Sun-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight
Nearby Subway Stops
N, Q at 30th Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Good for Groups
- Live Music
- Outdoor Dining
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Smoking Area
Broadway to 23rd Ave., 51st St. to 21st St.
High-spirited Brazilians are conspicuous amongst
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.
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.
Bolinho de bacalau, $7.95; feijoada, $21.95; muqueca de peixe, $22.95; coconut flan, $6