Miss Favela

Restaurants, Brazilian Williamsburg
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Miss Favela
Rebecca McAlpin
Miss Favela

Proudly sporting the green and pink of Mangueira, Rio’s best-loved samba school, Miss Favela serves Brazilian comfort food in the manner of a traditional botequim (tavern). Tasty appetizers like bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish balls) and carne seca (sun-dried beef), are complemented by Brahma beer or knockout caipirinhas. Entrées tend toward the usual suspects: moqueca, barbecue ribs and plenty of grilled steak—decent though not overwhelming options. The festive but rustic setting (brightly painted brick walls, artfully tagged bathrooms) beneath the Williamsburg Bridge, however, has undeniable appeal—particularly on Saturdays when a live band lays down samba (2pm–6pm) and the Mineiro chef cooks up meaty plates of feijoada for a merry crowd.


Venue name: Miss Favela
Address: 57 South 5th St
Cross street: at Wythe Ave
Opening hours: Daily noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave
Price: Average main course price: $18. Cash only
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Lindsey W

I went here a little hesitantly one Saturday with a group of friends and ended up having a blast. They have live music, amazing food and pitchers of caipirinhas that will really knock you off your feet. The ambiance is amazing, lots of energy, lots of dancing and a generally laid back atmosphere. If you want to sit, definitely get here early and post up at the bar. Also service can be a little bit slow (the brazilian way I guess? according to my co-worker) and it's cash only. But I will 100% be back.