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Award-Winning Brazilian Eatery Celebrates 10 Years in Astoria

(Photo: Pão de Queijo)

April 16, 2019 Sponsored Story

New York Pão de Queijo, a Brazilian café-eatery located at 31-90 30th St., is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary and is offering first-time customers a discount until May 31.

(Photo: Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo, a 300-square foot establishment named after a yuca-based cheese roll that is commonly consumed in Brazil, offers an array of Brazilian fare at an average price of less than $9 an item.

The menu consists of more than 16 types of homemade beef and vegetarian burgers, as well as sandwiches, pastries and freshly made juices. The signature food item, Pão de Quiejo, is the eatery’s most popular order and is priced at around $1.

Another Brazilian staple on the menu is the Bairu sandwich, made with ham, homemade cheese, tomato and oregano, served on whole grain bread for $4.99.

The cozy eatery has been recognized by Time Out Magazine as one of the best places to eat in the outer boroughs, and received the publication’s award for “Best Brazilian Restaurant in Astoria” in 2016.

(Photo: Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo was also chosen as one of the “25 Best Brazilian Restaurants in the Country” by Business Insider that same year, and was featured on the TV show “Burgers, Brew & ‘Que with Michael Symon” on the Food Network this past November.

“It has been 10 years of hard–yet rewarding work–serving my Brazilian dishes to my regulars,” said owner Karina Guimaraes. “Now I want Astoria residents who haven’t tried my food yet to come and visit.”

She said she is offering a 10 percent discount for new customers from now through May 31.

Guimaraes, who was born and raised in São Paulo, is a married mother of two who has lived in Astoria for 12 years. She said her passion for cooking developed after she arrived in the United States.

Guimaraes immigrated to the United States in December 1999 for the purpose of studying Linguistics. In 2003, while she was enrolled at Montclair State University, she also babysat to make ends meet. It was here that she began tapping into her cultural background by cooking Brazilian dishes for her employer’s family of eight.

“They absolutely loved my cooking and that’s where my passion for wanting to work in the restaurant industry began,” Guimaraes said.

After landing a job at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan, she moved from New Jersey to Astoria in 2006 so she could live closer to work and family who lived in the neighborhood. Three years later, she took her passion to its ultimate conclusion and opened Pão de Queijo.

Despite the hours that come with owning and operating her own business, Guimaraes says she’s always put family and tradition first in her life, and that she incorporated both when building out her restaurant’s menu over the years.

“Whenever I cook for my children, I make it a priority to create different dishes every now and then because they are my taste-testers before I introduce any new item on our menu,” she said.

Pão de Queijo serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open 7 days a week. Their hours of operation are:

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: 9 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Readers can visit www.newyorkpaodequeijo.com to view their full menu.

(Photo: Pão de Queijo)

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