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Cafe Habana

17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012
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Ranked #392 of 11,618 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt is 212-625-2001
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85% Recommend
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English first
Bronx, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The phrase "Best in the city" has been so overused that most places have been criminally overrated. When I read that Cafe Habana had "The best Cuban Sandwich in New York City", I immediately thought "here we go again". I've had Cuban sandwiches all over NYC, and I have got to say that this was the best Cuban I've ever... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited Cafe Habana after a recommendation and were very glad we did. It's pretty small, and obviously very popular so be prepared to be close to your neighbouring diners, but that is part of the charm. Service was great, and the food was awesome. Everyone will tell you to have the corn, and you definitely should! The roast pork... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Grilled Corn Mexican Style served with mayonnaise, cotija cheese (hard cow's milk cheese that originated from Mexico. It is named after the town of Cotija, Michoacán), chili (sic)powder and lime by two thanks. That is all you need to know about this place.

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San Francisco, California
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202 reviews 202 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The people milling around outside this tiny cafe was enough for us to wander in & try the corn out. It was good but not earth shattering good like the corn at mamasita in Melbourne.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The tiny restaurant was packed, but we were squished into a table for two amongst masses of other customers chatting and laughing. It had a really atmosphere, music and chatting. The food was ordered quickly, arrived quickly and paid for quickly which is great when you want something for lunch in btwn shopping and sightseeing. I'd definitely go again.

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Seattle, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We got a Cuban sandwich, a stuffed corn item (can't remember the name), sweet plantains, spicy spinach, and lemonades. We sat at the counter overlooking Elizabeth street and it was a great quick option. I liked all the food very much but my husband thought the pork on the sandwich was too dry. If I lived near this place I... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great spot to sit and have a drink, a cuban sandwich (or breakfast) and delight with the corn on the cob! I standard for each NYC visit.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We were "sent" here for the corn, found it's counterpart - the Cuban sandwich and can only say: divine. Tiny place - you'll be lucky to find a table during peak hours. Their To-Go service just around the corner is a life saver. Service is very friendly (were with 3 kids - not an easy task). Prices are very decent.... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great food, mostly remind a mexican food. No doubt it is value for money and the margaritas huge and tasty. The corn is divine. Take it.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A hearty, tasty, salty and satisfying sandwich, in a relaxed, quick-bite setting. Just what you need when walking around NYC on a hot afternoon! Everyone raves about the corn, which looked great, but I didn't try as I was distracted by the sandwich. Also, they served ice cold coke in old school glass bottles!

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