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A taste of the States with a high calorie count
Chalkboard walls, phonograph lampshades and meatpacking bric-a-brac bring a slice of the Big Apple to the bustling Butcher’s Market. With English-language menu items like the succulent mushroom burger – a thick patty of grilled prime beef smothered with melted mozzarella and tasty, seasoned mushrooms – and artery-clogging but oh-so-good cheese chilli fries (aka chilli cheese fries in the States), the intimate burger bar has made well-earned waves among the jet-set, who can vouch for its New York-style authenticity.
Opened earlier this year by Korean brothers who came to São Paulo via Gotham, Butcher’s Market offers a casually urbane ambience where carefully prepared gastronomic Americana – spicy chicken wings, toasted marshmallow milkshakes, pork ribs with hash browns – can be scarfed down at prices just high enough to stave off addiction.
The word is well and truly, and the place packs out on weeknights. So if you’re not the type to be kept waiting, the less-crowded lunchtime seating might be your best bet. It’ll also give you the rest of the day to work off those happily ingested calories.
By Ernest White II
R$23-$43; lunch R$30
Open noon-3pm, 7pm-1am Mon-Fri; noon-1am Sat
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