Executive chef Marco A. Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky, the owners of One Five Hospitality (Tocqueville, 15 East, and The Fourth) have opened Botequim, located in the Union Square area.
The restaurant is named after traditional neighborhood restaurants found in Moreira’s native Brazil. It offers traditional Brazilian cuisine, with attention to detail, and an ambience where décor and music aim to bring a piece of Brazil to New York City.
Black Sea Bass and Prawn Moqueca. (Courtesy of Botequim)
In addition to standbys like house-cured baccala (salt cod fritters), suckling pig roast, and pao de queijo (cheese bread), Moreira offers molqueca, a classic Brazilian stew that he recreates with black sea bass, and prawn in a fragrant broth of tomato, coconut, dende oil, and fresh coriander.
The wine list draws primarily from Brazil and the rest of South America.
132 Fourth Ave. (at 13th St.)