Close to its one year anniversary, , a Brazilian BBQ restaurant in Nesconset, is enjoying its location in the marketplace as a niche, one-of-a-kind kitchen.
Manoela Santos, the owner’s daughter, believes the restaurant - located on Smithtown Boulevard for the past 11 months - is in a good location for their growing business.
“There isn’t another restaurant nearby that is like us,” said Santos. “I think since we’re different, it helps a lot.”
Being a restaurant with such a one of a kind flavor, Santos doesn’t feel their establishment continues to face any real competition. Picanha Na Brasa not only adds to the array of international cuisine there is in Nesconset, but also stands out, she believes.
“Business has been good to us,” said Santos. “We probably see about 20 tables per day, but of course the weekends are better.”
For almost a full year now, Picanha Na Brasa has offered the foods of a barbecue and steakhouse, with dishes like grilled steak, sauted chicken and fish casseroles, and special entrees of authentic Brazilian food, such as Frango Assado, BBQ chicken served with broccoli, Feijoada, black beans with pork meat and rice, and Pao com Linguica, which is a grilled Brazilian sausage sandwich. All of which are reasonably priced, with the most expensive entree being $19 and sandwiches being around $9.
The restaurant is open seven days a week and gives the option of an all-you-can-eat buffet or a sit down-menu for certain entrees, with the choice of dining in or taking out. They also cater for special occasions.
With the five people they have on staff at all times, Santos explained that everyone is trying their best to help the business develop even more.
“Our business is taking time to grow, but it will get better from here,” said Santos. “Each day gets better and better.”