Last night, I attended a media event at Fogo de Chão (on 53rd St.) to check out the new menu selection at their bar, Bar Fogo. Fogo de Chão is a popular Brazilian steakhouse known for its churrasco and I’ve heard about the brand numerous times from my friends and my co-workers, but this was my first time at the restaurant.
The first part of the event was a cocktail hour at the bar. The main star of Bar Fogo’s latest rollout is the caipirinha—a cocktail made from cachaça, a Brazilian liquor distilled from sugarcane juice.
My friend and I tried a few cocktails. Our favorite was the Strawberry Hibiscus Caipirinha because it was the least sweet (we both don’t really enjoy cocktails because of the sugar). I also had a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. I prefer red wine, but I’m definitely growing appreciation for the subtler white wine. I want to pick up a bottle of this Sauvignon Blanc sometime. It was very fragrant and pleasant to the palate.
In addition to the drinks, we had Brazilian bites. They had a slew of seafood for the media event (cocktail shrimp, lobster, crab legs and mussels) as well as sliders, hearts of palm & spinach dip, and empanadas—foods available during Bar Fogo’s Happy Hour. The bites were yummy. We especially enjoyed the Braised Beef Rib Sliders. The meat was tender and the caramelized onions added a nice kick of texture and flavor.
After the cocktail hour ended, all of the guests got treated to a full churrasco dinner, which is the true Fogo de Chão experience. We first got salad and fresh fare at Fogo’s Market Table and then happily dined on pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and a couple different cuts of beef, chicken and pork (there was lamb too, but I wanted to save belly room for beef, haha). My favorite one of the night was the picanha. We were served white wine (don’t remember the name) and red wine—a Fogo Gran Reserva Malbec (a Fogo de Chão brand wine). The Malbec was good—an easy and enjoyable drink.
After trying out the food and drinks and seeing the prices, my friend and I really want to go to Happy Hour at Bar Fogo ($4 bites, $8 cocktails, $6 wines, $4 beers!). It’s Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 PM, so I’ll try to hop on over on a day I can get out of work a little early…
And I would love to go back for their churrasco dinner too. Maybe when I’m having a group outing to celebrate something or when I want to treat myself. I’m going to be dreaming about that picanha…