4/18/2012 09:04:00 AM

The Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Broa Bread at Alfama


It's not too often we find ourselves dining in Turtle Bay (the east 50s of Manhattan for those not in the know), however on a random evening we ended up at Portuguese favorite Alfama for an early dinner. After a two-year hiatus, this old standby, formerly located in the West Village reopened just about 11 months ago in its new Midtown East location, serving up an overhauled menu with influences from Brazilian cuisine as well.

Our favorite bite of the night was the Broa Bread appetizer - pulled spiced lamb cooked in honey, apricots, prunes and topped with roasted almonds. The meat itself was tender, sweet and flavorful and the crunch of both the bread and the almonds provided the perfect texture contrast to balance out the copious amounts of chewy tender meat we were shoveling down with each bite. Alfama is located at 214 E. 52nd Street; 212-759-5552.

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