More Than Brazilian Buffet
By Luann Dallojacono / email@example.com
For those Huntington residents anxious for a way to sample
the culinary delights of eastern South America, look no further.
Marcia’s Kitchen is bringing Brazilian cuisine to Huntington
The informal eatery and churrascaria opened in August. Its
greatest draw is its flexibility and variety. Patrons can
chose one of two dining styles. One is a buffet featuring
a cold salad bar, several hot specialties, and a counter where
customers can chose from a variety of rotisserie–style
meats roasted over a charcoal fire and sliced right in front
of them. The dish is then weighed at $7.95 per pound.
The other option is to dine “rodizio” style ($22.95).
Patrons can take what they desire from the buffet, and then
chefs come tableside to present and carve a variety of skewered
meats. You can chose whatever you like, as much as you like,
as often as you like.
Owners Magdy and Regina Elsirgany hail from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Regina comes from a family with a long tradition of cooking
and culinary expertise. She named the restaurant after her
sister Marcia, an excellent cook who still lives in Brazil.
Prior to opening Marcia’s Kitchen, the Elsirganys ran
a successful Brazilian restaurant in Roslyn Heights, but wanted
to open a smaller business so they could provide more variety
and fresher food on a daily basis.
Marcia’s Kitchen is up and bustling during the day.
Already a popular lunch spot, patrons can enjoy a quick and
affordable meal and be back in time for their business meeting.
Come nightfall, the lights dim and candles adorn the table,
creating for a much more intimate setting.
The buffet features collard greens, salad fixings, vegetables,
beans, rice, and potato and pasta salads. Of particular note
is the salpicao salad with shredded chicken, raisins, and
One of Marcia’s specialties, the chicken croquettes
are a must-have, as is the fresh tilapia in coconut milk.
Eggplant is a popular choice among patrons, sometimes fried
and sometimes rolled and stuffed. Other buffet hot dish highlights
included sausage in a spicy tomato sauce and clams stuffed
What makes the restaurant most unique is the variety of meats,
each marinated differently for a unique and exceptional taste.
The rotisserie offers chicken drumsticks, turkey breast in
bacon, skirt steak, outstanding top sirloin, tender sirloin,
short ribs, spare ribs, sausage, and lamb. People also can
buy a half chicken ($8.95) or a whole chicken ($12.95), including
sides, to bring home.
For dessert ($3.50), a light and fluffy mousse is the perfect
ending. For those who prefer custard, the sweet and creamy
flan covered in a lightly sweet caramel sauce is a fitting
Perhaps the most comforting thing about Marcia’s Kitchen
is that the staff is just as praiseworthy as the food. The
friendly staff is read to guide you through the buffet or
explain the types of meats offered. The Elsirganys are equally
as accessible and welcoming, chatting with customers.
Marcia’s kitchen also caters and hosts private parties.
Now, they’re just waiting on their liquor license.
There is truly something for everyone at Marcia’s Kitchen,
and the menu is changed from day to day and lunch to dinner.
So far Marcia’s Kitchen has only been advertised through
word of mouth, but its food speaks for itself.
10 New Street
Cuisine: Authentic Brazilian cuisine.
Atmosphere: Casual, friendly, intimate
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;