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“Do yourself a favor and go!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana
17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012 (Nolita)
212.625.2001
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Ranked #286 of 11,186 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
Neighborhood: Nolita
Description: It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt is 212-625-2001
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Do yourself a favor and go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Cafe Habana is a small, unassuming restaurant in SOHO. When we arrived, we were told that it was going to be an hour wait. After seeing the food being served, we realized it was worth it! The food is OUTSTANDING, the service is fast, the restaurant is completely unpretentious and the neighborhood is fun to walk around in. A terrific, out of the way, fabulous restaurant!

Visited July 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Such a great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I went to Café Habana for dinner in October and it has been a very positive experience!!

The place is quite small and very popular, hence get ready to queue for a bit before being able to get a table! But in the meanwhile you can enjoy their great mojitos!

Food quality is very high and portions are very big, all this for a very small price!

Absolutely a place where to go while staying in NY!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Awesome - well worth waiting for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Ok, first thing - DO wait in line, it so worth it. Secondly, its cramped but again, so worth it. Get the corn! You get two cobs in one serving so you can share - it is delicious. Fresh lime juice fantastic. Wonderful atmosphere, great food, lovely service, busy, buzzing and so recommended. We cancelled our booking at a hard-to-book swanky restaurant because we liked the look of this place more- we were so right. Go there, you won't regret it

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Just great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Inexpensive, tasty and innovative Cuban food with a difference...fantastic service and atmosphere... This place has soul. Well worth the wait and definitely for the young and young at heart...

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San Francisco
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Old Faithful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

It's still as tasty and as economical as ever. We always schedule a visit to this hole in the wall, be prepared to wait diner, for the past 10 years! The corn never disappoints with its mayo-butter chili powder dusting and the other items, bbq chicken salad, cuban sandwiches and fish tacos are also delish! Cocktails are good and fun to watch being made in the tiny bar but be prepared to wait to be seated as there always seems to be a line to get in at any hour. Hint, keep away from being seated between 4-4:30 when they change cooks and wait staff. Be prepared for claustrophobia if you need to use their bathrooms.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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