Miss Favela (Williamsburg)

Miss Favela was on Fashionista’s NY bucket list of places to go and things to see before she leaves us for Barcelona, so we had been trying to get here for about a month now.  Between bad weather and other engagements we couldn’t get here sooner…and what a damn shame!  We went this past weekend and got there 4:30-5 and the whole place was PACKED wall to wall with people of all ages dancing…adults and toddlers.  It was this one big samba party and most restaurants aren’t even serving their senior specials yet.  WOW.  This is going to be a fun night.

So being that we needed to catch up to all of the others who had clearly been drinking since noon, we ordered a pitcher of caipirinhas and some food.  I never had one before.  *gasp*  I know.  So those drinks are STROOOOOONG as hell.  I had one sip and I was like “Keep all of your lighters away from me when I exhale please!”  But needless to say, after the third glass I felt like I was drinking lime juice 😉 

Good thing we ate before we really started enoying our caipirinhas because the food was unpretentious and delicious.  We decided on sharing everything so we didn’t gouge ourselves since we had a lot of dancing to do!  We shared an order of the Pao de Queijo (cheese bread), Bolinho de Bacalhau (codfish fritters) and a hefty order of the Costela “Miss Favela” com Pure de Mandioca (Braised short ribs with yucca puree).  The fritters had potential, however the dish was an epic fail because of the most simple error in cooking….too much salt!  I love freshly squeezed lime on most seafood items, so I generously sprayed the fritters.  Unbeknownst to me, they were already barely edible, but the lime juice had put them over the edge.  Couldn’t finish them.  Thank goodness for the cheese bread and the short ribs, because they were deeeelish!  The the little round discs of goodness were perrrrfect.  Light, soft, warm and just the perfect appetizer.  The short ribs was hearty and definitely shareable by two people with smaller appetites.  The picture doesn’t really show that dish’s full carnivorous status, but it was definitely a meaty dish!  Now, this was a night of many firsts for me…caipirinhas, drinking pitchers of booze before 6pm, samba and also my first time trying actual pureed yucca.  When the dish arrives, it looks just like the meat is resting on a bed of soft mashed potatoes, but oh different it is.  If you know the difference between an actual yucca and a potatoe, you can already understand what the differences in the pureed variety are going to be.  The puree was more dense, tacky and starchy than the mashed p’s, but it was very very good. 

Throughout the meal, Fashionista and I kept commenting on how bummed we were that we didn’t come here sooner 😦  After we were done eating, we joined the rest of our group on the outside patio portion of the restaurant were they were drinking and enjoying the loud rumbling of the Williamsburg Bridge above and the music from inside.  Everyone was so friendly and we met so many new people that night that it almost felt like we weren’t in NY anymore.  Before we knew it, it was midnight and we moved the party inside and danced like fools to samba with our new friends for another few hours.  So.  Brooklyn.





1 Response to “Miss Favela (Williamsburg)”

  1. 1 Fashonista :-)
    June 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    At least we got to go there one more time! I’ll have to come visit next summer so we can go together again!

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