Newark, NJ 07105
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Street
- Take Out: Yes
May 26, 2011
Just off of Ferry Street in Newark’s Ironbound , the heart of New Jersey’s Portuguese and Brazilian community, Boi Na Brasa Churrascaria is tucked in the back of a small shopping center. The restaurant is not as big or as flashy as other Brazilian steakhouses, but you will leave Boi Na Brasa (“beef on the grill”) with a belly full of satisfying meats, and some money still in your pocket.
Boi Na Brasa has a full menu of Brazilian dishes – Feijoada (black bean stew with pork), Picadinhos (grilled meat cubes), Muqueca de Peixe (fish stew) – but we visited for the Rodízio – grilled meats of all kinds, sliced off of long metal skewers at your table. Pay one price and the friendly servers will keep offering you more meat until you beg them to stop. Our group ate grilled chicken thighs (very good), pork sausage, beef short ribs (excellent), sirloin steak, roast beef, filet mignon wrapped in bacon (need I say more?), skirt steak, and chicken hearts (not as tasty as Peruvian anticuchos), all in one sitting. Not only do you get all the barbecued meat any carnivore could hope for, you get the salad bar that includes salad (unnecessary IMHO), mango slices, rice, beans, feijoada, fried yucca and plantains, among other things. My advice: go easy on the salad bar and pace yourself with the meats. Don’t worry, the meat keeps coming, so you don’t have to say yes to every round. If you have any space left, the flan and fruit mousses are very good.
The restaurant is bigger inside than it looks from the outside, with about 15 tables for four. You can’t see the entrance from Adams Street. It’s in the back corner of a shopping center next to a Casa do Pao de Queijo bakery. The decor is Brazilian rustic, with brick walls, wooden beams on the ceiling, and some great murals on the walls, including one (above) that will give vegetarians nightmares. Service is fast and attentive. Many customers speak Portuguese, but English works fine too. Prices are reasonable compared to other, fancier, Brazilian BBQ joints. Note, however, that an automatic 15% service charge is added to your bill.