Brazilian bombshell: Oca brings a familiar tapioca treat from Rio de Janeiro to New York

Tapioca flour
Oca is a newly opened ‘tapiocaria’ in Manhattan's Nolita neighbourhood, dishing up crepe-like creations made with tapioca flour
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The Rio Olympics may be over, but a corner of Nolita in Manhattan is just beginning to celebrate one of Brazil’s indigenous treats. Oca, a newly opened ‘tapiocaria’, is dishing up a bevy of crepe-like creations, made using tapioca flour. A popular snack sold street side in Brazil, these gluten-free pancakes are getting a big city spin at Oca’s tropically-infused space in New York.

Considered an alternative to bread in Brazil, these tapioca discs are paper-thin like crepes, but boast the crunch of a taco. At Oca, they contain a range of healthy fillings, from scrambled eggs, chopped tomatoes, mozzarella and truffle oil, to wild salmon, cashew nut cream, wasabi, pumpkin seeds and diced avocado.

Established by four friends from Rio de Janeiro who were inspired to create a healthy, quick bite that conveyed a sense of Brazil, Oca (which means ‘house’ in Portuguese) uses fresh organic ingredients from local purveyors to complement the tapioca base. Each crepe is made by mixing house-made tapioca flour with purified water and cooked to order. There are also parmesan-crusted tapioca bites (served with red-pepper-infused raw honey), and several fruit-focused cashew nut milkshakes.

The Brazilian experience is made complete with an assortment of paint-splattered stools, wooden benches, vibrantly printed cushions and plenty of hanging plants. For diners with an interest in the more unusual corners of the street-food world, it's an irresistibly pretty package that will have people coming back for more.

A popular snack

A popular snack sold street-side in Brazil, these gluten-free titbits are getting a big city spin, with fillings made from fresh organic ingredients

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Wooden benches

The Brazilian experience is made complete with an assortment of paint-splattered stools, wooden benches, vibrantly printed cushions and plenty of hanging plants that decorate Oca’s glass-fronted interior

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Boast the crunch of a taco

Considered an alternative to bread in Brazil, the discs are paper-thin, but boast the crunch of a taco

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Fillings range

Fillings range from wild salmon, cashew nut cream, wasabi, pumpkin seeds and diced avocado, to dark chocolate, strawberry, cashew nut cream and macadamia (pictured)

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INFORMATION

Oca is open daily from 11.30am – 7pm. For more information, visit the Oca website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

Oca
250 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.