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Posted by Mott Street on 04/19/2005
This spot offers an amazing grilled corn with lime and white cheese - do not miss it! The steak as well as the sliced steak sandwich are both great too. I agree with the others, though, very difficult to get seated, and the tables are on top of each other (don't expect a private nor romantic setting). Service is just plain rude. They have a Habana-to-go next door that is much easier, but with a slightly more limited menu (but does have the corn!). I'd suggest going there instead to avoid the crowds and hassle.
Posted by K8 on 01/21/2005
Cafe Habana used to be one of those places to sit around and sip a cafe con leche on a lazy Saturday afternoon. That was back when you could sit and not be ushered out by the new waitstaff comprised of skinny little things who haven't eaten since the womb. Look, some of the food is really good (cuban, steak sandwich, chicken salad) but the lame duck attitude given by the waitstaff is flat out silly. Best way to rock the place is to sit at the bar with a paper and mind your own. If you don't have a paper, go ahead and listen to the folks talking about how they "once filmed a Lenny Kravitz video here..." Hmmmm....something ain't right.
Posted by luvinit on 11/18/2004
Habana is the best if you don't think so your a fool try the tyacoyo tres maria.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2004
The waitstaff used to be hot and friendly. Now they are just full of attitude. They are unaccomodating, especially with seating. Besides the corn and the coconut flan, the food could have been better. Unimpressed.
Posted by LouisM on 10/31/2004
I do think this place is overrated. TONY has it in their top 100, Go figure. I did, however, find the roasted corn to be worth waiting on and wadiing through the crowd for. Although the corn itself was out of season--it had that woody consistency-- it has a quirky appeal with all the spice and cheese. Actually quite tasty. An excellent casse-croute. I found the use of smoked cheese in the chicken quesadilla not to be to my taste. I must say that the portions are generous and the waitstaff friendly, if a tad non-chalant..
Posted by bronson on 09/10/2004
Don't agree it's headed down hill, but could use some internal management. Place is making plenty of dollars. The food's ok and there's still somewhat of a decent crowd during the week. It's hard to keep things quiet in NY, and people catch on fast. It's a cool place and the waitresses are delighful, especially the blonde -
Posted by neighborhoodite on 08/21/2004
Although I live in the neighborhood, I would never consider eating in Habana do to the fact that its constantly overrun with tourists and pretentious wanna be's. The food is somewhat good, but for those who know, it was definately better a couple years ago. Service is poor. Ordering out, my average wait time on the phone is 5-8 minutes. That's a long time for being on hold for just a sandwich. This place could be a long running hot spot if only they would refocus on what made them great in the first place, Food and Service, and not something featured on MTV.