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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 97 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.6
Service 3.0 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 625-2002
(212) 625-2001
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc Brunch Hours Sat-Sun: 9am-4:30pm
Daily: 9am-12am
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
People Watching, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
4th St to Canal St 6th Ave to Essex St

User Reviews

  • 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.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Matt Deluxe on 02/05/2007

    Corn + Enchiladas Suizas w/ Extra Sauce

    This place may be super crowded, and the waitstaff may be overworked (and overtrendy,) and the prices might be a little high..... But it is all worth it. Don't even look at the menu. Just order this: An order of grilled corn. Chicken Enchiladas Suizas (with yellow rice and black beans) A side order of Suiza Sauce. A mojito (or a Mandarin Jarritos, if yer on the wagon.) It is pure heaven. Seriously. Just try it.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2007

    Great NY Spot

    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???

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by MJ on 01/29/2007

    Good food. poor service. long wait.

    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.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Pook on 01/28/2007

    Great steak options

    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.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Victor's sister on 01/24/2007

    Not worth the energy

    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.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by SpellN on 01/18/2007

    Poor service

    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.

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