It’s great when you discover a delightful restaurant near a museum, because what makes for a better NYC outing than dinner and a museum? MOMA has long been my favorite museum, and I recently dined at a delicious spot directly across from its 53rd Street entrance: Foco do Chão. Foco has been a staple in the Brazilian Steakhouse scene for a while, famous for its churrascaria experience, which offers a never-ending parade of fire-roasted, high-quality meats presented table side. But as a vegetarian, what really excited me was their new outdoor dining experience, dubbed The Patio at Bar Fogo, and menu, which is both affordably priced for Midtown and loaded with delicious selections, friendly for a variety of dietary restrictions. Don’t worry carnivores, there’s plenty of meat on the outdoor menu to quell your cravings, too!
The Patio is perfect for al fresco dining while watching pedestrians stroll by to and from their offices, tourists go in and out of the museum, and local neighborhood folks walking their pint sized pooches. Unlike so many other outdoor dining spaces in Manhattan, this one doesn’t feel cramped–the tables are large and have comfortable chairs, and are spaced far enough away from each other that you aren’t privy to the group next to you’s conversation. Win! They also have large umbrellas, perfect for keeping out the summer rays.
A few of the food options you’ll enjoy are: the Linguiça Sandwich ($12.50) with blistered Brazilian sausage, onions and mozzarella and the Churrasco Plate ($16-$20) with the choice of Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Lamb Chops or Brazilian Spice-Rubbed Chicken. If you’re just in the mood for a substantial snack, stop by for Happy Hour (Monday – Friday; 4:30 – 6:30 pm), with options such as Picanha Sirloin Sliders ($10) on signature gluten-free pão de queijo rolls and Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers ($15) with a chimichurri sauce. My favorite dish from the Patio? Hands down the crispy parmesan polenta fries. I ate two plate full before being like, “Ok Jess, too much of a good thing…”
Next time you’re at MOMA, instead of fighting the crowds to eat in the museum’s restaurant, hop right across the street to enjoy a delicious meal at The Patio at Bar Fogo. And, don’t forget to order one of their delicious drool-inducing caipirinhas.