Favela Cubana
Favela Cubana

Favela Cubana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.favelacubana.com/
  • Phone: 2127776500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Cuban, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Ruela
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Joy 9174002141x
  • Entertainment: Join us for Salsa night every Tuesday from 9pm to 1am. Enjoy a live Brazilian band performing every Friday and a live Cuban band performing every Saturday from 8pm to 11pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker and West 3rd
  • Public Transit: , B, C, D, E, F & M to West 4th Street or the 6 train to Bleecker.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: On-street metered parking between 7:30am and 7:00pm with a two hour limit. Free parking on Sundays.
A word from Favela Cubana
Important Information for the World Cup Final
We will not be taking reservations. All completed parties will be seated on a First Come, First Serve basis.

COME EARLY TO GET THE BEST SEATS!!!!!

Favela Cubana is a place where food, music and culture convey. The food is inspired by both Brazilian and Cuban cuisines, with the rich flavors and spices of Latin America. It is not a fusion of both cuisines but rather separate cuisines side-by-side on the same menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Favela Cubana reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (7)romantic (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)special occasion (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • XxxxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Does not offer the bottomless brunch deal advertised on opentable.com - bad service
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A happy accident! Very happy!
    EjamesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My friend & I were supposed to meet at another place for Cuban food when I accidentally made the reservation for Favela. What an excellent find! We shared the Chorizo coquettes & I had the Eggs Benedict with the pulled pork! I was practically licking the plate clean. My friend had Shrimp on a bed of yellow rice that was heavenly. The portions were generous & the Cava Sangria was refreshing & perfect for Saturday Brunch! There was no room for dessert that day but I will definitely be back to try all the other goodies on the menu. Our server was fun & very accommodating. We didn't feel rushed yet he was at our side to answer all of questions. It was the first leisurely brunch I had in a long time without feeling bustled out the door!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brazilian and Cuban blend.
    BlackBird68
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was very tasty and the atmosphere very welcoming! Would dine there again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    jk3028
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Warm, comfortable environment inside and out. Amazing drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flavorless
    stephanie25
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was flavorless. I ordered the pernil meal and it tasted like meat with no seasoning.
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  • Nice service
    FoodhunterVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Service was great and food fine. The host should just explain clearer that during the World Cup each one needs to spend 20 usd. Originally I thought it wad in addition to the meal, which would be really absurd. Anyway, this is a nice place and service inside was one of the best things.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I wasn't exactly blown away by this place. Service was rather slow. Meal OK. Silverware dirty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    Susan
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We and a lovely lunch in Favela Cubana's outdoor patio one recent sunny afternoon. The food was very good and the margaritas with fresh guava were delicious. The wait staff was super friendly and appropriately attentive, too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large parties
    MissMahoo
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Staff was incredibly accommodating and friendly. They provided great service and the food is good. We loved that the place turns into a a dance party with a DJ on Thursday nights!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 153 reviews are from the Favela Cubana reviews archive.
  • Rich flavors and attentive service
    LDSPVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    From the huge screen over the bar showing old black-and-white Cuban musicals to the large congas used as seats at the bar, the place will transport you right out of NYC to the Caribbean. The service was very fast, and they got my complicated order right (some things to eat there, and some to take away). Both kinds of plantains were great (sweet and not), and the caipirinha was not watered down and just sweet/tangy enough to match the food. My favorite was the fresh ceviche, although we got a lot of the appetizers to go, and all came with great sauces. I was there in the early Spring, so only one person was sitting outside on the porch - would definitely go back and order take-out from them again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I made a reservation for 16 people on a Saturday night for 9pm. Eleven of us showed up at the restaurant at 8:30 and we were seated right away. The server was very attentive and took our orders right away. The decor was really cute with the drums servicing as bar stools. We ordered the shrimp ceviche, chicken empanadas, spinach and cheese empanadas, all were incredibly delish. For entree, a couple of us has the ropa vieja, it was good but I've had better. A little bit dissapointed that they didn't have churrasco. But all in all, a spot I would go back to.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Encantado!
    Encantado
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Favela Cubana is a gem. My girlfriend and I used to to be regulars a few years ago. I went back recently and fell in love with the place all over again. The food, ambiance and service are all great. During the ambiance is even more magical with the outdoor sitting on the treelined/garden lined street. Really a great spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Time
    marysmiles
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that we felt rushed. Especially when while putting on our coats the busboy was in between us cleaning the table. The place was not full, there were plenty of empty tables and there was no waitng line. If they slow the cleaning process and wait for people to at least get to the door, it would be more appropriate to their customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Linner
    danfer
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The restaurant is a cozy spot to grab the bottomless brunch deal, the drinks were very good and the food was absolutely delicious, the mix of both Cuban and Brazilian fare provided a varied selection so that almost anyone can find something to enjoy. The desert was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had a group of 9 and they easily accommodated us. Food was great. The Brazilian cheese bread is so yummy! I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    brooklyngirl
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I came here for brunch on recommendation from a friend my husband who is half cuban. I've been meaning to try this place and was excited to see they had brunch. The restaurant is a cute little spot in the west village. Has a nice patio that is probably great in spring/summer. I had the cuban eggs benedict. Its was good, and the flavors were great, but it was a touch on the greasy side for me. I also had a great americano. There is a full bar and they do have a brunch special with drinks. I would like to go back again and try it for lunch/dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious lunch spot near NYU
    nycdiner44
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I went to Favela Cubana for lunch and it was a great meal with attentive service. I ordered the lechon, and my friend ordered the cuban sandwich. Both were delicious and I would certainly eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for relaxed dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Very nice relaxed bohemian venue. Service was good. Food was ok but didn't quite match expectations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boozy Brunch
    Hannah
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food wasn't something to rave about. It was decent but the Drinks were ever flowing. Delicious and strong. Roberto was a great server he was very attentive and sweet!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-hyped Brunch
    mercadodc
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I had read many reviews regarding the all you can drink brunch affair, and it seemed positive. There are so many AYCD brunches in NYC that one doesn't have to go far to find one. This place is actually 20 mn walk from my house, and I wouldn't go there again even if you drove me. Food is standard Cuban which can be found anywhere in NYC. Chef wasn't the problem, rather it was the service. We were a party of 8 celebrating two birthdays. Place was practically empty, but more than once, I had get up from my seat and go to the bar for drink refills. Unlike other places w/time limits on brunch, this place starts the clock when they take your order, rather than when you get the drink. Go to Cafe Cortadito for great Cuban food and a warm welcome!
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  • Wife and I spent a lovely
    diner9VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wife and I spent a lovely Valentine's evening at Favela Cubana. This was the second time we have eaten there, and both meals have been excellent. The pork dishes are great and so are the assortment of appetizers. A nice selection of wines to pair with the meal. Would definitely return and recommend to others.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful food
    tribecaVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Chefs don't know how to cook eggs, 3 of us had overcooked eggs so we sent them back. Again, they came out overcooked, finally a 3rd time worked for the chefs. Unfortunately, since we were a group of 6, we had to pay a mandatory 20% tip, which was def not deserved. The waitress was rude and she did not deserve that much. I will never come back here again.
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  • Loved everything!
    Peppermintpatty
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Loved the location, the bar stools, the food, the monitors, the service.....everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    StatnylanZoo
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I had some guests in from out of town this weekend. They requested Cuban cuisine. After consulting with some friends, I decided on Favela Cubana. They easily accommodated our group of 8. We ordered multiple pitchers of sangria, mojito and margarita. They were all delicious. The food was great too. Highly recommended. We hope to return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for groups
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    we had a big group and everyone was happy with their food and the service. the wine selection isn't great but the menu offers enough choice and is reasonably priced for groups. I don't understand the reviews on poor service because the staff serving us was attentive and nice. We had a lot of fun and the music was great for the ambience.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Service!!!
    Zole23
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We actually went To the restaurant for a party. We did reservations because the food is pretty good. Turns out, the food was cold, we wait like 25 minutes for the waitress to take our order, the didn't gave us the drinks we order and the manager was kind of rude. The people sitting next to us had an horrible argument with the same waitress and the restaurant was not even full. Big disappointment!!!
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  • great shopping break
    amkk1VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    This spot is perfect for after village shopping eats and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    RONSVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    great space, food was excellent, great drinks, empanadas, Cuban sandwich, paella. we will be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Customer Service!
    Lionel
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Hi my name is Lionel Edwards, Im not the one to ever complain but my situation I have to vent. I made reservations for Saturday September 28th for 1130 (which was an option on the website). I recieved a phone from a lady that works there around 745pm stating we should get there by 11pm because the kitchen closes at 1130pm. I mentioned i made reservations at 1130 and i would be there by 1115ish because i was at a play. She said with a nasty attitude OK but your going to be rushed? Im like ok way to have a first impression on a customer. She basically steered me to another location, I was very excited to eat there but im going to inform people not eat there because of their nasty attitude!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food in an easy atmosphere
    FLyingDutchman
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I can recommend this place if you want to have some good Cuban food in a relaxed, easy going atmosphere. The place has a bit of a pub feel to it, but is very relaxed and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Delicious, fresh, flavorful food // great cocktails (jalapeno infused margaritas, yum!) // lovely staff // handsome room // great ambiance // not rushed off our table at all // reasonably priced. Thanks! We'll be back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute planning for 12
    Lastminuteplanningfor13
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Favela Cubana and OpenTable saved my job! Friday night I went onto OpenTable looking for a place in Greenwich Village that would seat 10 people. I saw Favela Cubano and was intrigued, because it is Cuban/Brazilian, which sounded yummalicious. A peek at the menu showed that they had a happy hour till 7, with $6 mojitos, margaritas, and Caiparhinas. WIN WIN! I booked right away, after reading the glowing reviews, and called the restaurant to make sure they could really take 13, they were incredibly gracious and said, "sure, come on in!". Charming, vibrant, bongo stools at the bar, lively, great music... OH, and the food is just perfect. Everyone enjoyed everything. Thanks Favela Cubano (and Open Table), I will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    ajbateson
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved sitting on the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood option
    RockShrimpBoyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Destination spot? Not for me. Still, really nice service, good bartending skills/pours, some really phenomenal menu items (Lechon), some decent though wouldn't repeat (Fejioada), nice desserts, nice apps, and just nice and pleasant. Ample outdoor seating, and nice open air for indoor dining during nice weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Not sure if we chose the wrong items on the menu, but both my friend and I were disappointed with our choices. The soup was very average and not special, the entrée was not appealing either. Only the beer was worth it. We went somewhere else for the dessert. The only good thing is that we had a table outside, which was great because it was very loud inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even on slow nite - so tasty!
    RandPVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    This was our first celebration event (anniversary dinner before a show). Even on a slow night, Mojitos were fine & summer menu was tasty. The salads were crisp, service courteous. Romantic start to good night! (More non- pork & beef choices would help.)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place to eat
    Francois
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food is superb especially the Camarao A Baina, simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I found this place early next
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I found this place early next year and have recommended it to a few people and have had great experiences everytime. I went there on Friday, as family was in town. We ordered drinks before 7 and they tried to charge is full price even though happy hou ends at 7. We did plead out case and the waitress changed her mind. This was the only hiccup. I will continue to come here. The rotisserie chicken with passion fruit glaze is awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoping good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Food was excellent with good selection of drinks. Was there on a tuesday and the 10pm salsa start was perfect eat and talk early then dance and have fun later. .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot and unfortunate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    3 out of four air conditioners were broken. The restaurant was mostly empty and yet, the staff was not attentive. Food was ok.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet