Have a Look Around Brazilian Underground Lair Botequim

Appetizers include all manner of Brazilian tapas, including cod croquettes, meat pies, prawns, and sausage.
Appetizers include all manner of Brazilian tapas, including cod croquettes, meat pies, prawns, and sausage.
All photos by Adam Robb

If you're looking for somewhere to hunker down underground and gorge on suckling pig and cachaca until the next World Cup, you might want to check out Botequim (132 Fourth Avenue; 212-432-1324), the long-anticipated clubhouse from the restaurateurs behind Tocqueville and 15 East that's located inside the Hyatt Union Square.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, that's because chef Marco Moreira previewed his Brazilian ambitions earlier this summer with a tournament-spanning pop-up. Slow-cooked pig and hulking cuts of tender short ribs then served as specials on Brazilian game days, but now, hearth-roasted meats are the nightly attraction, their scents wafting from the muraled back dining room's open kitchen. Subtle sweetness permeates the beef, including a tangy grilled Brazilian sausage and melt-on-your-tongue pastelzinhos, bite-sized meat pies, that are a more precious take on the bites you'd expect to find in any corner botequim across Brazil.

Hearth-roasted short tibs at Botequim, now open at the Hyatt Union Square.
Hearth-roasted short tibs at Botequim, now open at the Hyatt Union Square.

Botequim is the Portuguese word for the nation's ubiquitous pubs, and the three communal farm tables dominating the front room mean to evoke that camaraderie, serving as a place to pop in after work to snack on cheese bread and over spiced and fruity house-infused cachacas and caiprinhas, while the back room's better suited for rib steaks paired to the strong South American wine list.

The restaurant opens tonight.

Have a look around on the next page.  

Follow the stairs down through the Hyatt's Fourth restaurant to reach Botequim.
Follow the stairs down through the Hyatt's Fourth restaurant to reach Botequim.
Three communal tables fill the downstairs restaurant's front room.
Three communal tables fill the downstairs restaurant's front room.
Botequim's cocktail menu features a variety of caiprinhas and infused cachacas.
Botequim's cocktail menu features a variety of caiprinhas and infused cachacas.
Botequim's back room walls are lined with murals by East Village artist Mark Mazurkiewicz.
Botequim's back room walls are lined with murals by East Village artist Mark Mazurkiewicz.



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