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Cafe Habana

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Mexican, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Caribbean
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17 Prince St, New York City, NY 10012-3507
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Colleyville, Texas
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451 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in around three in the afternoon so it was not crowded at all and we lucked into a nice shaded spot on the patio. The cuban sandwich is big enough to share and the Frozen Morita, a combination Margarita and Mojito, was a terrific discovery on a hot New York afternoon. It is an order at the counter, cash... More 

Thank Mitch M
Naples, Italy
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75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been there on a saturday for lunch, there was a 10 minutes line, but I was alone so i think that if you are a group maybe you have to wait more time because the location is not so big. I went here to try the famous mexican style corn: it was so delicious!!! I've also had a moscow mule... More 

Thank giulsilvestri
Sacramento, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for something different in NYC? Visit this place, ask for the mexican corn, get David to tell him your favourite coctail and you'll get a night what you deserved... Tip: at the end you'll be full with the signature "shimps with beans with black rice" and margarita, so never go by car...

Thank Itdoesentmatter
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

The food at Cafe Habana is amazing. Their specially corn is what they're most known for, so be sure to get it. I usually get their fish tacos, which are great. The restaurant is super small, so there's usually quite a long wait - so go early! I live around the block, and have ordered a few times, but every... More 

Thank Alexis G
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

I cannot say enough about how amazing this food is! The portions are big, but not ridiculous. Their home made guacamole and grilled corn were exceptional. Flavors ranged from spicy to mild. The staff had no problem accommodating my child's request for no vegetables on his tacos. I would have rated this 5 stars except for the seating. It is... More 

Thank Wendy M
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I want to be sure that I'm being clear that this place is definitely excellent except for just one thing! We got lost on the subway during one of the hottest days on NY on a weekend. We had traveled for almost 40 mins lost and hungry. We called ahead to make sure they were open. We showed up literally... More 

Thank Jaime S
Acton, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We squeezed into this popular restaurant for an early Saturday dinner. The grilled corn is amazing! Everything we had was delicious. Seating is very tight, but everyone around us, including the servers, were good sports about being in each others' space. Highly recommend.

Thank ScarletB2012
Zug, Switzerland
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

I always have the Cuban corn there whenever I'm in New York! Super small place, very chaotic, lots of charm, great waitresses, best corn ever!! You can't reserve, so just stop by! Maybe you'll have to wait a while but it's worth every single minute!! This time we sat at he bar, and enjoyed this lovely crazy lady!! :-) We'll... More 

Thank vak0208
Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The best Grilled Mexican Street Corn ever and a Cuban Sandwich like you've never had! If you haven't made a stop at Cafe Habana when in NY then put it on your list for your next visit. You won't be disappointed. If you can find a place to sit inside then you lucked out but there are lots of places... More 

Thank AndreaCinToronto
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We always try to go by Cafe Habana when we are in NYC and this place never lets us down. Best Corn I have tasted in the US and the Cuban Sandwiches are great. Fish tacos are also nice.

Thank Andorff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Caribbean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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 St, New York City, NY 10012-3507
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: 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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