Neighborhood Consuming: Santo Bruklin serves up Brazilian residence cooking in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

CARROLL GARDENS, Brooklyn (WABC) – In this week’s Neighborhood Eats, Lauren Glassberg visits Santo Bruklin, a Brazilian restaurant that opened during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a shock at first but we knew we had no choice but to focus on something different and open,” said Sara Yamasaki.

The linchpin for Sara and Pedro Yamasaki was building a new takeout and delivery business while informing the Carroll Gardens neighborhood that Santo Bruklin had opened.

“Santo Bruklin is a bit like our Holy Protector,” said Pedro Yamasaki.

And they do a good job too, donating food and meals to those in need.

They hope Brazilian home cooking will do the trick during these challenging times.

“We bring dishes from the north, ingredients from the Amazon. We show people that there is so much more,” said Pedro.

There’s the moqueca, a coconut-based seafood stew, the picanha sandwich, a popular cut of beef, and the pao de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread that is served with a variety of spreads.

“It’s like a cheese muffin, we’re changing the muffin to be cheesier. It’s people’s favorite,” said Pedro.

As soon as eating outside was allowed, they used their garden space.

“It’s pretty peaceful back here. I think this is a very new scenario in York,” said Sara and Pedro.

Imagine doing dinner and a movie, one of the many ways this restaurant tries to stay afloat.

“It’s the challenge that we have to face. We have to be creative and assert ourselves,” said Pedro.

And they hope that one day they will also be able to greet customers in Santo Bruklin.

“Yes, of course I’m looking forward to having people, but if that has to wait and we have to play it safe now, it’s for the best,” said Pedro.

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