Via Brasil

★★★★☆
  • 34 W 46th St 1

    New York, NY 10036

    Cross street: nr. Sixth Ave.

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  • 212-997-1158

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The food is just amazing, high top quality Brazilian food. Service staff is very friendly as well. I tottaly recommend this place!

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★★★★★

The food is just amazing, high top quality Brazilian food. Service staff is very friendly as well. I tottaly recommend this place!

Pros: food quality, service

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If a restaurant's atmosphere is bad, then it should redeem itself with good service. If the service is bad, then it should redeem itself with good food. If the food is bad, then it should redeem itself with low prices. If the prices are bad . . . OK, let's just say Via Brasil should spend a little less time overcooking my filet mignon and a little more time redeeming itself.

1
★★☆☆☆

If a restaurant's atmosphere is bad, then it should redeem itself with good service. If the service is bad, then it should redeem itself with good food. If the food is bad, then it should redeem itself with low prices. If the prices are bad . . . OK, let's just say Via Brasil should spend a little less time overcooking my filet mignon and a little more time redeeming itself.

Cons: food,pricey

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I seem to be off the beam. Last review I offered, I gave 5 others gave 2. This one most give 4-5. I am hard pressed to give 1. We dined 4/19. My Partner is in a wheelchair. There are 4-5 steps down to the patio/dining room. No ramp, no offer of help from any staff . Thank God she's small. I carried her down the steps as staff (and Diners) looked on. That should have been the tip off, but we were hungry, tired & thirsty. After providing the evening's entertainment, we waited 10 minuets to be acknowledged by staff. Another 15 to give a cocktail order. We requested menus 2x's & inquired after our cocktails 3x's. The menu looked good so we stayed (I also wasn't quite ready to lift & carry). Despite the service, we placed out entire order at once or we would have left after the 3rd cocktail inquiry. We began w/Casquinha De Siri. We are still not certain where (or if )the crab is located. Lots of breading & a Hellmans-Velveeta-esque sauce. Salada Tropical- The few bits we tasted were sour,stale,& musty/moldy. So glad we filled up on mayo, velveeta, & mold. Thinking that we would have a wonderfull authentic experience, we ordered the "Brazilian National Dish". We counted exactly 1 rib, 1, approx. 2" piece of sausage, & a few chunks (we assume were rice) and something slimy & gelatinous we think were supposed to be collards. The dish was bland, greasy, & just plain bad. Silly me, I tried to order another cocktail. Again 3x's. We finally left (slow learners apparently) after requesting the check - you guesed it, 3x's. Again, no offer of assistance. However, based on the large group of people ( friends of the owner?) drunkenly & loudly taking up the majority of the patio & who were being served (actually served) wonderfull looking & smelling dishes which, when we inquired, we were told were "not available " & the location so close to Times/Tourist Square, I am sure that this place will survive. Horrible food. Zero service.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I seem to be off the beam. Last review I offered, I gave 5 others gave 2. This one most give 4-5. I am hard pressed to give 1. We dined 4/19. My Partner is in a wheelchair. There are 4-5 steps down to the patio/dining room. No ramp, no offer of help from any staff . Thank God she's small. I carried her down the steps as staff (and Diners) looked on. That should have been the tip off, but we were hungry, tired & thirsty. After providing the evening's entertainment, we waited 10 minuets to be acknowledged by staff. Another 15 to give a cocktail order. We requested menus 2x's & inquired after our cocktails 3x's. The menu looked good so we stayed (I also wasn't quite ready to lift & carry). Despite the service, we placed out entire order at once or we would have left after the 3rd cocktail inquiry. We began w/Casquinha De Siri. We are still not certain where (or if )the crab is located. Lots of breading & a Hellmans-Velveeta-esque sauce. Salada Tropical- The few bits we tasted were sour,stale,& musty/moldy. So glad we filled up on mayo, velveeta, & mold. Thinking that we would have a wonderfull authentic experience, we ordered the "Brazilian National Dish". We counted exactly 1 rib, 1, approx. 2" piece of sausage, & a few chunks (we assume were rice) and something slimy & gelatinous we think were supposed to be collards. The dish was bland, greasy, & just plain bad. Silly me, I tried to order another cocktail. Again 3x's. We finally left (slow learners apparently) after requesting the check - you guesed it, 3x's. Again, no offer of assistance. However, based on the large group of people ( friends of the owner?) drunkenly & loudly taking up the majority of the patio & who were being served (actually served) wonderfull looking & smelling dishes which, when we inquired, we were told were "not available " & the location so close to Times/Tourist Square, I am sure that this place will survive. Horrible food. Zero service.

Pros: Zero

Cons: Every aspect of this establishment

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I'm Brazilian and this was may third time to via brazil. First time I went there was three years ago and I didn't dislike the food. I went back over one year ago and the food was excellent. I went back last week and sadly realized Via brazil is no longer aBrazilian restaurant. They have turned themselves into a fiasco where most of their dishes are now suitable to belong to anything other than a Brazilian restaurant. To be honest, from the three times I've had dinner there, this time I had the worse food. Service was attentive and the restaurant staff friendly as usual. Prices are too high - they've always been- and the wine list seems to be getting more expensive everytime. Next time I want brazilian food I will go somewhere else and I recommend anyone who goes there to ask your waiter to be honest and tell you what is really Brazilian on the menu. It's worth a try on their promotion day though. You can't expect much for $25, can you?

1
★★☆☆☆

I'm Brazilian and this was may third time to via brazil. First time I went there was three years ago and I didn't dislike the food. I went back over one year ago and the food was excellent. I went back last week and sadly realized Via brazil is no longer aBrazilian restaurant. They have turned themselves into a fiasco where most of their dishes are now suitable to belong to anything other than a Brazilian restaurant. To be honest, from the three times I've had dinner there, this time I had the worse food. Service was attentive and the restaurant staff friendly as usual. Prices are too high - they've always been- and the wine list seems to be getting more expensive everytime. Next time I want brazilian food I will go somewhere else and I recommend anyone who goes there to ask your waiter to be honest and tell you what is really Brazilian on the menu. It's worth a try on their promotion day though. You can't expect much for $25, can you?

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Via Brasil offers incredible Brazilian food in large portions for high, but fair prices. The location is great, close to Broadway. The appetizers are interesting, and all of the meat entrees are so tender and juicy you'll definitely want to come back.

5
★★★★★

Via Brasil offers incredible Brazilian food in large portions for high, but fair prices. The location is great, close to Broadway. The appetizers are interesting, and all of the meat entrees are so tender and juicy you'll definitely want to come back.

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We have birthday party last week, we paid around $50 per person. The service was bad, never remember what we asked for. food came out slow. We order fish, I found 80% are potato inside. We order shirmp, I found only 4 small shirmp, the rest of it are pineapple... when we order a check to leave, we request 4 times.. waste us 20min to bring us the BILL.... we will never go there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have birthday party last week, we paid around $50 per person. The service was bad, never remember what we asked for. food came out slow. We order fish, I found 80% are potato inside. We order shirmp, I found only 4 small shirmp, the rest of it are pineapple... when we order a check to leave, we request 4 times.. waste us 20min to bring us the BILL.... we will never go there again.

Pros: Live Music

Cons: Food and Service

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Delicious steak and fish
Very reasonable prices... $250 for 6 people
Seated at time of reservation
Amazing service
Prime location
Will def be back

2
★★★★☆

Delicious steak and fish
Very reasonable prices... $250 for 6 people
Seated at time of reservation
Amazing service
Prime location
Will def be back

Pros: great food, price, location

Cons: not as much variety

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It's no bargain, but few of the Brazilian establishments in midtown are. The interior is nice (though the air conditioning could have been a lot stronger -- it was too warm in there both times I went), and the service is good. Everyone was very satisfied with the taste of their food, although the portions varied depending on the dish. The chicken portions were big, though the seafood portions were small. For example, the shimp stew was delicious and the shrimp tasted very fresh, but it was a $19 entree and had only five medium-sized shrimp. Another person had the steak, and found the cut to be rather skimpy as well (though very tasty). I've been to several other midtown Brazilians and this is one of the better ones. The caipirinhas are well made, too. A band plays on Fri/Sat evenings. Additionally, the space is a bit cramped.

2
★★★★☆

It's no bargain, but few of the Brazilian establishments in midtown are. The interior is nice (though the air conditioning could have been a lot stronger -- it was too warm in there both times I went), and the service is good. Everyone was very satisfied with the taste of their food, although the portions varied depending on the dish. The chicken portions were big, though the seafood portions were small. For example, the shimp stew was delicious and the shrimp tasted very fresh, but it was a $19 entree and had only five medium-sized shrimp. Another person had the steak, and found the cut to be rather skimpy as well (though very tasty). I've been to several other midtown Brazilians and this is one of the better ones. The caipirinhas are well made, too. A band plays on Fri/Sat evenings. Additionally, the space is a bit cramped.

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Everything about this place was fantastic. The food the staff, the atmosphere, the music were all great. We were seated immediately on a Saturday night and our waiter was very friendly, joking and laughing with us. The paella is excellent as is the Bife a baiana. I would highly reccomend this place.

2
★★★★★

Everything about this place was fantastic. The food the staff, the atmosphere, the music were all great. We were seated immediately on a Saturday night and our waiter was very friendly, joking and laughing with us. The paella is excellent as is the Bife a baiana. I would highly reccomend this place.

Pros: food, atmosphere, staff

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Via Brazil has been my best latin dining experience in New York City, and is my new favorite restaurant. My first time dining, I ordered this friend codfish which was amazing! I also spoiled myself with the exquisite black bean soup and a caiparina. Delicious. Afterwards, I topped it off with the mouth watering banana fritas, yum! On another excursion, I ordered the Stroganoff De Frango. If you are looking for suculent chicken smothered in the most delicious cream sauce ever, this is your dish! Served over a bed of rice, it was what made me a Via Brazil addict. The waitstaff is very very nice as well as knowledgeable about the food. Sometimes there is a piano trio that leaves much to be desired, but as a jazz musican I am picky about what music I listen to. I would definitely reccomend this for a number of situations.

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★★★★★

Via Brazil has been my best latin dining experience in New York City, and is my new favorite restaurant. My first time dining, I ordered this friend codfish which was amazing! I also spoiled myself with the exquisite black bean soup and a caiparina. Delicious. Afterwards, I topped it off with the mouth watering banana fritas, yum! On another excursion, I ordered the Stroganoff De Frango. If you are looking for suculent chicken smothered in the most delicious cream sauce ever, this is your dish! Served over a bed of rice, it was what made me a Via Brazil addict. The waitstaff is very very nice as well as knowledgeable about the food. Sometimes there is a piano trio that leaves much to be desired, but as a jazz musican I am picky about what music I listen to. I would definitely reccomend this for a number of situations.

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Nice Waitstaff, Value for your money

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At first sight, looking at the exterior, I wasn't impressed. Walking through the door was like walking into a fairy tale. The decor and ambiance are warm and inviting. The wait staff were among the most attentive and gracious I have ever encountered (it made the whole experience that much better)! The fare was absolutely delicious. It was my first time eating Brazilian and I couldn't have been more pleased. The portions are large and oh-so-tasty. Via Brasil is highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

At first sight, looking at the exterior, I wasn't impressed. Walking through the door was like walking into a fairy tale. The decor and ambiance are warm and inviting. The wait staff were among the most attentive and gracious I have ever encountered (it made the whole experience that much better)! The fare was absolutely delicious. It was my first time eating Brazilian and I couldn't have been more pleased. The portions are large and oh-so-tasty. Via Brasil is highly recommended.

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Three adults and a kid, and everyone loved the food. One of us lived two years in Rio, and two of us are world class cooks. Yet despite high standards, we were filled and thrilled by shared churrascu, moqueca, and vatapa.

2
★★★★★

Three adults and a kid, and everyone loved the food. One of us lived two years in Rio, and two of us are world class cooks. Yet despite high standards, we were filled and thrilled by shared churrascu, moqueca, and vatapa.

Pros: Good food, Good service, Nice ambiance

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Via Brazil is a nice little restaurant in the concrete jungle of midtown and it obviously caters to the corporate lunch and theater dinner crowd. The food is authentically Brazilian (one of my dining companions is Portuguese). I had the paella which was pretty decent, my friend had the mariscada (seafood stew) and her boyfriend had the feijuada (cured beef & bean stew) which were both pretty good. The wait staff was knowledgeable, prompt and polite.

2
★★★★☆

Via Brazil is a nice little restaurant in the concrete jungle of midtown and it obviously caters to the corporate lunch and theater dinner crowd. The food is authentically Brazilian (one of my dining companions is Portuguese). I had the paella which was pretty decent, my friend had the mariscada (seafood stew) and her boyfriend had the feijuada (cured beef & bean stew) which were both pretty good. The wait staff was knowledgeable, prompt and polite.

Pros: No waiting for table, Prompt polite service, Decent food

Cons: No scene

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I've visited Via Brazil many times and it is consistently wonderful. The standout of the Brazilian restaurants on 46th St. I recently chose Via Brazil as the venue for a first date and it didn't let me down. Both the food and the service were great. I particularly loved the Vatapa which was a daily special. The best I've had.

Via Brazil will continue to be my resaturant of choice when my mood swings towards Brazilian.

2
★★★★★

I've visited Via Brazil many times and it is consistently wonderful. The standout of the Brazilian restaurants on 46th St. I recently chose Via Brazil as the venue for a first date and it didn't let me down. Both the food and the service were great. I particularly loved the Vatapa which was a daily special. The best I've had.

Via Brazil will continue to be my resaturant of choice when my mood swings towards Brazilian.

Pros: Wonderful Food, Friendly Wait Staff, Good Value

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Great service! We were seated and served very quickly. Pot roast was good. Romantic atmosphere. Elegant service. Very clean restaurant.

2
★★★★★

Great service! We were seated and served very quickly. Pot roast was good. Romantic atmosphere. Elegant service. Very clean restaurant.

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Good atmosphere, great drinks, excellent food, and reasonable prices. Definitely on my short list of favorite and frequent dining places in NYC.

2
★★★★★

Good atmosphere, great drinks, excellent food, and reasonable prices. Definitely on my short list of favorite and frequent dining places in NYC.

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visited via brazil for the first time,we had only one hour to dine before the theater, they were great. the food was excelent, they were quick without rushing us.we'll go back again.

jerry diamond

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★★★★★

visited via brazil for the first time,we had only one hour to dine before the theater, they were great. the food was excelent, they were quick without rushing us.we'll go back again.

jerry diamond

Pros: good parking, curtious service, food

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I went with my boyfriend who is Brazilian, and we both loved the food. I recommend the seafood - the Mariscada was wonderful. My date had the mixed grill, which was a medley of different meats, and he loved that also. The atmosphere was charming, and nice for a quiet dinner. Our server was very helpful and friendly and we'll definitely return here soon.

2
★★★★★

I went with my boyfriend who is Brazilian, and we both loved the food. I recommend the seafood - the Mariscada was wonderful. My date had the mixed grill, which was a medley of different meats, and he loved that also. The atmosphere was charming, and nice for a quiet dinner. Our server was very helpful and friendly and we'll definitely return here soon.

Pros: Delicious Food, Good Service, Nice atmosphere

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This place is perfectly sized - not too big and not too small. The atmosphere is romantic and intimate - and the live band on certain days is the perfect addition. The shrimp dishes are amazing, and the drinks are wickedly potent. This is a perfect spot for a date or to catch up with a friend. Viva brazil!

2
★★★★☆

This place is perfectly sized - not too big and not too small. The atmosphere is romantic and intimate - and the live band on certain days is the perfect addition. The shrimp dishes are amazing, and the drinks are wickedly potent. This is a perfect spot for a date or to catch up with a friend. Viva brazil!

Pros: live music, tasty cuisine

 

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