For A Taste Of Brazil, Try Copacabana
31-13 36th Avenue Astoria
Since Copacabana opened five years ago, it has blossomed from a small pizzeria, churrascaria and take-out bar to an expansive eatery that occupies nearly the whole block now. This rapid growth is due to the popularity of the fresh Brazilian cuisine, led by an incredible selection of grilled meats.
Besides the goodies from the grill, Copacabana offers customers a hot and cold buffet and dozens of choices of hot entrees each day, reflecting the diverse culinary aspects of Brazil. There are always plenty of fish dishes, chicken, pork and beef, as well as fresh vegetables, potatoes, and, of course, rice and beans. I like the idea of the buffet, where I can sample many different dishes, such as Copacabana's chicken and corn stew, ladled on a mound of savory rice. Fried fish fillets were crisp and golden, while the sauted fish was juicy and flaky. The French fries are irresistible and the mashed potatoes and gravy are creamy and good. The smell is delicious and this food really sticks to your ribs.
Besides the good food, another attraction is the reasonable cost. For the hot buffet and salad, you pay just $3.99 per pound. Add the barbecued meat to that and pay just $4.99 per pound. You can even order assorted barbecued meats alone for $6.99 per pound, which actually costs less than buying the meat yourself and cooking it. Besides, you could never replicate the flavor from the rotisserie grill at home.
The salad bar is filled with fresh, crunchy green salad, potato salad, beets and tomato salsa, with several choices of dressing. Help yourself and pay accordingly. Either way, you can order exactly what you want and eat there, or, as most of the clientele do, take it home to enjoy with the family. Don't forget to try one of their homemade desserts, such as the passion fruit mousse, which was delicately sweet and lighter than air. Creamy flan made of coconut or pineapple lends a tropical note to your meal. Soft drinks imported from Brazil add to the flavor, too. The food at Copacabana really satisfies you. Free delivery is available for pizza orders.
Copacabana is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can't miss their green awnings, just downstairs from the 36th Avenue stop on the N elevated train. For great pizza, Brazilian style barbecued meats and a full hot and cold buffet to eat in or take out, visit Copacabana.