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Favela Grill

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33-18 28th Ave., Queens, NY 11103 40.767619 -73.918351
nr. 34th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-545-8250 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Brazilian, South American
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Official Website

favelagrill.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q at 30th Ave.

Prices

$15.95-$24.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Smoking Area
  • Take-Out
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Broadway to 23rd Ave., 51st St. to 21st St.

Profile

High-spirited Brazilians are conspicuous amongst international Astoria’s expat community, especially during Carnaval and the World Cup. Other times, they gather over caiparinhas and feijoada in the ‘hood’s Brasileiro restaurants. Favela is one of the most appealing, as proven by the cozy storefront’s full-house seating by 7 p.m. on weekends. Slinging English and Portuguese in equal measure, Favela’s crowd embraces gaggles of galpals, local couples and first-daters. With so much going for it, Favela could’ve skimped on the food. But the homey chow is quite good, and even random meals should hit a standout or two. Fresh-made Brazilian empanadas filled with chicken or codfish and potato called salgados make especially toothsome starters. Entrees are hearty and enormous; several renditions of “sirloin steak” offer up a carefully cooked-to-order, bone-in chop the dimensions of a man’s shoe. Muqueca de peixe and bobo de camarao, Afro-Brazilian recipes from Bahia, are rich with coconut milk, manioc puree, and cardiologist-condemned palm oil. Daily specials showcase long-simmered dishes like Saturday’s feijoada, as smoky and satisfying as the night those first-daters are hoping for.

Caipirinha Central

A rear bar has just four seats but keeps Favela’s polite young Brazilian servers scurrying about with trays of cachaça cocktails, bargain-priced wines and Brahma beer. On Friday and Saturday nights, live musicians—a soloist or duet swaying to samba or bossa nova rhythms—add to the merriment.

Recommended Dishes

Bolinho de bacalau, $7.95; feijoada, $21.95; muqueca de peixe, $22.95; coconut flan, $6

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