A Taste Of Brazil On New
By Danny & Karenfirstname.lastname@example.org
got a makeover, and we approve.
Owner Magdy Elsirgany has turned Marcias Kitchen into
Rio Bar and Café, a spot for a la carte dining as opposed
to the once buffet/rodizio, or traditional Brazilian barbecue
style of dining. Rodizio will be coming back, manager Jasmine
Kracht said, and a second-floor room is being reworked to
serve as a lounge and party room.
We dined with Kracht at Rios well-stocked, upscale bar,
which boasts South American specialties like sangria ($8 glass,
$32 pitcher) and draws guests to eat and converse in the bright,
inviting dining room. The refreshing yet potent recipe is
owner Elsirganys own from Brazil, Kracht said. Fans
of stiffer libations should also consider the caipirinha ($8),
a cachaça rum creation accompanied by sugar and muddled
After drinks, Kracht brought out a South American classic
cold ceviche ($9), a zesty, bright dish of shrimp and
baby scallops in lemon and lime juices, onions and cilantro.
Next up were warm, filling Yucca Croquettes ($4) with seasoned
beef inside, and hand-made pastels ($4), best known as empanadas
around much of South America. They come filled with either
cheese or beef, and both are served with Brazilian vinaigrette.
Wine is $8 per glass, $32 for the bottle, and the selection
includes some truly unique items, like Calina carmonere from
Chile, which is a truly unique red wine with spicy, fruity
notes weve not experienced in many others. A lighter,
sweeter choice for red wine fans would be the equally impressive
The wine sampling set us up well for the main course. Moqueca
($16.95), a seafood stew with fish and shrimp, is presented
in a unique coconut milk sauce with green herbs, onion and
tomatoes. The bright red sauce is much milder than one would
expect, and the flavors complement each other well and highlight
the fresh fish. A skirt steak special ($20.95) is well seasoned
with peppery flair and comes with julienne vegetables and
Caramel flan ($5) makes for a wonderful closing conversation
piece sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, it satisfied
our sweet tooth without going overboard. And speaking of sweet,
check out Rios $7.95 tilapia, grilled shrimp or skirt
steak lunch specials, along with what might be a Foodie first:
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to dinner through March 18. Hanging with the Foodies does
have its perks, after all.
10 New Street, Huntington
Atmosphere: Bright, cozy neighborhood hangout
Hours: Sunday-Thursday noon to 9:30 p.m.;
Friday & Saturday noon to 11 p.m.