Alfama Restaurant – Portuguese Flavor in Midtown Manhattan
ALFAMA restaurant brings Portuguese flavor to midtown Manhattan with a modern twist on the classics. The restaurant derives it’s name from Alfama , the oldest district in the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal, whose quaint neighborhoods have inspired poets, novelists and most notably the famous, yet melancholy Fado songs that are known so well throughout the world.
The West village in NYC, often referred to as “Little Bohemia” has also inspired many writers, poets and artists. These two neighborhoods have very distinct similarities, but who would have known that they would also inspire the name of a restaurant owned by two men who were born in different continents.
Tarcísio Costa is from Brazil but his great grandparents were from Leiria Portugal. Miguel Jerónimo is from Lisbon, Portugal. They met in 1993 while working at the United Nations in New York City. The two friends soon discovered they shared a mutual passion for Portuguese cuisine and thus began their journey to bring those authentic culinary flavors New York City. Ten years ago, they opened their restaurant in the bohemian neighborhood of the West Village naming it Alfama, due to the similarities of the two neighborhoods.
This May, Alfama re-opened to a new location in Midtown-East in an elegant and modern but relaxing atmosphere at 214 East 52nd Street. The restaurant’s new menu takes on a fresh approach to the Portuguese classics with the talents of Executive Chef Fransisco Rosa, who comes from the “School of Hospitality and Tourism of Coimbra”. The chef puts a modern twist on the classic Portuguese cuisine inspired by the former colonies such as Brazil, Goa and Southern Africa.
“Our clientele is made up of diplomats and UN officials, due to the restaurant’s proximity to the United Nations headquarters, and several executives who work in U.S. corporations with offices in Midtown East. But we also have many Luso-Americans who visit us from California and New England (Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut) and Brazilians living in New York or just visiting New York”, says Tarcisio.
Brunch is served on Saturday & Sunday from 12-4 with traditional breakfast favorites such as pancakes, fresh pastries, omelets, and sandwiches, all with a Portuguese twist. Authentic Breads and Pastries such as Broa, Pão Milho and Pão de Deus are baked by Chef Rosa, and now sold at the restaurant to the delight of their customers. See how you can win a $50 Lunch Gift Certificate at the end of this article.
Following in the tradition of the many famous Fado houses in Lisbon, Alfama has FADO NIGHTS @ ALFAMA where you can experience the underground Fado Taverna. This month of October the featured Fado singer will be Luisa Rocha.
So the next time you’re longing for a taste of Portugal, or the earthy and soulful sound of a Fado, stop by Alfama where you’ll be instantly transported to Lisbon, Portugal.
Alfama is giving away a $50 Lunch for 2 – Gift Certificate. Leave a comment to this post during the month of October 2011 for you chance to win! Good Luck..Tia Maria…
UPDATE: Contest ended on October 31, 2011
Lucky winner for this drawing: RDaCosta
(random drawing using Random.org)
Thanks for entering! Look for more contests soon!
Authentic flavors of Portugal
214 East 52nd Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues
New York, NY 10022
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