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Cafe Habana

17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012
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Ranked #551 of 11,650 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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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A friend of us recommended this place, we stopped by in the afternoon so it wasn't super busy. The restaurant is super cute inside the service was good. The grilled Mexican style corn was delicious!!! It's a good little pit stop while you walk the streets of NYC.

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315 reviews 315 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a small restaurant with a long line of diners waiting for a table. We waited over an hour. The food was well worth the wait. The chicken Enchiladas were excellent. So was the corn. The service was very good. The next day we returned but visited the takeout restaurant run by them next door. They had few tables... More

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Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Not much to word about, a popular cheap local hangout, Food wise you properly better of at any food truck serving mexican/cuban The guest sitting by me were turned off by the poor service. I guess I did not expect seamless service. Must tacos got a lot of flavor, Looks like the Cafe Habana got a big fan club so... More

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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Busy little place but worth the wait if you can't get in straight away

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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a great little cafe but it's always really busy…if you go around the corner they have a mini branch cooking the same food with a small seating area inside and some benches outside. Everything is nice but if it's your first time and you like corn on the cob, get that, it's their speciality and is done 'Mexican... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

One of my friend recommended Cafe Habana and I was there at my last night of my trip . Cafe Habana has an amazing atmosphere with a kind staff. We tried a Grilled Corn Mexican Style and a Sincronizada Toluca. Both of them were tasty and fresh. I will go back to Cafe Habana in my next trip.

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Adelaide, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There are so many options for breakfast in Manhattan it can all get a bit mind blowing. This place is just different! Huevos Divorciados is a must.

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It's not even worth the effort of writing this review... It's way over sold because of its name... The food is very poor, and the service is better at the halal guys in NYC streets... The water came as we're leaving (45 mins).. They even refused to give me olive oil for my poor salad. I refused of course to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited this place for lunch after being recommended. Do not go, as simple as that. Food bad, service terrible, and the air con is so high that food gets cold in 20 secs.

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Bronx, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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