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Cafe Habana

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Mexican, Latin, Cafe, Cuban, Central American, Caribbean
As featured in Manhattan to Remember
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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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87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arrived for late lunch on Sunday and we were seated immediately. The hostess was having so much fun - her energy was contagious. She was giddily dancing along to the music (a killer mix of 70s classics and Beyonce) and even got a table of 4 non-English speaking tourists to gleefully dance with her. Tried the Mexican corn with tons... More 

Thank Marygrace A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here specifically to try the Cuban sandwich as it had been lauded as the best in New York, together with the Mexican corn. Had both and disappointed with them both. The best Cuban sandwich is at the Spotted Pig. Go there instead !

Thank KinkyNoodle
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have eaten cuban sandwiches all around Miami and in Ybor City outside of Tampa. This restaurant was recommended in a magazine to try out and the cuban sandwich has a (voted best in NYC) on the menu. It was the worst cuban we have ever eaten! It was flavorless and was not "grilled" like a panini. The bun was... More 

Thank Kathy L
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Growing up in south Florida I missed having Cuban cuisine in NYC. Thank goodness for Cafe Habana. Can't miss on the Cuban sandwich or ropa vieja among other items, but do not forget the corn.

Thank MrjGator
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sought out this place on a trip from Aus to try a Cuban sandwich after watching the film Chef. The food is good but at the end of the day more or less fast food, albeit done well. Reportedly they serve the best Cubans in NY but I cant really work out how you could stuff this up. The... More 

Thank Beyekeboy
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deservedly popular Cuban restaurant. Usual long queues. We managed to get a table after waiting a few minutes at the bar. Not for an intimate dinner as the tables are really packed in but the food is excellent. How can corn taste this good? Maybe it is the excellent cocktails blending with it. A great New York experience.

Thank anotherheaven2007
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously, go there for the corn 🌽 🌽🌽 It is the best you'll ever have. They make some pretty amazing sarmies too. We popped it late one Sunday night and they helped us with a smile. Also in n great little neighborhood for all types of restaurants and bars

Thank jeanmariefourie
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for an early dinner so we could easily get a table. The food was very good though the service could have been a bit better. Also it was noisy as you would expect in a small area. The people at the next table had ordered too much food so they shared with us which made a fabulous experience.... More 

Thank Fiona1110
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our meal! As others have said, the corn alone is worth going there, but our entrees were really good too. The music and atmosphere is fun; service could do with being a bit more attentive, but friendly nonetheless. Would absolutely go back!

Thank autophagosome
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A magic two grilled corn with cheese and spices,it was so tasty,douze points. The area is also beautiful,soho,so who needs more..

Thank Jacob R

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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
Mexican, Latin, Cafe, Cuban, Central American, Caribbean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, 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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