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Cafe Habana

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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Mexican
As featured in Manhattan to Remember
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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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Hunter, New York
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Habana is kind of like a Cuban diner. It's casual. It's cheap. And has drool worthy comfort food. I was so excited to pay my first visit to this Cuban gem on a cold, snowy day for some late Saturday brunch. We were seated in about 15 minutes, much shorter than a typical wait I am told, though we... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for dinner.. Started out with the corn and I must say it was the best I ever had. The Cuban sandwich was delicious and Garlic shrimp was also unbelievable.. Overall, the best Cuban food I had in NYC and will be back for sure..

Thank Justin W
Southside, Alabama
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 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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105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 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 

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Ankara, Turkey
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

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.

1 Thank Oruç Y
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

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 

1 Thank Ben S
Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 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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469 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

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 

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Leon, Nicaragua
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34 reviews
14 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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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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