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“Nice non-chain restaurant in the theater district.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Havana Central

Havana Central
151 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th ave, New York City, NY 10036
+1 212-398-7440
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Ranked #684 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between 6th & 7th
Transit: N,R,W trains at 49th St B,D,F,V trains at 47-50th St's N,Q,R,S,W,1,2,3,7 trains at Time Square
Description: Havana Central evokes the 1950s golden era of Cuba, capturing Havana’s heyday as the world’s most tantalizing playground. Through its festive ambiance, vibrant décor and mouth-watering food, dining at Havana Central is like taking a mini vacation. Executive Chef Stanley Licairac’s traditional dishes like Vaca Frita, Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo are an unmistakable celebration of Cuban cuisine. The cocktail list includes the best Mojitos and Sangrias in New York; the wine list is filled with Latin American favorites. Havana Central Times Square opened in 2005, followed by Havana Central Upper West Side in 2007. Hours and menus vary by location.
Pittsburgh
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“Nice non-chain restaurant in the theater district.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

After wandering around to find a non-chain restaurant in the theater district, we stumbled upon Havana Central. I can't testify to how authentically Cuban the food was, but it was tasty and the service was good. There was live music that added to the fun atmosphere without overwhelming conversation. Out bill was a bit high for two people at $125, but we did order an appetizer sampler and a pitcher of sangria, in addition to our entrees. I would try it again the next time I'm in New York.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food great atmosphere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Dined here after our Broadway show. Not crowded during the week at all. Enjoyed the empanadas (Pork was the best!), and also the Mojitos! Food was generous and very good.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Real hidden gem tourists do not really know about”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Loved it! A friend who is a "real" Newyorker suggested this place. What a wonderful place, great simple food, fantastic service! I will go there everytime I will be in Manhattan! Even the kids had a blast and loved the food!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Cuban outside of Key West (and Cuba, of course)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great late night atmosphere.

We went after seeing Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Close walk, just off Times Square.

The salsa band was cranking, couples danced as they waited for tables, everybody was happy, and the food was amazing.

Best cuban I've had outside of south florida. The Mojito was wonderful.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing food, amazing atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My boyfriend and I bought a Restaurant.com gift certificate for this restaurant. We walked in on a busy Wednesday night, and were greeted by friendly hostesses. The lower part of the restaurant was completely packed. Instead of making us wait on a table, one of the hostesses recommended that we sit in the VIP lounge upstairs. Now let me tell you, the upstairs point of view over the restaurant was AMAZING. I was astonished by how comfortable the chairs, and the dim lighting were. And on top of all of that, the service and food were well above par, and exceeded every one of my expectations. I will definitely be coming back to Havana Central next time I am in NYC.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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