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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?
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2006
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!
Posted by PS on 08/29/2006
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.
Posted by dirtystan on 07/06/2006
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!
Posted by the corn rocks! on 07/05/2006
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!
Posted by elizabeth street resident on 06/17/2006
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..
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.