Brazilian in Centro & Praça Mauá

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With its tall ceilings, exposed Edison bulbs, lounge-like music and chunky wooden tables, Mironga channels a Brooklyn vibe, which is unsurprising given the owner has deep NYC connections. Aesthetics aside, the food is excellent, with a wide-ranging menu of Moroccan-style couscous salads, mushroom and filet mignon risotto, grilled dishes (picanha, salmon and chicken breast), pastas and quiches.