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Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2007
Not sure what some of the reviewers are talking about...I ate at Habana with a friend last week and had amazing service. All three servers that were working were friendly and checked on our table throughout our dinner. While the food won't blow you away, the grilled corn is to die for and the atmosphere is fun if you're looking for a NY hot spot that doesn't cost a fortune. And the crowd was a mixture of "types" - not just hipsters. I came straight from work in a suit and felt perfectly comfortable. Not sure what all the fuss is about having to wait for a table either -- the place is tiny! What do you expect in New York City???
Posted by MJ on 01/29/2007
My title pretty much says it all. Cafe Habana does have good food, if you go, try the corn, the grilled chicken and chicken diablo. Rice and beans are good also. Their portions are also very satisfying. The prices--I found them a little high considering atmosphere. However, the two things that would make me reconsider coming here -- the wait and the service. There's two adjacent areas, take out and dine-in area. The dine-in, forget it, the wait is endless. Go to the take-out area, you'll get your food much faster. Though we still had to wait 15 mintues for our take out because we ordered two entrees (sandwich and grilled steak). If you order corn, they get it to you in a few minutes. I guess ordering entrees really throws them off. And the stories about their service are true, the ladies behind the counter are not nice, not friendly, never smile and not helpful. They also roll their eyes or frown in response to orders. And granted it's take out, I wasn't expecting good service but I didn't expect that it would be that bad. Luckily their food is good that it makes you want to come back. And I would, but not as often as I'd like due to their wait and service. So yeah, if you're not too hungry and willing to be patient with the staff and the wait, I say go for it.
Posted by Pook on 01/28/2007
Loved the steak burrito and the grilled steak sandwich. Corn is the best corn I've ever had. Plantains weren't very good; we got more corn instead. The service is not good, but I'm over it. The food is good enough for return trips.
Posted by Victor's sister on 01/24/2007
Ok, so you arrive at a corner where there are tons of young hipsters who are probably living off of trust funds or just surviving from paycheck to paycheck and discover they are all in line for a table at Cafe Habana. Well, my first impulse was to run away and find a nice little equally dumpy looking restaurant a few blocks away in much tastier Chinatown. But, instead, I stook out a ridiculously long wait for a table, which was right next to the busboy station. The waitress couldn't care less if I was alive or dead and the food came out burnt. It was not worth the time, the energy and I think the people who come here to be a part of the scene are all so caught up in what they think is cool that they don't care that the food is ten times better at the local McDonald's.
Posted by SpellN on 01/18/2007
My friend and I went to Cafe Habana last night for her birthday. We were seated right away but waited about twenty minutes for our waitress to take our order. The food was fine, when it came. After dinner, we ordered Mexican Hot Chocolates for dessert, a request that was met with something of an eyeroll from the waitress. She came by to look into our cups and see if we were done yet about five minutes later. The restaurant was filling up, but there were empty tables still, including one right next to ours. As soon as the last drop of chocolate hit our tongues, she wisked away the cups and brought the check. She then came by about every minute to pick up the check to see if we had paid yet. Then, another waitress came over and said, "Excuse me, do you need change or something?" And stood there until we took out our wallets. Mind you, we were in and out of the restaurant in just over an hour - counting the twenty minutes we waited for our order to be taken. I have absolutely never experienced SUCH attitude. You can find delicious hip Mexican and Cuban restaurants everywhere - don't pick this one.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2007
Love the food and atmosphere, except for one waitress. Went for an early dinner, and there were like 5 other people in the entire restaurant, yet she kept telling me to move my purse off of the booth. Asked me about 15 times. There was NO ONE sitting there. Then brought me a mojito with her hair in it, and didnt even apologize. Took about another hour to get a second hair-free drink. Despite her attitude, i did enjoy the food!
Posted by YouAreAmusedByMe on 12/23/2006
Yes, it's true, the corn really is that good. I would love to shake the hand of the person that thought that one up- seriously, it's that good. The rest of the menu is good (although not amazing, the corn overshadows all) but it is absolutely worth a delivery order or To-Go visit. Don't be apalled if you wait about five minutes on hold to place order, that's just their standard. Yes, the corn is worth it. Dining there is a whole other story. Brace yourself for a lengthy wait and some of the most obnoxious people on earth, all contained in one place. The L train should consider an extension leading right to it's door. There are times that it feels like a little piece of Williamsburg was transplanted in NoLita. And... although 'Habana' is in the title, there isn't very much Cuban food on the menu outside of the 'Cuban Sandwich'. In fact, it's pretty much Mexican without the tacos. As a Cuban American transplant, I can guarantee it's just general latin food- so don't stop in here if you're looking for croquetas, Bistec Empanizado or Ropa Vieja. Get in a car and run to Union City, NJ for that. You're better off and it's a whole other world. Regardless... the food is pretty solid and it's definitely worth a looksy. Did I mention the corn rocks?