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Posted by frenetica on 05/17/2006
I know everybody raves on and on about the corn, but how hard can it be to chargrill some old, fibrous corncobs, douse with lime juice, cheese and chili powder? I had the Pollo Mirador. This was butterflied chicken breast drowned in a faintly acidic cornstarch sauce with some boiled garlic cloves in it. The "spicy" spinach contained no spice. My boyfriend had the pork/rice/beans combo. The pork consisted of a massive pile of flavourless shredded pork which might as well have been boiled in plain salted water. The rice and beans were absolutely fine but for the price ought to have been more than standard. Tables are tiny, wait staff are only reasonably attentive.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2006
All my friends and co-workers LOVE this place and I agree 100%! The food is amazing and at a great value. The chipotle mayo is to die for and their Cuban Sandwich is rated as one of the best in the City. Quality and quantity are amazing - my highest rating and recommendation. Whether its authentic or not, I don't care - it just tastes great.
Posted by Nolita local on 05/03/2006
Let me be frank - the only standout on this menu is the grilled corn. Everything else is mediocre. I occasionally order takeout here, and the cuban sandwich is serviceable. Rice and beans are bland and the pernil was a loss. This place is all about the hipster/tourist scene and little to do with the food. As someone else said, if it is good cuban you seek, head uptown.
Posted by NY Foodie on 04/20/2006
I accompanied my hipster friend to this place he raved about... it was Cafe Habana - what a disappointment - we went on a weekday at around 2PM - you would think the lunch crowd would have died a little by then - but it had not. (What do hipsters do for a living?) We gave our name to the waitress - which was a little ditzy as she sat everyone who was waiting outside and then sat others who arrived 20 minutes after us and just walked straight up to her and asked to be sat down. What a crock! When we finally sat down in an extremely cramped table in the middle of the entrance - it took another 10 minutes to receive menus. The choices were neither Cuban nor Mexican - just influenced by the two and not too authentic. The corn was the only redeeming aspect of the whole place - it was OK - but if you want better corn go to Agave. We then ordered meals - a cuban sandwich - seemed like a no-brainer at a Cuban place, right? buty it was a disappointment. My hipster friend had the fish tacos - I tried them - they were better than my sandwhich but still not very good. Then the coffee - has this place ever heard of the "Cuban coffee?" - They gave me a weak espresso at best. I know that I have been spoiled by actually tasting good cuban food before - but I don't know how this place stays in business and is so full of people. But this just goes to show you that the hipster scene, like their overpriced vintage (used) clothing is nothing but unauthentic - like the food they like.
Posted by Vanessa on 03/15/2006
I am sitting here on my sofa with hot water bottles enduring my painful time of month and there is nothing that I want more than their AMAZING CORN. It is sour and salty and creamy and crunchy. It's sooooo good. When I heard that their corn was good, I thought, "corn? how good can corn be?" Turns out it can be amazing. The corn is enough of a reason to go there. They don't deliver to my neighbourhood, so I may have to take some advil and jump in a cab to get the corn that I'm craving...
Posted by Jill on 01/06/2006
I went here for lunch today, and it was such a great experience. From the friendly staff to the amazing food to the unique atmosphere, this place is a must-go-to. I'll definitely return. We really enjoyed the grilled corn and our entrees were outstanding. It's very tiny though, so at peak times I bet it's chaos. Great value too- a lot of food for your money.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2006
I go here at least twice a month. I am semi-addicted to the spinach and rice veggie plate. I don't really go there for the scene, although it is going on around you. The place is a nice little busy spot to start off or end a day of shopping. Everything is not the best, but the staples like the corn and beans are a sure thing. Give it a try, but be prepared for a wait.