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Favela in Astoria?

I spotted this place the other day as I was driving up 34th St., waiting for the light to change at 30th Ave. It was cute-looking, with a brick-walled interior, outdoor seating w/ flower boxes - you don't see that every day in these parts. I have no idea about it beyond that. (Didn't have time to park and scope it out. I was on a mission to score a baguette and nothing was going to slow me down.) I assume it's Brazilian, from the name. I'd love to hear from anyone who's stopped in.

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  1. They just opened up- it used to be a tiny churascaria called Girosol I think. I picked up the menu and it looks tasty and inexpensive. Definitely Brazilian- Lots of meat, a roasted rib dish caught my fancy. They have specials every day- different stews, bacalau on Fridays, etc. I plan on trying it this week, and I'll report back.

    1. Where on 34th street is this? I walked down 30th Ave to 34th street and checked out all the corners of the intersection but didn't find it.

      1. It is actually on 28th avenue- near 34th street- hope you didn't get too wet!

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        1. re: quentinC

          Oops - sorry. I could've sworn it was on 30th.

        2. Does anyone have an exact address for this place? This could be another option for me this evening, but I can't find an address or number. Is it def. on 28th?

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          1. re: lambretta76

            probly too late for you. yes, it's def. on 28th, right next to a chinese takeout and al-omda or whatever that mideast place is called.

            i haven't been to favela yet.

          2. I just had lunch there and it was GREAT!!

            The people working are friendly and fluent in English. They have a la carte entrees for $12 to $16. The entrees are more adventurous and somewhat cheaper than Sabor Tropico. $12 gets you "sauteed chicken on the bone with peppers in a pan seared wine and tomato sauce served with polenta" On weekdays, there's a daily special with rice and beans for $10. Before 3 PM it's $7 (smaller portion). That's what I had. It being Friday, I got a stew made of dried codfish (bacalhau), potatoes, olives and onions cooked in olive oil with parsley and bay leaf. I wish I'd ordered the bigger portion.

            I've passed this place several times before and it's always empty. Eat there while you can. It just could be the best Brazilian around.

            33-18 28 Av
            (718) 545-8250

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            1. re: Brian S

              had to try this place out since i too have been looking for delish brazilian food. it was very very very good. the staff was lovely and the food was perfectly done. i had the picanha which is my fav cut of meat, it came with black beans and rice and farofa which i love. The portion was huge ($15-def worth it) and would have fed 2 people if they weren't as starved as i was! they don't have a liquor license yet for hard alcohol so a brahma went along just fine with dinner. i would highly recommend a visit.
              here's a pic of my picanha in case you wanted to check it out...i love photographing my food!
              http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/79...