Williamsburg’s Beco has flown pretty much under the radar during the month it’s been open — maybe because it’s located in a sort of Williamsburg-Greenpoint netherland, but also because the owners wanted to keep the place a neighborhood secret while getting it off the ground. Rather than a full-blown restaurant like Miss Favela, David Giddings says he and his partners envisioned it as a modest São Paolo boteco, where you can laze about while popping made-to-order pão de queijo and sip cocktails made with fresh passion fruit and pressed sugar cane. As Giddings describes it, the décor harks back to the days of Pele, and “doesn’t scream ‘Brazil’ in your face, but it’s more like what a boteco is — a real hangout.” Starting next week, you’ll be able to hang there during a brunch that will include açaí and granola, omelettes, bife a cavalo (Brazilians refer to their steak and eggs as “steak on horseback”), and a feijoada that’s prepared over the course of two days by a Carioca chef, Casia Steinberg (Fabiane Lima, the Brazilian owner of Fabiane’s, also consulted on the menu). While we wait for the brunch menu, take a look at what’s for dinner, and watch the slideshow for a peek inside.
Caipirinha: muddled fruit, sugar, and cachaça (classic-lime, pineapple-mint, strawberry-basil, passion fruit) w/Pitu $8, w/Leblon $10
Caipiroska: muddled fruit, sugar, and vodka
Batido de Coco: coconut milk, condensed milk, cachaça, shaved coconut $8
Whiskey & Coconut Water $8
Mixed Drinks $7
Beers: Brahma $4, Corona $3, Guinness $5, El Presidente $4, Hoegaarden $5
Wine: Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc 2008 $6/gl $22/b
Leyda Valley, Chile
Alamos Chardonnay 2007 $7/gl $26/b
Bodega Carlos Pizzorno Tannat-Merlot $5/gl $18/b
Vina Carmen Carmenere 2006 $6/gl $22/b
Valle Rapel, Chile
Jelu Malbec 2007 $7/gl $25/b
San Juan, Argentina
Bodegas Muga Rose 2008 $8/gl $28/b
Poema Cava Brut NV $6/gl $22/b
Caldinho de feijao: Hot carioquinha bean soup $4
Caldo Verde: Potato soup w/collard greens $4, w/Chorizo $6
Salada da Roca: Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, hearts of palm & red onions, with lime & olive oil dressing $8
Pao de Queijo: Cheese bread from Minas Gerais $4
Joan d¹Arc: Linguiça (Portuguese sausage)finished w/cachaça $6
Berinjela: Rustic eggplant dip served with pita $4
Kesley¹s salpicao: Chicken salad w/green apples, carrots, raisins & shoe string fries $9
Bauru: Sliced filet mignon w/queijo prato & tom. on baguette $9
Beiruth: Smoked Turkey w/lettuce, tomato, queijo prato & Turkey bacon on pita bread $8
Choripan: Rustic Argentine Chorizo on Portuguese roll $6
Vegetariano: Roasted vegetables w/sundried tomato pesto on multigrain $7, w/Minas cheese $9
Prato Feito (choose 4) for $9
Farofa: Toasted yucca flour $2
Beans: Carioquinha $3
White rice $2
Couve: sautéed, chiffonaded collard greens $4
Abobrinha: sautéed, julienned zucchini $3
Open: Mon-Wed 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Thurs-Sat 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Cash Only.
For parties of 6 or more, we add 20% grat. Obrigado!
Beco, 45 Richardson St., nr. Lorimer St.; 718-599-1645
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