Neighborhood: West Village, 72 Bedford St. (at Commerce St.)
The scoop: On a quiet corner tucked in the West Village, the Brazilian eatery Casa is known for its authentic meals and cheap brunch prices, so we stopped in one Saturday morning. Simple decor, much like a little white stucco country side casa goes along with its quiet, cozy and intimate atmosphere. It was not crowded during brunch.
The service was a bit spotty and not super attentive. The server was also unwilling to accompany one of the guy’s requests for an iced coffee. It’s not on the menu, but he simply asked if they were willing to just pour hot coffee on ice since it was 90+ degrees out. The server replied, “I cannot do that because it’s not traditional Brazilian.” Even if this is the case, it was just frustrating about how it was handled and the attitude the server gave us.
Coconut Water $8 / Freshly carved and served in a coconut
Totally refreshing! It came served in an actual coconut; however, the coconut was not really cut well and we had to keep cutting sections out in order to drink all of it. I am still on the fence about the cost value of it, but I can definitely say it was thirst quenching.
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Ovos poche com presunto, batatas assadas e salada verde $12.95 / Eggs Benedict with Applegate’s farm ham and roasted potatoes and green salad
This dish was pretty standard, there wasn’t anything overly amazing about it, but we enjoyed it. The perfectly poached eggs were stacked over a few layers of ham and English muffins. The hollandaise sauce oozed over them. The side salad with hearts of palm, tomatoes, onions in a light vinaigrette was really fresh. The side potatoes were not soggy – bonus!
Picanha com 2 ovos a sua escolha $18.95 / Brazilian cut steak and eggs
This dish is not to be overlooked as your average steak and eggs. The Brazilian way to cook steak by leaving a layer of fat on is key. There is an abundance of flavor as a result. It was a small portion, but every bite was enjoyable, and I would go back for this, but probably at dinner. The eggs come anyway you want. I chose scrambled, and they were nice and fluffy. The salad mentioned above was included with this dish as well.
The final bite: Overall, the food was average, except for the Picanha dish. I would recommend coming here during dinner instead of brunch. The portions are larger, and you get more traditional Brazilian cuisine and atmosphere.
Reviewed by: Erica