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Cafe Habana

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Nolita
Mexican, Caribbean, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Cuban, South American
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17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012
212.625.2001
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Takeout
Description: It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt...
It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt is 212-625-2001
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  • 39
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Perfect place, very tasty foods ... Especially the roasted corn. Friendly service staff and great music. You need a reservation or to wait for a single table if you want to eat something.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Perfect place, very tasty foods ... Especially the roasted corn. Friendly service staff and great music. You need a reservation or to wait for a single table if you want to eat something.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We stopped by mid afternoon on a Thursday, there was a line out the door. There is limited seating but was worth the 30 minute wait. Best Cuban sandwich I've had.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had a late lunch here and got right in. We missed the dinner and brunch crowds, which was great because people were waiting right after we sat down. Portions are huge, and the foot was tasty. It's small and crowded, but we liked it. The fish tacos and the cuban sandwich were super tasty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This place gets rave reviews but, not so sure why ?? Its in a hip Nolita location with a decor that's sort of "50's latina diner" style with tattooed trendy waitress trying very hard to be cool and an interesting seeming menu of Cuban/Mexican fare. But, the problem is the food when it arrives is actually really average and overblown.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Very bustling and charming atmosphere. The food was amazing. Certainly one of he best Cuban/Mexican restaurants I have ever been. If you are in NYC, this is a must stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Cafe Habana is really good, tasty and original. The Mexican food are really good. One of the coolest place to have a lunch break in Nolita ! Love it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is the kind of place I like eating in New York, not the fancy restaurants, but the real cafes and shops that have alot of character, and this is one is oozing character. I had the cuban sandwich which is so good, crunchy bread and tender pork. Also had the corn, this is a must if you come in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The corn on the cob amazing, the Cuban sandwich best in New York City. The atmosphere a little hot and sweaty, the food speaks for itself. Simple, traditional Cuban menu, served the way you would expect it delicious, Perfect little corner place if you've got the hankering for a little Cuban in your life!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I love this place. From the corn on the cob, to the mojitos, it's a great treat to enjoy Cuban food in NYC. I do think this place gets very hot but that I suppose is the appeal of the restaurant. I always enjoy my visits to Cafe Habana.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

One of my absolute favorite places in the city. Their corn is some of the best I belive you can find in this world. Simply a place worth visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: 212.625.2001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Cuban, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt is 212-625-2001
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Nolita

Neighborhood Profile
Nolita
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighborhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighborhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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