72 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 366-8410
Primary Phone: (212) 366-8410
Casa Brazilian Restaurant
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: South American, Caterers, Family Style, Brazilian, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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07/31/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Cuscuz Paulista - I ordered a shrimp cake with couscous* and got a burial mound for the shrimp king. Have you ever been to those burial mounds in Asia – I have seen them in Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan and China – they look like miniature hills or baby mountains, whichever size depending on the power of the deceased kings. Many of these burial mounds remain unscathed and unexcavated despite the prying modern curiosity largely because the experts are not sure if they can win the race against decomposition to preserve whatever is inside when the graves were opened. Not to mention, there is the engineering nightmare of how to support tons of dirt and rocks topped with trees without having it all collapsing over the experts and grave diggers and re-burying them with the lonely and long-deceased royalties (although I am sure they would appreciate some new company after hundreds of years of solitude, or, after an everlasting dreariness of the same faces of the sacrifices).
To tackle on this kingly shrimp mound requires similar unwavering determination and discipline. Finishing off the wondrously fresh and plump shrimp protecting the tomb was quick and easy. However, what do you do with the rest of the man-made mountain? Tentatively, a small piece was cut to test the ground: Quite picante, the cake tingled and left a small fire in my mouth so that I needed a follow-up bite to round it off. Have you noticed that when you eat something spicy one is never quite enough? You need one after another to quench the fire and to keep it burning at the same time. This schizophrenia, I have named as the “domino effect” of spicy food. Nonetheless, by the fourth bite of chipping off the sides of the mound, I was faced the same question as countless adventurers and archaeologists before me: Where is the treasure? If the buried treasure is the prize for digging into the earth, then what would be the treasure of digging into the shrimp cake – the shrimp king and the queen and the whole shrimp family? The shrimp Indiana Jones started to feel a creeping self-doubt: I would not find the lost shrimps. Despondent and dejected, yet I was still left with ½ of the mound intact. Perhaps the shrimp royalty was securely and secretly housed in the other half by the careful chef of Casa to hinder the likes of amateurs like me from finding the prize; however, chunks of the spicy corn cakes were turning into mud cakes in my stomach and prevented me from any further digging. After another unsuccessful tackle with the mound, I started to realize that the texture of the shrimp cakes were, in fact, quite similar to the real mud cakes which I created in my grandparents’ backyard – the same consistency and the gritty texture…
For the future grave diggers, I recommend taking a few of these shrimp cakes to accompany your arduous physical labor as one cake would be able to fill the stomachs of a whole team.
*By the way, by couscous, the Brazilians actually mean the corn meal, not the smallest Moroccan pasta in the world, as I had found out.
11/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
You don't have to worry about going to Casa. There is no such hurries to get yourself in the Best of Brazilian Food.
Don't ever listen to those curious and bad liver guys who don't feel the special and indulgent atmosphere of brazilian to make you feel at home. And the food!!! Unforgetable. Bellieve. Indulge yourself in a night that would stay forever in your heart and mind!
12/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am Brazilian and just came back from dinner at Casa. Unfortunately, I left very disappointed and will never go back. The location is very charming and cozy. The starters are very good, the entrees are good but the desserts mediocre. THE SERVICE IS AWPAULLING!!!
I decided to take a friend for dinner. We arrived at 7:30 pm for dinner when the place was empty. By 9pm the place was packed and before we finished dessert, the waiter dropped the bill on our table. We kept eating. Just as we finished having dessert, the waiter collected the dishes, the glasses of water and asked if we could pay the bill!!!!!!! Unbelievable. I was still working on my caipirinha. After two minutes the waiter asked again if we could pay and leave as there were other people waiting at the bar. I said I was going to finish my caipirinha, so he asked me to finish drinking it at the bar!!!!!!! I told him that no. He asked me how long I've been living in NYC and explained that this is very common in restaurants here. (I've been living here for five years and have never been asked to pay the bill and leave before even finishing my meal.) UNACCEPTABLE, RUDE BEHAVIOR. I will never go back and recommend you don't go there unless you want to have an unpleasant evening. It was embarrassing...
11/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Got there at 5:30 on a Sunday, the place wasn't empty because we were there, otherwise it would have been empty. We were two and waiting for two others, they asked us to wait at the bar. I told the waiter (who looks like a lolipop and was wearing a shirt that says SAPPORO - please...) that he could only be joking. He said ""No"". I told him we were going to seat and the told me ""We usually don't do that"". Tell you what, I don't even know why I stayed in this despicable place that doesn't even serve good food and debates ""rules of engagement"". My rule of engagement is that if it is reasonable to seat two waiting for two others, it's really not a big deal. OK, enough of these incompetent staff, let's get to the food. The appetizers are basically the only thing you should have here. I went to Casa many times (forced by friends) and tried pretty much everything. Stay away from the entrees, they are heavy and don't taste good. To start with, Brazilians don't eat feijoada and muqueca for dinner, it's too heavy. Please avoid at all costs the beef strogonoff, they have a problem with that, seriously. I can do better at home. Beef strogonoff is very simple to prepare: sliced beef, onion, worcestershire sauce, cognac, mushrooms, cream. I am having a hard time understanding how they f%^&* up such an easy dish... The ""complete salad"" that costs $15 is composed of 1/6 of a heart palm stick and maybe six sleeves of the lettuce you find at Food Emporium. Please. Oh, and the place is very expensive. So good luck!!
11/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
the best word to describe casa is decadent. its so unbelievably rich and delicious and expensive that its perfect for the right occasion, such as congratulating a worthwhile accomplishment, celebrating an anniversary, or simply to ensure a truly memorable experience with whomever is joining you. its impossible to not have a wonderful dining experience here.I would recommend to anyone.
11/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had been there once before and it was decent and figured why not since we could get a Friday night reservation. Well, thought is what we thought we had. They called at 5:30 the night of to confirm and we called back before 6. They said that they had given away our table for the 9:15 reservation. They even lied to us and said they had called 4 hrs ago when it was less than a half hour. I mean do they not know how phones work in this world. Unbelievable. Avoid at all costs!
08/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ate there with a party of four last week. Two of us are Brazilians. Bottom line is that the menu is representative of Brazilian cuisine but the food has a watered-down-for-Americans taste to it. Pretty room, but FAR too noisy to be able to maintain a conversation; indifferent service, not particularly friendly. Excellent drinks. Better food is available on 46th Street, but setting is not as nice. Would consider returning, but only on a night that is not as crowded and noisy.
06/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
CASA IS AWFUL. Trust me... I go out in the city A LOT! And CASA IS BLOODY AWFUL. I mean what hell kinda hole is this? There were no chairs. My friend and I had to share a chair while we were there with a party of 4 others. What kinda sh!t show are they running there? The staff is far from human... they arent accomodating at all.. even after tonnes of begging for another chair. DONT EVER WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS PLACE.. ITS THE SIZE OF MY CLOSET, STAFF IS RUDE, AND YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SHARE A SEAT ALL NIGHT. All for nothing. The food is avoidable.
Dont waste your $$$$ here.. do yourself a favor and go elsewhere..
05/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love this place my brother and I found Casa one day after work looking for a place to eat on the West Village. I'm so glad we went in, I felt as if I was back home in South America in my grandmother's house eating. So amazing the juiciest pork chops I have ever had. We've been back since to celebrate birthdays and also just to enjoy a good time with family. I completely recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy some amazing Brazilian food.
04/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Casa is my favorite restaurant in New York -- it's charming and cozy, good for a romantic dinner (come earlier in the evening, when the restaurant is quieter), a meal with a friend, or even a larger group (I've hosted two dinner parties here for groups of 10-15). I've dined here dozens of times, and it's never once disappointed.
The food is perfect -- like a hearty, home cooked brazilian meal. Among the appetizers, don't miss the shrimp cake and the yucca fries. My favorite entrees are the moqueca and the xinxim. The coconut-plum pudding for desert is stellar.
I've had caipirinhas in many bars in many cities in the world, but the ones here are hands-down the best outside Brazil -- real cachaca and just the right mix of sweet and tart.
Be warned: the service can be leisurely, but they're always obliging. Definitely make reservation -- Casa fills up fast.
Was taken here on a business dinner by a Brazilian business acquaintance on a Monday night and really enjoyed it. He ordered for us and picked out some really excellent dishes. I ordered the Chilean Carmenere Gran Reserva that came slightly chilled and was oh so delicious. What a value! Was I really in Manhattan or was this a dream? We started with some bean soup that came out in what appeared to be an espresso shot glass. A watery, pungent, spicy brown bowl of delicious. My entree was an organic chicken dish with sides of rice and okra. The chicken was garlicky and so soft it fell of the bone. Really tasty. Did I mention how good the wine was? The desert was a flan that had some kind of coconut in it. The coffee drink was somewhere in between an American coffee and an espresso in an espresso tasse - quite good as well.
The only negative was that we were right next to our neighbors. Oh right, we really are in Manhattan.
Highly recommended. But please wear Deodorant : )
Anything I have eaten or drunk at Casa ranges from good to excellent. However, the wait times for a table, even with a reservation, are excruciating. The staff is extremely slow but they are also very pleasant. Overall, the experience is like taking a trip to Brazil - things are very slow, but ultimately worth the wait. And even though I am a Manhattanite, I keep going back!
07/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The service here is very poor - we had to repeatedly flag down waiters for any service, no-one ever came by to check if things were OK (which they weren't) and after the meal we sat for 20 minutes before the plates were cleared (again only because we flagged down a waiter). After all that the woman who seemed to be in charge was argumentative and generally uninterested.
All in all not a good experience. This is a small restaurant, they literally have to walk past every table to service any other table. There is no excuse for such amateur mistakes with premium pricing.
Food is fine, but there are so many places to eat in NYC this one is not worth a visit.
06/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Oh my god. This place is sooo good especially if you go when you're hungry.
I went there Friday night so the place was already crowded and loud, which I don't think is ideal for this kind of small space. I will defnitely try to go on a night when it's quieter.
Other than that, we ordered delcious drinks and a fantastic shrimp tamale-like appetizer.
Loved the main dishes which gave HUGE portions but didn't compromise on quality. My date ordered the garlic filet-mignon and it was so juicy delicious.
Because the place was so crowded they actually needed to give up our seats to waiting customers, but they were so kind about it, offering us drinks and dessert at the bar on the house for the inconvenience. I will definitely go here again when I'm really hungry and in the mood for something that hits the spot.
06/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After packing in to Casa to grab a bite to eat with 2 other friends we managed to squeeze up to the bar for a glass of wine. The interior of Casa can best be described as quaint and romantic, although the small bar (hardly large enough for the 3 of us to gather around) made manuvering difficult. Once seated our taste buds were in for a treat. I shared the national dish of Brasil with a friend and it was a symphony of flavors. The portions are large but what they have in quantity they surely do not lack in taste. It did get a bit loud as our dinner commenced - I blame the Saturday night crowd and the flowing drinks - but I didn't find it to hinder my conversations. Overall Casa is a wonderful restaurant with wonderfully prepared traditional cusine. I will be back again and again.
04/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I eat out A LOT! And this is so far the best food I have ever eaten in NYC... i ordered the ""national dish of Brasil"" ansd still dream about it... the drinks were amazing as well. Just one thing... go hungry! portions are huge! Everything was fresh and so tasty. Just made reservations again and can't wait to go back.
12/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Casa really stands out in a neighborhood where every other restaurant is exactly the same. Charming ambience, great food, delicious sides and appetizers. The service really pushed the cocktails but was pleasant in general. Also not expensive. I will definitely return.
07/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I'm from Brazil and have been to all Brazilian restaurants in the city. This the most genuine brazilian food in nyc with a very cozy atmosphere. Unlike a churrascaria, it is authentic home cooking. Doesn't get more delicious than this. The caipirinhas and pao de queijo, which are rarely authentic in nyc, are perfect. The picanha, filet mignon, and frango com quiabo entrees are very good. So is the side of beans. All of the desserts are delightful. And the musical selection includes classics you normally dont hear outside Brazil.
(By the way, the review below, from avyanakos, is ridiculously pretentious for a very un-pretentious restaurant. The food doesn't ""meld together as perhaps intended""? ""not distinguishingly brazilian""? Please, unless you are a Brazilian chef, cut the boloney)
04/11/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Stumbled across Casa last night for dinner. The atmosphere was warm and inviting - though we were there at about 10pm on a Monday - I imagine that had it been an hour earlier or a weekend night, the small space would not have been very accommodating.
Overall the service wasn't bad. But the food? Really just not impressed. In NYC, notably the competitively posh neighborhood that harbors Casa, it's not often that I leave a meal with only a middling impression.
In many of the dishes, flavors dont seem to meld together they way they are perhaps intended. The black bean soup for instance has an overwhelming alcohol undertone to it and the meat dish we tried didnt have any attributes distinguishingly Brazilian.
Still though the atmosphere has a compensating romantic air to it, and despite lackluster fare it was an enjoyable evening