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“nice food, nice people”
Review of Casual Habana Cafe

Casual Habana Cafe
Ranked #3 of 155 Restaurants in Hackensack
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“nice food, nice people”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

The Casuak Habana is everything a good "neighborhood" restaurant should be and more. Tasty food, friendly service, BYOB and 2 dinner sittings, 6 and 8 which makes it essential especially on a Saturday night to make a reservation but also to avoid the wait,crowding and running out of everything you sometimes get with small, popular area restaurants.This place knows who they are and is making the most of it.
When you reserve for 8pm you get a grown up crowd, no waiting for your table, prompt attention and no rush.
Everything we ate was fresh, well prepared , tasty and reasonably priced.
We are definately putting Casual Habana on our "regulars" list.

  • Visited December 2012
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“You will not find better Cuban anywhere! And BYO too!!”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

We have been going here since it opened and Casual Habana never fails to please. The decor has been enhanced and the menu expanded, and the authentic Cuban food is always fresh, flavorful and delicious. You may be full from the wonderful appetizers and entrees, but you must save room for the flan and cafe con leche. The heart of the restaurant is the charismatic chef and owner Benny. My family refers to the restaurant as “Benny’s”. When you visit, tell Benny you read the review from the vodka people and enjoy!

  • Visited October 2012
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new jersey
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“really good cuban food”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

I went here with my wife on a Saturday night. The place was busy but i had called earlier and asked Hugo to reserve a table for us. This is a BYO place so please keep that in mind. They will mix your sangria's and drinks for you.

We tried the shrimp in garlic sauce for appetizers which was excellent. For dinner we tried the pork and the seafood paella. I also tried the ropa vieja on an earlier visit.

I would surely go back again.

  • Visited November 2012
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Hackensack, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fantastic find”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is truly a gem. I was brought here by my cousin in law and didnt know what to expect. We arrived to a little place, with a resturant full of laughter and smiles. The resturant was byob we had brought wine our table neighbor brought Vodka so we knew thins would be interesting. We sat down and the service was prompt and helpful. They opened our wine immediately and the menus were in our hand. We then ordered plantains and other apps and they were all fantastic. Then for the entrees we all had something different. The food was delicious, and each meal had its own unique taste. I would highly recoomend this resturant for any person looking to try traditional food. This is truly a taste of Cuba and I really enjoyed it.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Traveler860_203
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Home made Cuban food”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Very good Cuban food, good atmosphere and you would not break the bank eating there. Bring your wine. Ropa vieja was delicious, red snapper with lime and cilantro sauce was very well done. Salads are very fresh. One negative thing: service is slow and waiters need more training. But great tasting food compensate for it.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank HenryOOOO
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