Eat and Drink Brazilian food NYC: Caipirinha, feijoada, more By Meredith Deliso August 2, 2016 4:36 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email All eyes turn to Brazil this week, with the Summer Olympics kicking off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Though sports is the main affair, we at amNewYork can’t help but turn our attention to food. And if you’re looking to celebrate the Games’ 2016 host with some traditional eats, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to Brazilian fare — and where to find it in New York City. Pao de queijo Photo Credit: Padoca Two words: cheese bread. This popular Brazilian pastry (which essentially translates to cheese bread in Portuguese) is a popular pastry with breakfast, dinner or as a snack. It's typically made with yucca or tapioca flour -- making it naturally gluten-free -- and, for the cheese, Parmesan or minas. It's easily the bestseller at the year-old Padoca Bakery (359 E. 68th St., 212-247-4080), a Brazilian spot that serves pao de queijo -- or PDQ, as it's abbreviated there -- on its own and also in sandwich form, with fillings such as tomato and cream cheese. The newly revamped brunch menu offers more options, too, such as PDQ egg sandwiches. Brigadeiro Photo Credit: My Sweet Brigadeiro Brazilian cuisine isn't without its sweets, especially desserts that incorporate papaya and passion fruit. One of its most popular confections is brigadeiro, a truffle- or bonbon-like treat made with chocolate, condensed milk and butter that's covered in ingredients like pistachios, almonds, coconut and sprinkles. There are several bakeries that specialize in the little balls, too, including Brigadeiro Bakery (156 Sullivan St., 917-740-5772), My Sweet Brigadeiro (57 Porter Ave., Bushwick, 347-689-4402) and Little Treats (retailers listed at littletreats.nyc). Feijoada Photo Credit: iStock Brazilian cuisine varies regionally, with influences from such areas as Africa, Germany and, of course, Portugal. Though there are a few staples -- one being feijoada. The black bean stew is typically made with beef or pork and has been called the national dish of Brazil. Find it in NYC at Favela Grill (33-18 28th Ave., Astoria, 718-545-8250) in Queens' Little Brazil neighborhood; Ipanema Restaurant (43 W. 46th St., 212-730-5848) in Manhattan's Little Brazil; and Esperanto (145 Ave. C, 212-505-6559). Caipirinha Photo Credit: Fogo de Chao Considered the national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha is a sweet concoction made with the Brazilian spirit cachaça, sugar and lime. "If drinking a caipirinha for the first time, never drink it on an empty stomach or sitting down -- when sitting down, you don't realize you're getting drunk," advises native Brazilian-turned-New Yorker Tiba Vieira. "And be careful if you have a Brazilian preparing your caipirinha because Brazilians love to get people drunk." Order the concoction with care at Miss Favela (57 S. Fifth St., Williamsburg, 718-230-4040), a "Brazilian boteqium"; pan-Latin restaurant Yuca Bar (111 Ave. A, 212-982-9533); and Brazilian chain Fogo de Chao (40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980), where one whole lime goes into each caipirinha. Meat feasts Photo Credit: Fogo de Chao The Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, is famous for its indulgences. Vegetarians will find something to order from the salad bar, but it's really about the endless supply of meat -- picanha, filet mignon, beef ancho, chicken, lamb, pork and so on -- sliced onto your plate. Come hungry (and don't pull a rookie move and fill up too much at the salad bar) for all-you-can-eat prix fixes at Churrascaria Plataforma (316 W. 49th St., 212-245-0505) and Fogo de Chao (40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980). By Meredith Deliso Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Experience Brazil right here via food, music and moreFrom Little Brazil in Manhattan to a traditional botequim in Brooklyn. Best Brazilian food, according to BraziliansThree Brazilian natives choose their favorite NYC spots for Brazilian fare. Make this recipe for pao de queijo from Fogo de Chao If you’re in a Brazilian restaurant or bakery, pao de queijo is likely on the menu. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.