Top ChoiceBrazilian in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Maní

Rustic-chic Maní will astound you. Run impeccably by the 2014 Veuve Cliquot World's Best Female Chef, Helena Rizzo, it's often rightfully touted as Sampa's best Brazilian restaurant. The inventive slow-cooked egg...

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A Casa do Porco

Chef Jefferson Rueda's casual temple of swine is a wonderful descent into all things pork. Delicious and decadent specialties such as porco san zé (R$48 per person) offer the full treatment, carved from an...

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Tuju

Delicate flavors and unconventional Brazilian ingredients inventively spun to delight your taste buds are hallmarks of top chef Ivan Ralston, who still greets and chats to foodies despite his recent fame as the...

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Shin-Zushi

Barely a blip from Paraíso metro station is this outrageously good and authentic sushi hotspot where brothers Robinson and Ken Mizumoto execute an exquisite, daily fresh menu of motherland-worthy raw fish that...

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Mocotó

It's worth the trek to Zona Norte for a meal at this darling of regional restaurants, where the city's most likeable and impressive young chef took over his father's simple emporium and started churning out...

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Futuro Refeitório

A former Pinheiros parking lot has been transformed into this unapologetically trendy canteen that bills itself as the future of eating. Indeed, low-key chef Gabriela Barretto has a vision: scale back on...

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Feijoada da Lana

Lana, a journalist by trade, and daughter Luísa, offer their hugely popular version of feijoada, Brazil's national dish, inside a smallish Vila Madalena house. Production here isn’t as elaborate as at more...

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Tordesilhas

Chef Mara Salles creates some of the very best contemporary Brazilian cuisine in the city at dependable Tordesilhas. There is a palpable lean on specialties from the Amazon such as pato no tucupí (roasted duck...

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Komah

Set well off the culinary eaten track in Barra Funda, friendly Chef Paulo Shin (a D.O.M. alum) nevertheless draws in droves for his authentic Korean comfort food. There's an amazing kimchi bokumbap (creamy omelet...

Top ChoiceBahian in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Patuá da Baiana

It's expensive; we probably shouldn't even include it, but the experience at Bahian beauty Bá's 'secret' underground restaurant in her own home is just too priceless. You must call ahead and know someone who...

Top ChoicePizza in Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Around

Leggera Pizza Napoletana

Brazilian-Italian-American pizzaiolo Andre Guidon imports everything humanly possible from Italy – and this small, family-run affair epitomizes the Brazilian-Italian diaspora. The 20 individual-sized, uncut pies...

Top ChoiceSushi in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Kan Suke

Sushi superman Keisuke Egashira speaks broken Portuguese, arriving a few years back after 23 years at Tokyo's Sushi-Kan. This uneventfully simple, raw-fish powerhouse hidden away in a nondescript shopping plaza...

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Bráz Pizzaria

This Pinheiros pizza Paulistana warrior will leave you questioning (for a minute, anyway!) if pizza ever originated elsewhere. Do as Brazilians do: keep the Brahma draft beer (chope) coming while engaging in a...

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Carlos Pizza

This intimate Vila Madalena pizzeria has been scooping up citywide pizza awards and its novel concept makes for a quick explanation: Neapolitan-style tradition and sensibility but forged with farm-to-table...

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Speranza

One of the oldest and most traditional pizzerias in the Italian neighborhood of Bixiga, where the Tarallo family has been serving serious pizza since 1958. Perfect meal: the life-changing bruschetta appetizer,...

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Lamen Kazu

It's not as famous (or cheap) as its nearby rival Aska, but take the hint: the 99% Japanese clientele should tell you something. The fiery Kara Misso Lamen (spicy broth and spiced pork in addition to the usual...

Top ChoiceBrazilian in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Capim Santo

Top chef Morena Leite turns out excellent regional Brazilian fare, with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, served in a relaxed, beautifully Brazilian indoor-outdoor space. The excellent weekday buffet...

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Estadão

This classic Centro lanchonete (snack bar) serves working folk's meals at all hours, but its signature pernil (pork loin) sandwich, smothered in the cheese of your choice (provolone!) and sautéed onions, is one...

Top ChoiceBrazilian in Avenida Paulista, Jardins & Around

Jiquitaia

Accolades abound for upstart Brazilian chef Marcelo Bastos and his affordable entry-level into contemporary Brazilian cuisine. Pick any three courses at this cute and cozy bistro-style restaurant to...

Top ChoiceGelato in Pinheiros, Vila Madalena & Around

Bacio di Latte

Most folks crave burgers and fries after a late night of being overserved in Vila Madelana, but if your sweet tooth is calling, the neighborhood outlet of Sampa's best gelato has you covered. In addition to the...