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Cafe Habana

  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
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    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Mexican, Latin American, Cuban
  • 17 Prince St, New York NY10012 40.722932 -73.994167
  • (At Elizabeth St)
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  • (212) 625-2001
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User Ratings (Based on 97 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.6
Service 3.0 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 625-2001
(212) 625-2001
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc Brunch Hours Sat-Sun: 9am-4:30pm
Cafe: 9am-12am Take Out: 11am-11pm
Breakfast, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Brunch, Catering, Delivery, Lunch, People Watching, Take Out
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
4th St to Canal St 6th Ave to Essex St

User Reviews

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Go for the corn! on 10/29/2007

    Great brunch staple

    One of my, if not my #1, favorite brunch spots in the city. The grilled corn is to die for, and the rest of the meals are just as delicious. My personal favorites are the french toast with fresh fruit and molletes with chorizo. Expect a long wait on the weekend and slightly rushed service - both of which are worth dealing with.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/27/2007

    Greasy food

    Did not enjoy my meal here. The food was not fresh tasting, but might hit the spot if you're in the mood for diner-style fare. Also, it was fairly bland... dishes that should be be spicy were not.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2007

    Good Food but poor service

    yes. good food. I should rather say great food. However the service is not good. Hostess and waitresses with unkind and arrogant attitude can ruin your delicious corn and cuban sandwich. They do not seem to care who ordered first and what was ordered... Also it took me about 10 mins to get another coke...

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Dee on 10/12/2007

    Its ok

    The food is good but I've had better. The corn is great but not worth the wait to eat in the restaurant. If you can do takeout or order delivery then thats better. Besides, the restaurant is so small it has no real atmosphere but lots of hot people!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by VB on 10/04/2007

    Cafe Wha?

    I don't know, but I must be missing something. I walked in with my kids and immediately became confused: no one came from behind the counter to seat us, after about three minutes (I'm pretty patient) I walked over to them and asked politely if we could have a table. Right off, there seemed to be some kind of weird communication problem, or misunderstanding, or maybe they were just all high. But, if they were high, they were more paranoid than laid back. After being seated, we didn't see anyone for about ten minutes. I stayed because I thought it was funny, and my kids had been asking me to take them there. I finally got the attention of some guy, and, about five minutes later, he came to take our order, although he didn't say anything - just looked at me. The food came and, well, whatever. It was good, but nothing I'd go back for. Maybe you have to be Cuban. Then, no one came around to clear the plates, dessert, etc. until I waved to them, ten minutes to get the check, even though the place is about 20X20. I'm a native New Yorker, but, in this place, I was treated like an alien (Mars).

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2007

    Overrated and bland

    Though the corn is delicious and drinks are decent, nearly everything else I've ordered has been bland, overcooked or otherwise slightly subpar. It's not terrible, but nor is it worth the expense or the wait. In particular, I caution against the mango salad, which comes with a tasteless, mayonnaise-like "raspberry vinagrette dressing."

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Susan on 08/28/2007

    Pretty Good

    I've been here three times (once was at the takeout place next door though). Of course as everyone mentions the grilled corn is excellent and never fails to please. The skirt steak was not that impressive and as another post mentioned a little bland - also a little more cooked that I would have liked and requested. The first time I was there I had the lemon chicken which was ok but nothing special. So far, it was the Cuban sandwich that I liked the most. Overall - the place is fun and gives you a real 'New York' feel since it's PACKED in there and models come and go... the service isn't the best but they try their best (they seem super busy). Generally there are groups of people loitering outside waiting for tables so if you're lucky (try an early dinner) there will be no wait.

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