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Cafe Habana

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  • Mexican, Latin American, Cuban
  • 17 Prince St, New York NY10012 40.722933 -73.994193
  • (At Elizabeth St)
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  • (212) 625-2002
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User Ratings (Based on 96 reviews)

3.455
Food 3.8 Value 3.6
Service 3.0 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 625-2002
voice
(212) 625-2001
Website:
www.cafehabana.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Hours:
Daily: 9am-12am
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
People Watching, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
10.00
Delivery Area:
4th St to Canal St 6th Ave to Essex St

User Reviews

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by mimi on 08/16/2007

    Now I Know

    Been meaning to try this place for a while, because as everyone notes, the grilled corn is amazing. So, went last nite on a Wed. Arrive a bit after 6. Did not have to wait at all for a table, but the place was semi busy. Had the corn. Almost went to heaven. OMG it was so good! I like corn on the cob in general, but what makes this different is that they add cheese and spices to it...basically to me, it tasted like eating buttered popcorn covered corn. It was sooo delicious. Also had the grilled skirt steak--it was ok, but tasted kinda bland. My friend noted that it was not as bland the last time she had it so I guess thats a hit or miss. Mango margarita was good and the service was decent--no complaints at all. However it was rather muggy and hot and so we were sweating in there...small place, not sure the AC was really on cuz all the windows and doors were open as well. Would def go back for the corn, and try other dishes on the menu!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Magoo on 08/15/2007

    Best french toast I've ever had

    Brunch is worth the wait at Cafe Habana. Any time after 12 on the weekends you will wait, and its true, service is spacey at best, but its worth it. I've tried just about everything on the brunch menu, but I keep going back to the french toast. You must try that, and the corn. Be prepared to wait for it though, as the servers don't seem to notice the crowds or be in any rush to get you your drinks. They are always pleasant though. Also, tables are VERY small and close together, so don't come here looking for an intimate conversation, unless you want to include your neighbors.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2007

    Best food ever: but poor service

    Great sandwiches, the best I have ever had, but the staff is surly and unresponsive. What's more, the place is dirty and it was about 100 degrees in there this afternoon. Prices are a little high, but the food is worth it. Best bet -- call ahead and pick up so you can maximize your enjoyment of the food while avoiding the crowds and staff as much as possible.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Pam on 07/06/2007

    Perfectamente

    I come here from Cherry Hill, NJ. My husband comes more often sometimes for lunch. They always remember him. The owner, the maitre di, and the chef are great. I love this little place because it is so New York. The food is wonderful and the Rojo Viejo is the best we've had outside of Miami. What more can you ask for. If you don't want to try it - don't worry - more room for us.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by live around the corner on 06/03/2007

    I would eat here all the time, BUUUTT

    You're kidding me! The food is great and they play really good tunes - hence the crowds. I've gone for breakfast during the week, brunch on the weekends and dinner whenever (I live around the corner). The food is always great but 9 out of 10 times, somebody pisses me off... and that's hard to do. The staff is just too cool for school. I don't need much attention... You don't even have to be nice to me. Just don't be an *sshole! Seriously... They do so much biz that it doesn't effect their bottom line, and I keep going back. I wish I had the momney to buythe place... I'd fire everybody but the cooks!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by citywopat on 03/13/2007

    Only thing worth mentioning is Corn!

    I have been here a few times, always trying to find something worthwhile and the only thing that stands out is the grilled corn! I'm sorry but it is JUST a trendy place and you will pay for your small space! The drinks for brunch are horrible and watered down. Probably will not be back here again, UNLESS it changes drastically, which I doubt!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/27/2007

    Awesome Grilled Corn on the Cob

    The food is worth the wait for a table in this small and crowded restaurant. If there is one thing you must order it is the the grilled corn on the cob. It is covered with chili spice, cheese and butter and it tastes great. My main course of chicken with a tomatillo based mole sauce was great too. The beer selection was good but the mojito was not so good. Seems like it was made with a sugar syrup and had a weird aftertaste. One word of advice:get there early and be prepared to wait for a table, but once you are inside you will realize that it was all worth the wait.

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