57 South 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Sun-Thur Noon-Midnight; Fri-Sat Noon-1am (Bar stays open until 4am)
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.; J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
NY Mag says:
Named for the desperately poor shantytowns that exist on the fringes of both Brazilian cities and Brazilian law, Miss Favela suggests less an urban ghetto than a relatively well-to-do village eatery/bar on the edge of a jungle. It’s got a corrugated-steel wall in cheery yellow and green, chipped-paint metal chairs and tables that seem to ooze outdoors, and compellingly energetic Brazilian dance music. But here’s one clue you’re not by the Amazon: The constant whirr of cars streaming over the Williamsburg Bridge almost directly overhead. The menu is all Brazilian, with appetizers like carne seca come mandloca, chewy and flavorful Brazilian-style beef jerky with fried yucca and onions—though it tastes nothing like a Slim Jim. The signature dish may be the moqueca de peix e pirao, a rich, saffron-colored fish stew that’s almost too pretty to eat. It’s served with garlicky rice and pirao, a delicious chutney-like paste of fish fat, yucca flour and spices. The Brazilian drink menu includes a coconut-cachaca cocktail, topped with a snow-mound of sweetened shredded coconut.
Time Out New York says:
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.