day In The Life package?

Day In The Life package consists of 3 components: “Captured”, “Printed”, “Downloaded”.

Captured” is your session fee that covers photographer’s time and talent during the session as well as post processing.

Printed” is the way your story is going to be presented in print. You can select a custom keepsake box with prints, photo book or photo album. “Printed” is always our clients’ favorite.

Downloaded” are your digital files. You can either purchase a smaller selection of the very best images from your day. Or, get all the good ones that will make you happy!

Please contact us for details and to book!


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