2017-11-01 / Restaurant of the Week

RIO GRANDE BBQ

Rio Grande BBQ is celebrating its 1st Anniversary and owners Ricardo and Jill welcome you to try their delicious Brazilian style barbecue called churrasca along with their ever-changing variety of hot and cold items from the buffet and salad bar. You’ll find Rio Grande BBQ on the corner of Broadway and 37th Street, making it a great stop on your way home from the subway for a hearty, healthful meal, freshly cooked and ready for the taking.

The concept is simple; choose what you want from the extensive cold salad bar, hot buffet, and the sizzling churrasca and pay the very reasonable price of $6.99 per pound. The dining room and facilities at Rio Grande are spotlessly clean and the staff is super friendly and always smiling. The dining room has plenty of clean tables for dining in and families enjoy the casual setting where everyone gets to have their favorite dishes. You can also pack your food up to go at the same price.

Starting with the cold buffet, enjoy a variety of fresh salads including delicious ceviche seafood salad with shrimp, mussels, and octopus that have been marinated in citrus juices for a tangy starter. Start with a mound of fresh baby greens and layer on strips of grilled Portobello mushroom, avocado, grilled chicken, quinoa salad and more. Fresh vegetables make great side dishes for the meat and I just loved the cold beet salad and al dente green beans sautéed with baby carrots. Shredded collard greens are a healthy Brazilian dish, and these are served with sliced oranges for a lovely side. There are several kinds of dressing to drizzle on your salads too.

Rio Grande’s hot buffet includes a rotating variety of meat dishes, poultry, fish, and sides. I can’t get enough rice and beans in my life and you’ll find both white rice and brown rice to go with the savory brown beans. Beef stew is hearty over the rice or roasted potatoes, and the beef tripe is a traditional dish. Brazilian style sausage is sautéed with peppers and onions, perfect for soaking up with bread. Golden crisp filet of fish and house made empanadas are popular with the kids, as are the chicken quesadillas, cut into neat triangles for the the taking and enjoying. Sides include fried yucca, tostones (plantains), mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and more.

Rio Grande’s star of the show is in the intense heat of the churrasca, where 11 kinds of meats are cooked to juicy perfection. Brazilian sirloin called picanha slices like butter, as does the skirt steak. My sausage. Chunks of rump roast are wrapped in bacon for a decadent treat or try slices of the sirloin. Tender chicken is also wrapped in bacon, or enjoy chicken legs or hearts on their own. Since the meat is always rotating on the grill, you can request the temperature of doneness you prefer. The expert grill man slices it and cuts it for you into delectable bite size pieces for easy eating, then salts the meat and replaces it on the churrasca.

Rio Grande’s buffet costs just $6.99 per pound or choose meat alone for $9.99 per pound. There are set entrees with 3 sides that run between $8.99 and $13.99. They’re open 7 days a week from 11a.m. to 10p.m. for your dining pleasure. Sweeten it up with house made desserts that include cool, creamy flan with caramel sauce, passionfruit and mango mousse, tres leches cake, cheese cake, chocolate cake and more. Ricardo

is also the proud owner of Rio Market on 36th Avenue at 33rd Street, if that’s more convenient for you. The food is just as great, and so are the prices. Samba on over to Rio Grande for a buffet full of great food and sizzling meats off the churrasca. Happy 1st Anniversary!

37-02 Broadway  Astoria
347.832.0112

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