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Favela Cubana
Favela Cubana

Favela Cubana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.favelacubana.com
  • Phone: (212) 777-6500
  • 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: Cuban, Brazilian, Latin American
  • 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 (917) 400-2141
  • 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.


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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Diner Reviews
  • "Does not offer the bottomless brunch deal advertised on opentable.com - bad service"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was very tasty and the atmosphere very welcoming! Would dine there again and recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Warm, comfortable environment inside and out. Amazing drinks."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was flavorless. I ordered the pernil meal and it tasted like meat with no seasoning."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I wasn't exactly blown away by this place. Service was rather slow. Meal OK. Silverware dirty."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Very nice relaxed bohemian venue. Service was good. Food was ok but didn't quite match expectations."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Loved the location, the bar stools, the food, the monitors, the service.....everything!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This spot is perfect for after village shopping eats and drinks!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "great space, food was excellent, great drinks, empanadas, Cuban sandwich, paella. we will be back!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved sitting on the outdoor patio."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "The food is superb especially the Camarao A Baina, simply delicious."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "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. ."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "3 out of four air conditioners were broken. The restaurant was mostly empty and yet, the staff was not attentive. Food was ok."
    Dined on 7/19/2013