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Favela Cubana

4.0
246 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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  • Neighborhood Gem (248)
  • Good for Groups (222)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (221)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cuban, Brazilian, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday : 11am – 12am
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Phone number
(212) 777-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bleecker and West 3rd
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Parking details
On-street metered parking between 7:30am and 7:00pm with a two hour limit. Free parking on Sundays.
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Public transit
B, C, D, E, F & M to West 4th Street or the 6 train to Bleecker.
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Entertainment
Join us for Salsa night every Tuesday from 10pm to 1am.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

Very friendly service, they went above and beyond to accommodate us as one of us is in a wheelchair. Staff is very friendly, smiling all the time. Restaurant interior design gives you a feeling of being away in another country, food is great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody who wants to taste some different flavors.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch! Great service and food! It was perfect for our large group!! Thank you!

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4.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

We chose Favela because it was very close to the Skirball Theater (NYU) where we had tickets. Our friends were late but the staff was accommodating in serving them on time to make the performance.
My soup was good with just enough spice to make it interesting and the pulled pork sandwich was filled with fine flavors and ample enough for a light supper. My wife liked her salmon that was perfectly cooked and well seasoned.
We would definitely return there next time we are in the neighborhood.

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katnaima (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2016

Went for a Sunday brunch with a group of 5. Service was A1 and the menu prices were not overpriced. We are going back again next week!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

We were here as a large group for my boyfriend's birthday and the food was superb. The staff were also courteous and accommodating. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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BrooklynBlue (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

Food was excellent. Fresh, hot, exactly right. Actually, best seafood paella I've had. Worth a trip back just for that. We shared ceviche.....fresh and perfect. Service was over the top, excellent wait staff, and the drinks were delicious. A new favorite!

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RubyDee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

It was my birthday dinner and literally called 4 hours before the dinner to reserve for 11 people. They totally saved my last minute butt!
The outside looks cute and it's cozy inside-the space is small. Their drinks are strong. I had gotten the Favela Cubana mojito but it was too strong for me(didn't taste good) so I got the passion fruit mojito instead. The GUAC IS AMAZING! We got 3 rounds because it was so good. Overall their food is really yummy. My favs are the gaucho steak, salamao, and the pan seared shrimp dish(forgot the name). They also have this housemade hot sauce that is ACTUALLY spicy! Our waitress was super energetic and accommodating for such a large party like mine. So I definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Just a nice place to have a meal. Been there for diner for two, dinner with friends and a large birthday party. Always great service and attentive staff. Food is always good and the portions are generous. Will certainly return again...and again.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Food, service and ambiance were great. Noise level was ridiculous - could not hear the person next to me.

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vipAngie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

This is my recent find on a quiet street behind. NYU. The mojitos are to die for! Their guacamole is some of the best I ever had as are the mussels! My friends swear by their chicken soup and roast chicken. Cheese bread is not chewy enough and mixed seafood fry is a bit flavorless but doesn't matter as most other dishes are so delicious. Service is friendly and warm.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

The food was very good and authentic. The service by the waitress was fine but we asked for our son's Cuban sandwich to be wrapped separately from our food with his yuca fries, only to find that his sandwich came home with our leftovers.

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vipAngie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

The best mojitos, mussels, guac, heart of Palm salad. Fried seafood ok as it lacks flavor. Service friendly but spotty when busy. Cozy setting but chilly when they leave the door open.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

Great experience with excellent service! The menu is Cuban and Brazilian fusion, which is a perfect marriage of cuisines!

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vipjustjames (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2016

Great food and really nice, friendly attentive but not intrusive wait staff. Combine it with seats outside under the trees, and you've got a great escape for a workday lunch. Can't wait to go back!

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Janet (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

The food needed seasoning, especially the Lechon. The rice and black neans needed salt, which I do not like using. The ambiance was nice and the drinks were yummy.

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vipdini (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

Authentic food and drink in an aithentic setting makes Favela Cubano a stand out!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

The place is really cute, but if you want want authentic Cuban food, it's not here. The Pork had absolutely zero taste.

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vipLenE (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Service was excellent; very attentive and accommodating. The food was very good both quality and quantity. It was the right choice for a quiet interesting evening out.

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vipSaimes (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

It was pretty quiet for a Sunday night but that worked well for us. Good cocktails and food was flavorful. Service was good too.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Chose this restaurant last minute for lunch during a girl's weekend in the city, as it fit our location needs and it was a cuisine we all liked. We couldn't have picked a better spot! It has great atmosphere, with lively (but not overbearing) music and festive decor. We sat inside due to the heat, but the doors were wide open to the outside dining area so we didn't feel overly enclosed. We ordered some empanadas to share (the chicken were better than the beef) and a variety of entrees that were all very good. Nothing overly spicy, but they do have what appears to be house-made hot sauce that you can use to kick things up several notches. We also ordered a round of cocktails that were good and very reasonably priced by NYC standards. The only slight negative was that they forgot one of the drinks from our initial order, and the bar was a little slow in getting us both the initial order and the missing drink. Somewhat understandable as they seemed to have only one bartender and a lot of people ordering Mojitos! Overall, a good find and we would definitely consider going back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

Cozy and unique ambiance! Romantic yet family oriented! Great food!

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vippunch (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Food was good
The best mojitos I've ever had including in Cuba

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

It was good

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

The food was very delicious and the staff was helpful and had no issues with anything we had asked for. Definitely worth going back again.

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Michaella (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

I booked Favela for my graduation dinner and it was perfect. I had been before for dinner and happy hour since I went to NYU but with smaller groups. I was a bit worried as my reservation had changed for 10 to 12 ppl when we came to the restaurant, but they were gracious and accommodated us. Later on, other family members joined us and they got them a different table, without batting an eyelash. The food and drinks were on point as usual. The service was outstanding! I will keep returning and refer them to family and friends.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

I've sinned here a few times. I have yet to have a bad experience. With a larger party (like in any rest) could get sloppy. Largest party I've come with was six but I think the server and waiter did a great job to make sure everyone was being taken care of. Food has been very filling and full of flavor. Nothing is too oily or salty. (Well the appetizers can get a bit oily)

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Eddie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

we had mothers day brunch there it was fantastic and priced reasonably.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 3, 2016

Server was rushing clearing everything out the way food did not taste like Cuban food the paella rice was not cooked the I don't recommend at all and don't believe their Yelp reviews they have a sign in the restaurant saying they will give a free dessert if you show the server you rated them 4-5 stars on Yelp

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

For a latin place there was a limited number of Latin (cuban) dishes. although the initial drinks where good the overall service was minimal at best. Took way to long to take orders and then when we thought the food would be coming we are told some dishes were no longer available. The food ws adequate not a genuine resemblance to latin spices nor cuban. We were offered drinks to compensate for the extensive delay on food but then they showed up in the total bill. When asked about it they offered two deserts (which we didnt want) and charged us fro the drinks. Since we had a function to go to we had to rush through eating once the food finally came. Not a great experience. Oh yeah whats with the automatic adding of the tip to the bill ?????? We made the manual adjustments. But overall all very disappointing, not a place I would recommend nor go back to. :-(

no tostones, maduros, yuca, ???? First time I'm served Brussell sprouts with fish in a mango sauce ??? It didn't say that on menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was fantastic and the drinks super tasty.

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