Miami Yacht Access President Eduardo Cury is one of the nation’s leading yacht brokers, known for his expertise in the luxury yacht industry. Cury got his start in the hospitality industry, specifically in restaurants. His first job after moving to America from Sao Paulo, Brazil was at Texas de Brazil, a popular churrascaria restaurant chain with locations both internationally and in the United States. This is where he acquired his first experiences in customer service.
After going through several promotions, he found himself working directly with the owners of the chain. Eventually, he became chief operating officer, in charge of logistics and opening new locations all over Florida, which led him to Miami Beach. After seeing an opportunity to bring Brazilian beer to the restaurant chain’s menu, he negotiated with renowned Brazilian label Itaipava Beer to enter the US market.
During this time, he shifted gears. He rekindled his passion for the ocean and luxury yachts, which stemmed from growing up around his father’s boating business. In 2004, he bought his first yacht in Miami Beach Marina and rebuilt it from the ground up. With his previous experience in the industry; its ability to repair engine, electronics, interior and more; and its location in Miami Beach, it changed its goals to break into the yachting business.
Taking advantage of his previous clientele and connections in the hospitality and restaurant industries, he launched Miami Yacht Access, his yacht brokerage firm in 2010.
“Buying a yacht goes far beyond most other investments that can be made. Not just the monetary aspect, but the experience, and that experience starts with a relationship,” says Cury. “Customer service and building a deep and meaningful relationship is first and foremost important.”
“There were times when I was working for Texas de Brazil when I would go home sad or disappointed because maybe there was a client who wasn’t completely satisfied, and I just couldn’t let go” , he continues. “I always wanted to know that I could do whatever it took for total customer satisfaction.”
When he’s tasting and dining with clients, here are three restaurants Cury frequents.
Family-owned Texas de Brazil offers diners an authentic Brazilian steakhouse experience with an all-you-can-eat buffet in an upscale setting. The menu is divided into three sections. There’s the salad menu with everything from fresh vegetables, cheeses, mixed salads and more; the hot savory section with items like garlic mashed potatoes, feijoada black beans, lobster bisque, cheese bread, fried bananas and more; and finally desserts which include all kinds of cakes, flans, pies and more.
The meats are the star of the show and are cooked over an open fire with natural charcoal. They offer everything from herb marinated pork loin and Brazilian sausage to parmesan pork loin and garlic picanha. It is a paradise for meat lovers.
Little Brazil Miami Beach
This family restaurant has been in business for over 12 years and offers diners a great selection of juicy rotisserie and grilled meats, fresh vegetables, garden salads and homemade desserts. Appetizers to share include traditional bites like coxinha, a soft croquette filled with seasoned chicken and cream cheese; camarao ao alho e oleo, sautéed prawns with garlic and olive oil; and pastries filled with savory concoctions like ground beef or shrimp and cream cheese.
Main courses include authentic dishes like picanha with charcoal-grilled top sirloin steak cut on a sizzling skillet topped with roasted garlic; the fraldinha grelhada, grilled flank steak, served with fries and chimichurri; and frango piemontese, grilled chicken cubes with white rice in a cream, parmesan and mushrooms.
They also have fish and vegetarian dishes. Popular options include camarao risotto; and mashed tilapia com, grilled fish with mashed potatoes or vegetables, served with prawns, tomatoes and caper sauce.
Signature Viva Brazil
This lively, waterfront Brazilian steakhouse has a great selection of Brazilian favorites on its menu. The tropical ambience is perfect for festive get-togethers and provides a lush holiday vibe. Founder Luciano Silva curated an extensive menu with appetizers ranging from crispy yucca bites with a garlicky passion fruit coulis and sautéed prawns in truffle cream to favorites like artisan grilled sausage and fried farmhouse cheese.
The menu has sections for ‘steak and chops’, which include grilled lamb chops with black fig reduction and ‘picanha’ angus beef; “to share” with hearty cuts of meat like the tomahawk and a rib of beef slow roasted for 6 hours; “Grandma’s Favorites” which include chicken stroganoff and creamy arroz com pato with shredded braised duck meat; and “fish and seafood” which has everything from seared Atlantic salmon to classic Brazilian fish stew.
Viva Brazil also offers awesome shared seafood rides and surf and turf options.