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Zebu Grill
Zebu Grill

Zebu Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://zebugrill.com/
  • Phone: (212) 426-7500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Cuisine: Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Zebu Grill
"Upper Eastsiders in search of 'something a little different' hit this 'relaxed' Brazilian specializing in 'interesting', 'flavorful' churrasco; 'congenial' service and 'a couple of their caipirinhas' confirm that this somewhat 'hidden away' spot is 'worth repeat visits.'" - ZAGAT 2011
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "The pre fixe menu is a good deal. The pastel was great and so was the budim. I ordered the cozida for my main course and it was delicious though it was a little bit overcooked."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our last time for dinner at this restaurant was two months ago. The food and service are very good. Normally, the noise level there is moderate. This time, it was very noisy because there was a table with six people all talking very loudly. That noise prevented us from having any conversation at our table."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I have been dining at Zebu Grill for years and we have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service never let's us down. We have been here for romantic dinners, birthday celebrations, and we always love it there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went early to this restaurant and got a quiet table in the back where we were able to have a good conversation and enjoy the excellent food. Their house special salad is outstanding. We all had different dishes and were quite happy with what we had."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great place for food, great service and a soft atmosphere for celebrations or romance."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I had wanted to try Zebu Grill but was reluctant to make the 30 block trip up to the 90's and wasn't sure about Brazilian food. The food was very good - interesting and surprising flavors. Lovely artichoke salad to start followed by acorn squash stuffed with sole. Excellent - everything was truly homemade and hot and delicious. Wonderful wine choices and super service. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We have dined at Zebu Grill several times. We returned recently. The food is excellent. This time, we had the fixed price dinner. It was excellent. The Salada Zebu and Pastel were tasty. The seafood entree was also tasty. The dessert (coconut mousse), too. In the past, we had the Muqueca De Camarao (jumbo braised shrimp), which we liked the most. We like Brazilian food very much. The staff is also very good. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is our new favorite restaurant. We will be back many times. Great food, cocktails at reasonable prices! Loved the music, wish I had asked for the playlist titles and artists. Staff was lovely."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "None of meat was overdone and the black beans on the side were the perfect foil for the meats. Lots of good dessert choices."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The host sat us down right away however took a hundred years (okay maybe 20minutes) to come to our table to take our order. We actually had to call his attention and asked if he would take our order. I would've understood if it was busy but it wasn't. The restaurant was not packed at all for the waiter to completely ignore us. Appetizer was good, entree was so so."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We often dine at Brazilian restaurants as my wife is from Southern Brazil. We discovered Zebu Grill through an Internet search and figured that we'd check it out for New Year's Eve. We were not disappointed and will definitely return. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The wait staff was excellent and we enjoyed their selection of Brazilian wine."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I was looking for a restaurant to accommodate 12 of my family members. It was hard on a Saturday night at 7:00. My brother likes Brazilian music so I narrowed it down to Brazilian food. Zebu worked out to be the perfect spot not only could they take all of us but I called on Saturday morning and added 2 people. Wasn't a problem. Best part was the food and atmosphere. The food selection was perfect for both vegetarians and meat lovers. The wines choices worked. And we had a birthday that was presented with dessert and singing. The waiter was busy with us and other tables but he made it work and we never waited too long for a request."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "They accomadated a table of 12 for a Wednesday night. Everything was perfect. Excellent service."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Everything was delicious. I sample everyone else's food and horsd'oevres and liked it all. Ordered 2 drinks which were also great. Surprised when got check because it was less than expected. We had a great time."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Our server was wonderfult. Great enthusiasm and on his game. The food was fantastic. It is small and intimate, perfect for a very small birthday celebration. Definitely not for large groups. Reservations are a must."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Good attentive service and interesting choice of food."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He had recently been to Rio for vacation and was into trying the Brazilian restaurants in the city. We had just recently been to Favela Grill in astoria which everyone LOVED, so Zebu would have had to have been fantastic to beat it. It was good, but not as good as Favela. Still, the wait staff was excellent, the ambiance great and food still yummy so if you're looking for brazilian in UPS, go there!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Charming Brazilian place on Second Avenue. We have liked all the plates we tried so far, but especially like the pao de queijo, the picadinho and the muqueca."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great food with generous portions. Perfect for couples. Romantic setting. Professional staff. It doesn't seem to get as crowded unlike other upper east side restaurants!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "I was a bit disappointed in this place given the other reviews. It was passable, but the food was only fair, the service was weak (our waiter couldn't describe the dishes...maybe a language issue) and the drinks were hit or miss. We went before an event at the 92nd Street Y, so it was nice to be right in the neighborhood, but can't think of a reason to seek it out again."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Waiters were great, service and food was fantastic. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "Very quiet charming place a bit off the beaten path. Food and service is great and the specialty drink wonderful. I would go again."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Prix Fixe Menu was not especially inspiring. Wine expensive. A hefty 20% gratuity was added to bill without asking. It actually worked out more because service was added after the tax and NOT before."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "I have been here 3 times and I must say it seems like it gets better all the time. Never crowded, fast service and peace and quiet. Good for a one on one experience with your significant other. Always really good dishes. I recommend always."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "The food was tasty, the caipirinhas strong, but it is a little pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Great Brazilian foods at a very reasonable price. Small, intimate and child friendly."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "The room was lit by candles, but not dark as many such places are. The food was incredible, and brought to the table in a timely manner. The bruchetta and bread were delicious. My boyfriend got the chicken pastel and I had the salada Zebu for our appetizers, both of which were out of this world. He had the Pichana, which was the perfect size, and the rice and black beans were incredible. I had the Massa, which was an amazing pasta dish with spicy but savory sausage. Our caipirinhas were also delicious- sweet and sour. All in all, completely out of this world."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "Perfect for last minute planning. Respectful employees. Delicious food. Follow menin instagram. Dandee23 :) nah for real tho its a nice spot. Take a risk and try it. like i did. Pasteles and mojito and that flan! :)"
    Dined on 4/15/2013
  • "Great food and service. Tables a bit close together and crowded. Not intimate but food makes up for the lack of ambiance. Would give it a try"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We had a great meal - an overview of brazilian food that pleased everyone in the group. Black Bean soup, coconut mousse, passionfruit brulee, country beef were all delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2013
  • "The food is ok but very small portion and way overpriced. Just don't buy the groupon deals because they have a cheaper 3 course prix fixe on their regular menu which serves the same dishes as groupon which has even smaller portion and cheaper ingredients than their regular dishes."
    Dined on 2/22/2013
  • "We went to this restaurant because Zagat recommended the churrasco. It was totally disappointed. It was for 2 people but the amount was really small (surprising in the USA) the steak was not tender at all (strange also in the USA where the meat is so good in general). We ordered it medium and it came to the table very well done. We don't recomend this restaurant if your are expecting to eat good meat. The chicken was flavorful but that's it. And it is not cheap. The best part was the flan for dessert."
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "The more we go here the less impressed we are. Don't get me wrong, the food is always served hot, and the portions are fair. It's just that as they become familiar with you as a repeat patron, the less attention they pay to you. So you bring two other couples with you and then you have to ask for menus, ask to order, ask for deserts, ask for the check. This is not the way it should be. Plus, the menu is getting boring. It seems they never bring out new seasonal dishes, or have different types of food for specials."
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "This restaurant had outstanding food and ambiance. I was there for dinner on New Year's Eve 2012, 11pm. The owners provided all guest sparkling wine, hats and noise makers. Everyone in the restaurants even received kisses from what seem to be one of the owners. It's a lovely, fun, and amazing place. Food was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "Had dinner there New Year's Eve. Short wait for our reserved table, Great service, no food was left on our plates! we thought the total price was well worth the meal. the owners and staff couldn't have been more pleasant. we will definitely go there again. A great find in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "New Year's Eve. We arrived, as arranged, after the opera. Time: 9:45 pm; reservation for 10. Had been promised a quiet corner table. Tiny alcove at main door jammed with people. "Host" advised us they were running late, that at best we could hope to be seated around 10:15. The restaurant is small. No bar. No waiting area. It was very cold, windy; we were constantly jostled as door kept opening and closing in entrance alcove. Decided that this was New Year's Eve, and that we were supposed to be having fun. So we left the frozen entrance and looked for another place to eat, drink and celebrate. Found it down the street at Mole. Never went back to Zebu; probably never will. Before moving to Ca., we used to go there often. Not a happy return."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "I'm Brazilian and finding a Brazilian joint that cooks proper Brazilian dishes in NYC is by no means a trivial task. Zebu Grill does do the trick - they serve dishes that I would find in restaurants back home (or that my mum or granny would cook for me!) The Camarao na Moranga that my wife had was splendid, as was my feijoada. The special of the day, Picanha with asparagus and other veggies was OKish. The wine selection, albeit limited, is solid with some good Malbecs (always great with meat-based Brazilian dishes) and Portuguese Vino Verde. The place is vibrant but a bit noisy, hence, not ideal for intimate conversations - we had a corner table and basically I could barely hear the conversation. The service was a bit pushy and confused."
    Dined on 12/29/2012
  • "The South American based food is always very good here. The kitchen is spotless and the wait staff is attentive and better than most. We just wish the interior got a little updating and more comfortable chairs."
    Dined on 11/30/2012
  • "Great neighborhood find and more. We were pleasantly surprised. Fairly diverse Brazilian menu. Really attentive service, wonderful Caipirina's, not afraid to pour. Having just moved to the UES, this could become a favorite."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "The food is very authentic Brazilian and the caipirinha drink the best!"
    Dined on 11/11/2012