Restaurant Review: Fogo de Chao

Details: Located at 40 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://fogodechao.com/

Fogo de Chao is a restaurant that mainly does Brazilian barbecue or churrascaria. This means that waiters come around with meat on large skewers and cut off slices of it for you. At Fogo de Chao, they give you a piece of cardboard with red on one side and green on the other. Green means “more meat waiter,” red means stop. It is all you can eat, but there are also individual entrees if you choose to go that route.

I came here for restaurant week with some friends. Normally it is around $60 per person if you choose the all you can eat option (which i recommend because it is fun). However, it was around $40 for restaurant week with the exclusion of certain cuts of meat.

When you first walk in, you can’t help but admire the space. It fits 400 (as per the fire code posting out front). But has multiple… levels. As if it were designed by Kramer from Seinfeld. The top level was a decent bar area. Next level down was the entrance. The next level was a wine rack. The bottom level was the seating area and salad bar. It was an impressive space.

In regards to meats, there were many to choose from. Different cuts of pork, beef and chicken, served from medium to rare. It was all very good. However, since it is all you can eat, we pigged out. An as much as I enjoyed it, after a few servings, meat all ends up tasting the same; grainy, chewy, relatively flavorless.

The appetizers are worth a mention. They give unlimited servings of fried polenta, plantains, and mash potatoes. The best appetizer was the cheese bread…aw man. That cheese bread. Somewhat fried and full of cheese. So goooood. I pretty much abused the unlimited cheese bread as much as I would the cheese bread at Red Lobster, which means I ate a lot of cheese bread.

There was also a pretty decent salad bar, where the noteworthy things were the two kinds of charcuterie, smoked salmon, and large wheel of Parmesan cheese. It was ok.

Score: 6/10 Pretty good. You come here mainly for the novelty of churrascaria. It’s fun to eat with friends. It is not high end cuisine, and eating this much meat is not only unhealthy, but pretty tasteless after a couple of servings. Like eating a tender belt.

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