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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)

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 YouAreAmusedByMe on 12/23/2006

    Great Corn, Horrible Hipsters

    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?

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2006

    The Corn!

    Go for the Corn! If there is anything you do while in NYC...it's stop by Cafe Habana and eat the corn! I recommend going to Cafe Habana "To-Go" and getting corn as a quick afternoon snack. Awww... I want some corn now! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! Enjoy!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by PS on 08/29/2006

    One of my top 3 in NYC

    Needless to say, I adore this place - the corn is the best I've had, and I've taken numerous friends from all over the globe to try it.. and they all agree "best f*ing corn I've ever had". The pulled pork and pork chops are not too bad as well.. but the corn. Oh, the corn. Throw in a bottle of grapefruit soda, and you're good to go.

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by dirtystan on 07/06/2006

    Embrace the hipsterness people!

    It irritates me that some folks will write off a gem like Habana because they think it is too hip? Please. Cafe Habana never screws up, and you can't say that about many joints. I call the grilled corn "CrackCorn" cuz it is like crack to me. mmmm. And the avocado + white cheese torta. sigh. p.s. "hipsters" are usually hotter than those than denegrate them, which I suspect is the case here cuz the employees at Habana are lookers!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by the corn rocks! on 07/05/2006

    The best corn in nyc..

    I go about once a week for the most amazing corn on the cob anywhere!.. very crowded - but worth the wait.. just dont go with party of 4 or more,, better for tables of 2.. other than that.., it rocks!

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by elizabeth street resident on 06/17/2006

    Never fails

    Cafe Habana is one of the most consistent restuarants in the city. I have never had a bad meal there. It is totally crowded but you can always order from the take out which is what i always do. I eat there 2-3 times a week- great value - the tlacoyo is great as well as the plantains, corn, el mirador etc..

  • Cafe Habana

    Posted by frenetica on 05/17/2006


    I know everybody raves on and on about the corn, but how hard can it be to chargrill some old, fibrous corncobs, douse with lime juice, cheese and chili powder? I had the Pollo Mirador. This was butterflied chicken breast drowned in a faintly acidic cornstarch sauce with some boiled garlic cloves in it. The "spicy" spinach contained no spice. My boyfriend had the pork/rice/beans combo. The pork consisted of a massive pile of flavourless shredded pork which might as well have been boiled in plain salted water. The rice and beans were absolutely fine but for the price ought to have been more than standard. Tables are tiny, wait staff are only reasonably attentive.

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