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Havana Central Times Square

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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TAPAS / APPETIZERS
$19.0
Selección de Aperitivos Clásicos / Cuban Appetizer Sampler
A selection of some of our most popular appetizers and sides served with chimichurri sauce: Chorizo, Tostones, Maduros, choice of two Empanadas, Havana Zesty Corn and Chicharrones de Pollo
$3.5
Hand Made Empanadas
Choice of: Beef Picadillo - Cubano - Chicken Sofrito - Shrimp Sofrito - Three Cheese (Vegetarian) - Spinach and Goat Cheese (Vegetarian)
$9.0
Empanada Sampler
Your choice of three empanadas
$12.0
Bucket of Chicharrónes de Pollo
Cuban Fried Chicken with 5 dipping sauces. Garlic Mojo, Havana Central's special Green Sauce, Caribbean Jerk, Guava-BBQ, and Cholula Especial
$12.95
Aguacate Relleno con Langosta / Lobster Stuffed Avocado
Half an avocado stuffed with lobster and shrimp salad served with crispy tostones
$12.95
Tostones Rellenos / Stuffed Plantain Baskets
Four plantain baskets filled with chicken sofrito, ropa vieja, beef picadillo, and shrimp sofrito drizzled with Cuban tomato garlic aioli
$12.95
Queso Fundido / Melted Latin Cheese Dish
Four Latin American cheeses melted in a skillet topped off with your choice of: Chicken Sofrito, Chorizo, Garlic Spinach, or Ropa Vieja
$9.0
Arepa de Bayamo / Traditional Corn Flour Bread with Cheese
A cheesy corn arepa is topped with your choice of Picadillo (Cuban-style Beef Hash) or Pernil (Roast Pork)
$13.95
Ceviche de Camarones / Chilled Shrimp Ceviche with Tostones
Made with poached shrimp, avocado, sour orange, green pepper, tomato and a touch of jalapeno, red onion and cilantro. Delicious, light and healthy
$8.0
Masitas de Puerco / Crispy Fried Pork
Crispy, marinated, deep fried pieces of pork topped with cebolitas. – Latin Style! Served with tostones and chimichurri
EMPAREDADOS CUBANOS / CUBAN SANDWICHES
Served with Sweet Potato Fries, Potato Wedges, Plantain Chips, Side Salad or a choice of Red or Black Beans and Yellow or White Rice
$13.95
Sandwich Cubano Clásico / Classic Cuban Sandwich
Smoked ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard
$12.95
Sandwich de Pavo / Turkey Cubano Sandwich
Turkey, Swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato and chimichurri sauce
$14.95
The Big Havana Frita Burger
A juicy Cuban burger made from ground sirloin and Spanish chorizo. Under a perfect bun is lettuce, tomato, HC special sauce and a pile of fried potato sticks
ENSALADAS / SALADS
$6.95
Ensalada de la Casa / Havana House Salad
Salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, red onion and Cuban croutons tossed in a roasted garlic vinaigrette
$8.95
Ensalada de Aguacate / Avocado Salad
Avocado on a bed of mixed greens, tomatoes, Spanish olives and thinly sliced red onion, tossed in a roasted garlic vinaigrette
$15.95
Ensalada de Pollo con Limón y Caña / Sugarcane Lime Chicken Salad
Served with avocado, red onion, black bean-corn salad, tomatoes, tossed with our signature citrus coconut vinaigrette
$14.95
Ensalada César Cubana / Cuban Caesar Salad
Fresh romaine lettuce, manchego & parmesan cheese, avocado, Spanish olives, red onion, homemade croutons tossed in a creamy Ceaser
$18.95
Ensalada de Churrasco / Skirt Steak Salad
Tender skirt steak served with on a bed of mixed lettuces with citrus salad, avocado, pickled onions and chimichurri sauce
$19.95
Ensalada de Salmón con Mango / Mango-Glazed Salmon Salad
Mango-glazed salmon served on a bed of mixed greens with tomatoes, Spanish olives and red onion tossed in a roasted garlic vinaigrette. Garnished with a sliced hardboiled egg
$18.95
Ensalada de Camarones / Caribbean Shrimp Salad
Tender grilled shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens with tomatoes, avocado and mango pineapple slaw tossed in a mango vinaigrette. Garnished with julienned mariquitas
PLATOS SIMPLES / SIDE DISHES
$6.0
Moro / Mixed Rice & Beans^
A blend of black beans, white rice, red wine, garlic, bacon and oregano
$6.0
Tostones o Maduros / Fried Green or Sweet Plantains
$6.0
Papa Frita / Potato Wedges
$6.0
Batatas Fritas / Sweet Potato Fries
$6.0
Yuca Frita, Herbida, o Majada / Fried, Steamed, or Mashed Cassava
$6.0
Espinaca al Ajillo / Garlic Spinach
$6.0
Broccoli al Ajillo / Broccoli in Garlic Sauce
PLATOS CUBANOS / CUBAN DISHES
All main dishes served with rice and beans unless otherwise indicated
CARNE / BEEF
$22.95
Ropa Vieja / Braised Beef, Peppers & Onions**
The Classic Cuban Dish - Marinated shredded skirt steak with peppers and onions
$28.95
Churrasco / Skirt Steak**
The most flavorful grilled center-cut skirt steak. Served with a cucumber, mango, radish salad and delicious chimichurri sauce on the side
$24.95
Vaca Frita / Crispy Shredded Beef*
Marinated pulled beef sautéed until crispy with lime, cubanelle peppers, garlic, and onions. Served with cilantro rice topped with a fried egg (al Caballo)
$16.95
Picadillo / Savory Cuban-Style Beef Hash**
Ground beef sautéed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives and raisins served on a yuca crisp with fresh avocado. A Cuban favorite!
CERDO / PORK
$17.95
Pernil Asado / Slow Roasted Pork**
Succulent slow-roasted pork topped with pickled onions. Our Chef's mother's recipe
$22.95
Chef Hector's Pineapple Pork Chops**
If you love pork chops, this is the dish to get. Pork Chops glazed in pineapple, topped with mango salsita and served atop a bed of mashed Yuca
$22.95
Lancón al Vino / Braised Pork Shank^
Braised in Cabernet Sauvignon and served with mashed yuca and moro. A big, beautiful dish
POLLO / CHICKEN
$17.95
Pollo al Ajillo / Chicken in Garlic Sauce**
Chicken breast sautéed with garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil and finished in white wine
$18.95
Pollo con Piña / Pineapple Chicken^
Citrus-marinated and sautéed in fresh pineapple purée, garlic and olive oil, served with grilled sliced pineapple and moro
$16.95
Pollo Asado / Roasted Half-Chicken**
Herb-roasted and glazed with our signature mango-ginger-habanero sauce
$14.95
Arroz con Pollo / Chicken and Rice*
A classic Cuban dish of boneless, skinless chicken in savory saffron rice with peas and pimentos
$21.95
Pollo y Camarones al Ajillo / Garlic Chicken & Shrimp**
Sautéed with garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil and finished with white wine
MOFONGO
A wildly popular Caribbean dish made with pork and garlic infused mashed plantains topped with one of the following:
$22.95
Mofongo con Ropa Vieja / Braised Beef, Peppers and Onions Mofongo
$17.95
Mofongo con Pernil / Roast Pork Mofongo
$19.95
Mofongo con Camarones / Shrimp Mofongo
SOPAS / SOUPS
$6.0
Sopa de Frijoles Negros / Cuban Black Bean Soup
The most classic of Cuban soups
$8.0
Asopao de Pollo / Cuban Hearty Chicken Soup
A classic hearty Cuban chicken soup with white rice and garden vegetables
Sponsored by: Havana Central Times Square

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. We've Got Live Latin Music!
1. We've Got Live Latin Music!
Wednesday - Sunday nights plus Sunday brunch! Band schedule on website
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2. Real Cuban Cooking
2. Real Cuban Cooking
Our Ropa Vieja & Pernil are not to be missed! $12.95 Lunch Specials!
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3. Our Mojitos are Legendary
3. Our Mojitos are Legendary
Mojitos, Sangria, Margaritas and More! (Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm)
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About
Leading Cuban & Latin restaurant in the heart of Times Square. Escape to the golden era of Havana, Cuba and enjoy a vacation complete with flavorful specialty drinks, classic Cuban dishes, circa 1950s decor, a festive live band, and a feeling that you're part of our family -- a true celebration of Cuban culture. Featuring a $12.95 weekday lunch, Happy Hour Mon - Fri 4pm-7pm, live music Wed - Sun and a boozy Sunday brunch, Havana Central has something for everyone. Step inside today!
PRICE RANGE
$13 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Central American
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Let's start with the 50's retro Havana decor and the live music Weds-Sat 7-10 which sets the tone for this gem located right off Broadway.....A broad menu of Cuban favorites which are artfully presented and more importantly have great flavor profiles to please the palate....add...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank agdefelippis
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed November 2, 2018

It is nice to find the real and fine Creole/Caribbean food in New York city. Surprised by a lemonade with agave, delicious! Getting "mofongo"(of mashed plantains) in Times Square is a plus. Having live Cuban music made our night as well. We have gone several...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank nairao
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Naira, thanks for the kind words about our cuisine and live music. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried my first empanada here. It was delicious. I also ordered the chicken in garlic sauce which was ok. I ended up having half of one of the sandwiches which was great and giving most of my chicken away to a homeless man after dinner....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Chastidyi
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Chastidyi, we're honored to have served you your first empanada. Can't wait to welcome you back for another delicious meal and dessert. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll feel like you've stepped out of NYC and into Cuba as soon as you enter. Extensive selection of food and drink. I highly recommend the mofongo with pork. Friendly waiters. Great atmosphere. Live music although I'm not sure what nights. Can't wait to go...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank cln96
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the kind words about our cuisine and drinks. We're thrilled everything from the mofongo to the service to the ambiance impressed. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last time we visited New York and HAVANA CENTRAL was 4 years ago. It's still the best VALUE Cuban Restaurant in New York City! Great Happy Hour Margaritas @ $6 each and they were full bodied. What a deal! Shrimp Ceviche and half Avocado for...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Eric S
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Eric, thanks for the support! We hope to welcome you back for another flavorful meal sooner rather than four years later -- haha. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

BUSY PLACE! Make sure you book a reservation, Even with it, we waited 15 minutes, but it was worth the wait. DELICIOUS FOOD. We had ropa vieja, empanadas, and other delicious authentic food. Wonderful atmosphere too! Worth the price. CLOSE to TImes Square.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CAChaps
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the kind shoutout. We hope to welcome you back for another delicious and authentic Cuban meal soon. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here after visiting the National Geographic exhibit close by. We has Tostones rellenos (Four plantain baskets filled with chicken sofrito, ropa vieja, beef picadillo, and shrimp sofrito drizzled with Cuban tomato garlic aioli) and empanadas for appetizers, mojitos for drinks. The entree was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jorgito715
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the kind words about our cuisine and ambiance. We hope to welcome you back for another delicious round of tostones rellenos. Also, if you haven't already, we'd like to invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a reservation for a 7:30 pm seating through OpenTable. Got there 45 minutes early hoping they can seat us early as we had a show to watch after. No way, few couples came after us with no reservations and were called in before...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank GonzFamilyVaca
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate you recommending us and are happy everything impressed from the sangria to the empanadas and churrasco. We do our best to abide by the reservations made, but I understand your confusion on that and will look into it. We hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This had to be the WORST BIRTHDAY EVER. the service was slow, the food was extremely dry and it literally took 45 minutes for our first drink. I am Cuban and will never come back to this hell hole. Some food was good but everything...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank doneta2
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm very sorry to hear we didn't make your birthday celebration a great one. Please get in touch at this email with reference to your visit and the location: info@havanacentral.com. I would like to discuss this further with you. Talk soon, Kylene S., Guest Relations...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Havana Central numerous times and enjoyed it. This time while the food was good, the service at the bar was not. Last Wednesday night around 9:30i sat at the bar for drinks and food. There were two male bartenders and one...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank walterkop
NatalieC3721, Owner at Havana Central Times Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

While it's great you're a fan of our cuisine and band, I'm sorry our service didn't impress as much. It's unlike us, and I hope you'll give us another chance soon so we can prove that to you. Please get in touch at this email...More

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Go2Wander
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Sarushkaya | Reviewed this property |
Definetly, they are huge portions. Usually, if I go with a friend we order a couple of appetizers to share and one main dish.
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ChristheIntrepid
January 15, 2017|
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Response from AlanBachrach | Reviewed this property |
I can only say that the night I was there they had a live band. I think it was a Friday night. I'm sure you could call them and ask.
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