While Fogo de Chao sniffs of tourism (there's something a little Country Buffet about the people milling about the salad bar), it tastes of meat, and lots of meat at that. The Brazilian steakhouse, known for its beef-heavy offerings, serves a $48.50 per person fixed-price menu that's worth every penny provided you leave stuffed (even feeling mildly full isn't enough). Diner kicks things off with a trip, or five, around the salad bar. Replete with tasty eats with a few more calories than your average smattering of lettuce, it's wise to go easy on the oil-soaked sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella balls. After all, you want to save room for the main event.
A quick flip of your coaster from red to green signals that you're ready for meat, and do be prepared: At this "churrascaria," the gaucho way of roasting meat (over pits of open fire) meets with rapid-fire service. Men touting meat-filled skewers quickly swarm about you, asking if you want a hefty slice of filet mignon, pork tenderloin, bottom sirloin, top sirloin, lamb and more. Return the coaster to red to take a break, then return it to green several times as you make the slow, mouth-watering trek to bursting at the seams.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz