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Cafe Habana

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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Mexican, Spanish
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17 Prince Street @ Elizabeth, New York City, NY 10012
+1 212-625-2001
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Southside, Alabama
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food. Very friendly staff. I highly recommend the Cuban sandwich, Mexican street corn is a MUST and the margaritas. May take a little bit of waiting but it's completely worth the wait!! Next time I visit NYC, this will be one of my first stops.

Thank Kendall B
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a popular restaurant without reservation in advance. We ordered Mexican style corn and Cuban sandwich. The corn is the best corn I have ever tried.

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Thank Joann C
New York City, New York
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite what they tell you on the phone, the takeout counter has a separate entrance and is a couple doors down from the famed corner Cafe Habana. Though the menu online claims cubano sandwich comes with fries, the takeout version is the same price but does not come with fries. Aside from flippant service, this is a reliable tasty local... More 

Thank Raventwisp
Ankara, Turkey
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried the Cuban Sandwich and Huevos Rancheros and both were excellent choices to try. They were both delicious and the prices are modest. The place always a little bit crowded but this is never a problem. The staff was very helpful.

Thank Oruç Y
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came pretty late and they found us a table. We ordered cocktails to start, both were great. We then had the corn... yes it is just corn and cheese and lime but these guys know what they are doing, it tasted awesome and you can see why people come here for it. The cuban sandwich is just beautiful. Succulent,... More 

Thank Ben S
Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Meet a friend who suggested this little place kinda out of the way for a tourist, more a local hidden gem. Beautiful margaritas on the rocks to start. All our food was exceptional, special mention goes to the grilled corn! A must!! Great decor & staff are on the ball & super friendly & down to earth. We dined in... More 

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New York City, New York
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455 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For all of you skeptics saying, "It's just overpriced corn and cheese. How good could it possibly be?", just give it a chance! It's as good as everyone says it is! It deffo is a tad overpriced (2 for $7.95) but it was worth every penny. It does get messy, and you will get corn stuck in your teeth, so... More 

Thank Melanie T
Leon, Nicaragua
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

We just stopped in for a cafe cubano. It was great! I used my Spanish with the waiter, so Nicaraguan Spanish also works in Cuba. The coffee was ok. The place was very attractive, nice ambience. I would not have found this place if it were not for my friends who love it. Next time, I will be eating dinner... More 

Thank Nicaragua P
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70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

This place boasts "Best Cuban Sandwich" in NYC Award. They're right! I missed the vote but I'd add Best Pork Taco to the accolades. Cafe has a 3-person counter and 3 tables so most patrons take their food to-go. We sat huddled in a corner with the front door opening and closing every few minutes. Not a place to linger.... More 

Thank Tony J B
Dallas, Texas
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303 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We visited here about 5 years ago, and then a second visit last weekend. Still great! The corn is incredible. Other food we had was really good as well, and the prices are very good for NYC.

Thank astaplet82

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Mexican, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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: +1 212-625-2001
It was also in the movie - Friends with Benefits...Phone number on receipt is 212-625-2001

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Staying in Nolita

Neighborhood Profile
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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