The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal
50 - 75 USD
Somehow, this warm little Brazilian café has been hiding in plain sight for over two decades. The white room’s clean décor, votive candles and jazz music keep it homey yet fashionable enough for the sophisticated downtown locals who regularly seem to populate it. Come here on a wintery night for a downright perfect bowl of canja di galinha, starring a rustic and flavor-packed chicken soup with string beans, leeks and rice. Alternatively, go for a bowl of tantalizingly spiced feijoada and find the accoutrements as delicious as the main dish itself—you can expect an array of creamy black beans, tangy orange segments, crunchy farofa (fried cassava), garlicky spinach and diabolically hot preserved red peppers. Desserts are appealing and very well priced.