The 2016 Summer Olympics might still be years away, but that hasn’t stopped the Rio de Janeiro swoon from starting — especially when it comes to food and drink.
(In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rio is the host city for the games.) Case in point: New York’s Churrascaria Plataforma, which has already seduced one well-known food personality with its authentic Brazilian cooking. The restaurant’s picanha cut — top sirloin dusted with sea salt before a delicate turn on a skewer in a 700-degree rotisserie grill and then sliced directly off the pole — is so sublime that Food Network personality Rahm Fama recently stopped by to learn the chefs’ secret. Mum’s the word on whether the chefs cooperated, but it’s probably a safe bet that the experience was enough to make Fama feel that much closer to our soon to be favorite South American city by the sea. Plus, we now know the perfect spot for ordering up a taste of Brazil. Because if it’s good enough for Fama, it’s good enough for us. (It’d probably make for a pretty sweet meal to eat while we’re watching the 100-meter backstroke too.) 316 W. 49th St., (212) 245-0505, www.churrascariaplataforma.com