By Bruce Northam

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Midtown Manhattan’s Subterranean Reprieve

Fogo de Chão—a Brazilian Steakhouse

I love being in situations where it’s nearly impossible to make a culinary mistake. In most restaurants, you order, and then your entrée is parked upon your table and that pretty much defines your experience. At Fogo de Chão, the circulating waiters swing by your table to slice your preference of 16 different cuts of prime fire-roasted meats. It’s all about revolving options at your own pace.

Gaucho–slicing!

Behind the scenes, the knife-wielding waiters—gauchos—who roam the restaurant are also grilling the individual skewers of your meat. You turn the meat service on and off by flipping the coaster on your table. When you’ve had enough filet mignon, prime sirloin, sausage, or chicken parked on your plate via your personal tongs, the gourmet salad bar (30+ items) is available to satisfy any other cravings. Fogo de Chão also has an enormous selection of wine, including its own signature label.

Fogo de Chão’s Midtown location, 53rd street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, doesn’t conjure up intimate images of leisure, and there’s nothing about its nondescript façade to lure you in. But, inside, 30-foot ceilings and sweeping staircases create a modern museum atmosphere—then add the fabulous aromas. Adding to the ambiance is the friendly staff, many who are Brazilian. The staff to customer ratio is unheard of in most other city restaurants. This is the company’s 22nd opening in the U.S., and a true escape from hurried Midtown Manhattan. 

This Brazilian steakhouse experience means no commitments—or regrets. Visit fogodechao.com or call 212 969 9980.