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PRICE RANGE
$16 - $41
CUISINES
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Sponsored by: Cafe Habana

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Unmatched Authenticity
1. Unmatched Authenticity
Signature corn is a must try in NYC. Unparalleled flavor
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2. Fresh Ingredients and Quality
2. Fresh Ingredients and Quality
Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients
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3. Best Cuban Outside of Miami
3. Best Cuban Outside of Miami
Bringing Miami, Cuba, and Mexico to your plate
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Reviewed 16 August 2023 via mobile

This restaurant used to be great, but the service is sorely lacking, try the other Cuban restaurants with better prices.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

Cubano sandwich and chips really good and the corn was fantastic. A little over priced and not very friendly service but overall delightful food.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

Excellent food ruined by worst service of our entire trip. Not busy at 2:30pm but we felt like we were disturbing our server from the moment we arrived. The order was correct but we got nothing but food without asking (napkins, for example) and she...seemed annoyed by that. We needed water refills but did without as she didn't check on us after bringing food and we didn't want another annoyed look like we got for the napkin request. After waiting a long time for the check, we stood up and put on our coats in hopes she'd know we were ready. She looked right at us and went back to talking to another employee. Would suggest only takeout here.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

Great food. Very tasty. I was there 4 times in 2 days for lunch and dinner. steak was my favorite. amazing corn. stop there to eat!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

In the heart of soho , I ate outside to have the real New York experience. Corn was to die for, Tacos were flavorful But the best of the best was the rice with the beans. I usually don’t eat the beans but they were...so good I finished them all ! If you want a quick food diner … go thereMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 20 March 2022 via mobile

We visited Cafe Habana for a lunch on a Sunday. Found it thru another search site looking for “Mexican Food near us” and decided to try it because of the rave reviews for the Elote corn and because they had black beans. A small hole...in the wall with limited seating, but a lot of character showing that it hasn’t changed much since it opened…a good sign to me after 40 plus years. We agreed that we’ve had better street corn (too much mayo, not enough Cojita). Since we had just had a croissant and a cookie at Levian we split the Avocado, Cheese, and Verdi Salsa burrito. I wish we hadn’t! The burrito was stuffed with rice and black beans then pressed and toasted panini style. This was exactly what we were looking for! We agreed that on our next trip to NYC we might need to visit twice…and not split.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 23 February 2022

Sweet baby jesus, I found the perfect cocktail..Bits of Jalapenos and Cucumbers will make your mouth dance with joy..Pay the extra $4 get the large..I swear its equal to 2 strong drinks.. I love the apps here. Tostones and Guacamole are perfect.. and lordy lordy...the mexican street corn. Place does look a bit dumpy, like an old diner...service is great as wellMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

Place has gone downhill. Rusty tables (unsafe), unkept ambience. Pretending its Cuban charm, but it’s really just cheap management not keeping the place. Service is horrendous. That being said, food is decent. But won’t come back (used to be a regular 5 years ago).

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 May 2021 via mobile

What a gem! Had a brunch there with my husband and was pleasantly surprised with the service, the food quality and prices. It's not a fancy place, but rather a hole in the wall type of thing. Yet, we totally enjoyed our experience. Fish tacos...and pork tacos were yummy! Margaritas ($10 each) were to die for. Grilled corn and sweet plantains were delicious as well. We will definitely return!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Jose Luis S, Owner at Cafe Habana, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2021

Thanks for your review and feedback! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 26 January 2020

The best place for breakfast and a snack. Always like to go there for a sandwich and breakfast because that’s when it’s less busy. I enjoyed the small place and the staff service

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 10 January 2020

Cafe habana is a small restaurant, but turnover seemed quick and we were able to get a table without booking. The service was excellent, both friendly and speedy, and the food was outstanding! Definitely worth a visit

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 9 January 2020

Our 15-year-old son considers that this was the best food in our entire trip. He had the recommended Cuban sandwich which he raves about and did not let us taste (which he normally would). The limeade and cafe con leche were also excellent. My chicken...quesadilla was delicious and so filling I could not finish it. Great location, friendly service, excellent food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

came here with family for an early dinner on sunday night. they don't take reservations. it's a small, cozy corner mexican restaurant that has a diner type of decor inside. the margarita was great, strong. the plantain chips and guacamole app was the highlight for...me. my kids had the enchiladas suiza and shrimp tacos which were both good. my wife had the vegetarian quesadilla which was mediocre. total for 4 of us with tip was $100 - 1 margarita, 1 app, 3 entrees. service was efficient.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

If you are looking for authentic and real Mexican food, this is the place. I recommend the elote and the torts de queso

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 27 September 2019 via mobile

Came for the Mexican Corn, stayed for the Cuban sandwich. Bothe were excellent. Best Cuban pork sandwich in NY.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Sure, we serves first to come, but we always can accommodate you
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Response from GcinaL | Reviewed this property |
This in in Manhattan, so not great at all! One would advise that you either use Uber, the yellow cab or the Subway.
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CAFE HABANA, New York City - Downtown Manhattan (Downtown) - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Habana

Yes, Cafe Habana offers takeaway services.

Yes, Cafe Habana is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Cafe Habana is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4