É boa pra caramba! Sounds of Brazil, aka SOB’s, has been a leading New York City supper-club venue for world music since 1982. Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and Seu Jorge have all appeared in this little corner of the tropics in SoHo. The Bossa Nova brunch on Sundays is a much-loved tradition. Bandleader Nanny Assis and his musical guests regularly evoke the dreamy, steamy, multi-hued artistic worlds along Brazil’s gorgeous coastline.
Fruit-kissed sangria is an ideal accompaniment to Bossa Nova sounds – and happily, the $24.99 prix fixe brunch features a bottomless pitcher. Various sangrias are poured, including white sangria, which, when good and cold, is as palate-pleasing as the more widely-known and appreciated red sangria.
The butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin pepitos and crème fraîche is a favorite starter, the flavorful soup velvety in texture. The red pepper dip served with assorted empanadas has a pleasant kick – if you like your dips muito picante, tell your servers to make it for you as hot as they like it for themselves.
The Brazilian national stew, Feijoada, offered as a brunch main course is authentic and very good, if perhaps too heavy for most diners’ brunch-time inclinations. The ginger-lime snapper in a banana leaf is served with grilled vegetable compote, oven-roasted sweet potatoes and tropical slaw. We’ve ordered this dish twice. Both times, the snapper was moist, fragrant and fresh – no small thing for city seafood on Sunday. Another characteristic main course is the Ipanema classic steak and eggs, a spice rubbed shell steak with farm fresh eggs, sweet fried plantains, white rice and beans. If you’re more in the mood for the breakfasty side of brunch, there’s the banana-stuffed French toast with streusel topping and warmed maple syrup, served with home baked ham.
We like the creamy simplicity of the caramel custard flan for dessert. Additional options include empanadas with chocolate and banana — served with cinnamon cream — and passion fruit mousse with tropical fruit compote and macadamia nut crunch. As said before; Sounds of Brazil — É boa pra caramba!
Brunch at SOBs $24.99