By Denise Oliveira
The World Cup starts on June 12, so if you haven’t booked your flight to Brazil yet, chances are you’ll be watching from New York with the rest of us. But there’s still a way for you to get a flavor of what it’s like to experience this mega soccer event alongside a bunch of Brazilians. We asked some Brazilians who live in New York where they plan to watch the games, and we’re bringing you that list today. Be prepared for lots of yellow and green jerseys, painted faces, loud cheering and high spirits.
You can find a list of matches and times here. Game times are given as local time in Brazil. Most games are being played in Brazilian cities that are one hour ahead of EST. Here is a handy time zone converter.
Miss Favela, 57 S 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Known for its Brazilian food and dancing, Miss Favela is also planning to show all the games. You can call ahead to reserve a table, or just show up and expect standing room only.
Beco, 45 Richardson Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
This is another option in Brooklyn where you can drink Brazilian beers or their signature passion fruit and vodka cocktail while you watch. No reservations, just show up.
Emporium Brasil, 15 West 46th Street, Manhattan
In the heart of Little Brazil in midtown, this sit-down restaurant offers a variety of Brazilian dishes and finger foods. You must call ahead to reserve a table, and the expectation is that you’ll order a meal, or at least appetizers. If you prefer a bar atmosphere where you can just order a beer and stand among the crowd, this is not the best option for you.
Ribalta, 48 East 12th Street, Manhattan
Brazilians love pizza, and Ribalta near Union Square loves Brazilians. Leblon Cachaça [http://lebloncachaca.com/] is sponsoring the World Cup festivities at Ribalta, so you can have a caipirinha to go with your pizza. No reservations accepted. First arrivals get seated, everyone else stands at the bar.
Felix Bar & Restaurant, 340 West Broadway, Manhattan
This French restaurant is a Soho institution for soccer watching. If you want a table, call ahead to reserve. Otherwise, be ready to stand. Weekend games will be followed by a DJ after-party.
Nevada Smiths, 100 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
Sports enthusiasts flock to this bar to watch games, spread out over four floors on the corner of 3rd Avenue and East 13th Street. The chef is working on a special World Cup menu. No reservations accepted.
Tonic Bar, 727 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan
This enormous Times Square sports bar has 45 plasma screens on three floors. Some fan clubs have already reserved space for large parties. Walk-ins are also welcome.