Cafe Habana

Café Habana

Cuban Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 28, 2012
    Great place to grab the best Mexican corn on a stick! Before or after a show at nearby Webster Hall or Irving Plaza
  • Kathleen V.
    Kathleen VargasJune 25, 2015
    Once you take a bite of the Cuban sandwich you could taste the citrus flavor in the pork! Pretty good highly recommend. Also recommend the shrimp taco! Next time I'm here I'm trying the corn 😀
  • Warrent S.
    Warrent SattFebruary 2, 2014
    Saturday evening for a quick bite and to satisfy a craving for some true Cuban meal. Noticed great spots at the bar, Food is great and the ambiance is chill, corn is really tasty cover with parmesan.
  • Marcy M.
    Marcy MaxwellApril 4, 2016
    Cozy (tight) seating, but worth it. The Sloppy Jose was delicious. With just a hint of spice, it a favorite. The sandwich size is generous - I tried my best to finish it all.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoSeptember 4, 2014
    The corn on the cob seems to have lost its luster, but the Cubano sandwich is superbly done, with roast pork, ham, and pickles, all between toasted bread. It comes with a side of fries as well.
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LopezMarch 27, 2013
    The corn is the best!!! And a great service from the girls. Be sure to arrive with enough time, this place can get very busy, but the wait it's really worth it!
  • Jisu P.
    Jisu PJanuary 11, 2014
    The grilled corn comes with two but it doesn't say on the menu. Try the fish tacos.... With the jalepano margarita (strong and delicious)!! I was about to burst with happiness by the end of the meal.
  • Sasha C.
    I constantly thank my friend who introduced me to this paradise of food. The corn 🌽 is epic (it's roasted with spices and cheese and lime juice). The quesadillas are my fave, served w/ rice and beans
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineJune 24, 2016
    Nearly 20 years ago, models used to congregate here for the best Cuban corn in the city – and for late-night runway shows, of course. Still amazing maíz with cotija cheese, cayenne and mayo.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 27, 2015
    Aside from the Mexican corn, the food is pretty blah. Amazing old school diner feel and downtown hipsters make it worth a stop for your touristy friends tho
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    These amazing chicken tacos are great on their own, but they’re even better with a side of corn smothered in cojita cheese. Read more
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 4, 2016
    Get the Cubano, have it with a salad instead of fries so you can have plenty of room for a side of plantains. The corn is a must try if this is your first time here.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerDecember 26, 2016
    Share the corn. The quesadilla de pollo was good. My friend had the cuban sandwich which looked delicious!
  • Pelin E.
    Pelin E.June 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Corn and skirt steak salad r amazing! U should have it with the mango frozen margarita! My favorite restaurant in NY. Sometimes u should even wait for 2 hours!!! But its worth it..
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat like you're in your own nyc apartment, with 20 of your friends, all squeezed together but all full of courtesies. Corn is the bomb and the sloppy pepe for brunch is the perfect portion
  • Hector
    HectorFebruary 1, 2015
    The corn on the cob lives up to the hype. Amazing spot with a place for take out a few doors down. Delicious food with generous portions at diner style spot.
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fooled by the name, many people wrongly believe this is a Cuban restaurant. Astute readers of the menu know that only Mexicans call a sandwich a "torta". Get the signature torta cubana and a cocktail.
  • Elle
    ElleJune 25, 2012
    Nice place, although not the best cuban sandwich in the city but pretty good. The Mexican corn with chilly powder and cheese is fantastic! The waitress Elle, is absolutely the coolest! :)
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They basically pay you to eat the huevos rancheros here. They're solid, and the cheapest good lunch you can get in Soho: $6.50.
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    Order the grilled corn & the Cuban sandwich, you will leave happy. This place is always packed, but the wait moves quickly. Plus, you're in SoHo, browse the shops while you are waiting.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonJanuary 10, 2015
    the Cuban Sandwiches here are a work of art, same goes for the roast pork sandwich. It's well worth spending a few extra dollars on the Mexican grilled corn.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Tyler Florence reveals his favorite on a stick, Mexican Grilled Corn, dusted with chili powder, lime and cotija cheese, at Cafe Habana on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonMay 2, 2012
    This cute and usually crowded eatery serves up Cuban and Mexican dishes to perfection. Grab a beer with the famous grilled corn. Simply delicious.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Start with two grilled corns, have some tacos or cuban sandwich, then have another two grilled corns at the end.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    We were three to unanimously agree that this place serves the best corn on the cob we've ever had. Try it. The Mexican firing squad is also delicious.
  • alex r.
    alex resnickDecember 23, 2015
    The corn, and the shrimp tacos. Portions are hefty. Awesome little Mexican diner (not Cuban aside from the name and Sandwich) w great atmosphere.
  • Kyo S.
    Kyo SongFebruary 24, 2016
    Even if you just come here to try the corn it's worth it. Main restaurant is always packed but there's a takeout entrance further down the street.
  • Alexandria
    AlexandriaDecember 12, 2010
    The grilled corn is amazing. I had the Cuban sandwich as well--def a good choice. Just be warned that if you ask for extra sauce (chipotle mayo) they'll hit you with an addtl $1.50 on the bill.
  • may
    mayDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mexican grilled corn. what more can you say about this place? Grilled steak sandwich is also good! Be ready to wait for a long time and crammed into tiny tables.
  • Jisu P.
    Jisu PJuly 1, 2014
    The grilled corn is my favorite. Their margaritas are strong and delicious! There aren't that many seats so you might have to wait a little.
  • SHOWRUNNER
    SHOWRUNNERNovember 22, 2012
    Best place for solo eating: you can sit at the bar, the people watching is always entertaining, and you can get steak and eggs anytime of day.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenFebruary 19, 2016
    The proportions here are massive. Get a burrito and definitely also order the corn. Go with an empty stomach.
  • Larry M.
    Larry MakDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    "The internet is really really great" "For corn!" "I’ve got a fast connection so i don’t have to wait" "For corn!" "There's always some new site," "For corn!" "I browse all day and night" "For corn!"
  • Johanna F.
    Johanna FuentesJune 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pollo Mirador is easily one of my top 5 favorite dishes to order anywhere. Garlic lemon chicken -- what's not to like. Get a side of black beans. At Brunch: try the chilaquiles or the excellent du
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Mexican-style grilled corn: topped with cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime!
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJanuary 21, 2013
    Always worth the wait. Put your name on the list and run around the corner to Oficina Latina and have a drink while you wait.
  • HuffPost
    HuffPostJuly 13, 2010
    The takeout/delivery menu is different than the dine-in menu. Take out is limited, but the Steak Torta is delicious and delivery super-speedy. The Mexican corn can be considered a tourist attraction.
  • Gokce G.
    Gokce GizerSeptember 16, 2013
    start with the Mexican corn, the rest is up to you because everything is delicious!
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaJune 19, 2016
    If you are a fan of pork, so Cuban sandwich is for you. Chicken salad was also good
  • Yiwa W.
    Yiwa WangOctober 4, 2016
    These burritos are the size of a tiny baby! So yum and of course get double corn :)
  • Jen B.
    Jen BalisiFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Grilled Corn - The mexican grilled corn with a bit of mayo, cayenne, & cotjia cheese is like crack. Squirt lime all over it = amazing.
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchJune 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    worth the wait for a table: i call their corn, "magic corn" sweet & delicious. i'm a fan of the mango daiquiri & the Sincronizada with green habanero sauce also addicted to their yellow rice.
  • Derk D.
    Derk DoijerFebruary 27, 2015
    Fish tacos and tacos al pastor are money, wish they doubled up the tortillas like most Mexican places though for structural integrity
  • Sebastian R.
    Sebastian RiveraMarch 4, 2012
    Tiny tables, great authentic taste, amazing "elote asado", cramped venue and sooo delicious!!!! Get the steak with arroz con frijoles. Mmm
  • Zoe D.
    Zoe DunJuly 14, 2016
    LOVE the Mexican corn here. Yummy food, but the Brooklyn branch is quite a lot cheaper.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CicconeFebruary 16, 2015
    Burritos are amazing! Can't wait to come back! Restaurant is on the corner. Take out window right next door.
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 28, 2014
    Cute place! Get the elote or any of the huevos dishes. Perfect breakfast/brunch spot with a fun, laidback vibe.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DearlingMay 24, 2014
    Great food! Vegetarians beware, they refused to substitute any meat products for avocado. The tacos would have been great with avocado rather than chicken or pork. Sucks!
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyOctober 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If this Cuban sandwich was a painting, Jay Z in his later years (2009 to present) would rap about owning it.
    Upvoted Feb 22
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    A mix of Mexican and Cuban food, Cafe Habana is one of the diamonds in the rough in a city where restaurants prices can be outrageous.
  • kat B.
    kat B.June 14, 2011
    Get the cuban sandwich, grilled corn, platanos, and frites. Delish. One of my favorite places.
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangOctober 1, 2012
    The roasted corn and chicken salad hits the spot. Fresh, delicious, and those crispy fried tortilla strips don't hurt.
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨June 6, 2010
    Ditto everyone on the corn. The camarones were a little over cooked, buy sauce was delicious. Fish tacos great (though fried). Friendly waitstaff, prepare to wait a while before tables are available.
  • Madison
    MadisonJuly 28, 2013
    I have been here a number of times before, and the food is always impeccable, but my service this evening was unacceptable--not to mention a mandatory (and illegal) 20% tip on top of that.
  • Yvette L.
    Yvette LiuSeptember 3, 2015
    The grilled crown of course! Great service for a small eatery like this!!!
  • chin1ta
    chin1taSeptember 11, 2015
    The corn-on-the-cob can't be beat! Great frijoles too. I can't get enough of the colorful atmosphere here.
  • Femi Kuti D.
    Femi Kuti DFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    here, Corn is KING! so order the roast corn, but have a game plan, its always crowded and really tight..but so worth it!
  • Katherine A.
    Katherine AriaSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn is a must! The Mojitos are excellent. And the waitstaff is fun & friendly! One of my favorite place in the city.
  • Gabrielle B.
    Gabrielle BergerJuly 3, 2016
    Obsessed with the chilaquiles verdes, but they only have them on the weekends.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole Poree-ZayasMay 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn is amazing but even more amazing when you've had one too many drinks. I literally just go there 2 eat the corn. Go next door & get it 2 go for your quick corn fixes ;)
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyNovember 3, 2015
    The corn lives up to its reputation, as do the margaritas. Reminds me of Miss Lilly's a little bit, but more authentic.
  • Lady B.
    Lady BlackJuly 1, 2014
    The corn on the cob has me coming back time and time again. Also the salads are amazing and filing!
  • Marisa S.
    Marisa SalesSeptember 11, 2016
    Cuban Sandwich, sweet Plantains with guacamole (the best) and mexican corn! Great place! Definitely recommend!
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EddyOctober 13, 2016
    Mexican street corn. take out around the side. The one and only. Oft imitated but…. Cubano sandwich is killer too
  • Paulie T.
    Paulie TuazonOctober 5, 2011
    Make sure you try out their corn -- it's to die for !! Oh ... and their cuban sandwich - rated the best in NYC ! yumm
  • Jacin L.
    Jacin LeeNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing hot chocolate and cuban sandwich! Never leave this place without having tried their famous corn. You can't go wrong.
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MJuly 1, 2015
    Guilty pleasure heaven - get the corn, skip the margaritas, and don't get mad when you leave 10 pounds heavier.
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 17, 2015
    Admittedly we haven't tried any other cuban sandwiches in NYC, but we don't really feel the need to bother: these ones are delicious.
  • babs v.
    babs velosoMarch 9, 2014
    OMFG their grilled mexican corn. it's a sweet grilled corn on the cob with parmesan, paprica and lime. life changing.
  • Lola C.
    Lola Cove1 week ago
    This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. Buenas ondas ALWAYS!!! The corn is out of this world. 😍
  • Patty D.
    Patty DukesFebruary 8, 2011
    This is one of my favorite spots downtown. I used this as a location for Circa '95's HBO Latino show "RoadTrip". On the show, i tried the corn and fish sandwich. www.circa95.com
  • Maryam A.
    Maryam AlmomenOctober 10, 2014
    The best corn ever
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Melodie Y.
    Melodie YoungMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Mexican-style grilled corn and any of the flavored limeades. This place makes you feel like you're on vacation.
  • Clayton
    ClaytonSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The chilaquiles in a tomatillo salsa with black beans are an excellent brunch dish, and reasonably priced.
  • Ray D.
    Ray DarnottAugust 3, 2014
    Best Grill Corn (Elote) in New York. A must try!!!
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BApril 16, 2016
    Great ambiance and good food! You must try the corn
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 2, 2011
    Original cafe Habana nolita. Always crowded but worth the wait. My picks: skirt steak, corn. -Francine, The Real L Word
  • Brian W.
    Brian WilliamsonSeptember 18, 2012
    All you need to know: Call ahead to order the Cuban Sandwich and Mexican Corn to go. Boom.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't skip the corn. Seriously—even if you aren't a corn fan, you'll really enjoy it. And the pork plate is my go-to entree selection.
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimFebruary 6, 2012
    Cheap 3.5: This is a cool little place in SOHO serving Cuban food. Great place for brunch and a few margaritas. Read more
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesJune 19, 2016
    Vegetarian options are pretty good, margaritas are pretty great
  • Kwam B.
    Kwam Brew-HammondAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything on the menu is pure dopeness! Check out their Brooklyn spot too, Habana Outpost
  • Linda K.
    Linda K.January 12, 2014
    Get the Mexican-style grilled corn from the takeout storefront around the corner. It's $3 cheaper than if you were to get it at the sit-down restaurant.
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonJanuary 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The drinks are always strong. The tostones are amazingly crispy and there are lots of vegetarian options.
  • Giovanni E.
    Giovanni ElzínyApril 2, 2013
    If your on a date DO NOT order the corn unless your really close with each other and don't give a f**k about picking your teeth other than that it's DELICIOUS.
  • Sunny Y.
    Sunny YDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the corn is a must, but the sandwiches, the fish tacos, the pulled pork all with the green hot sauce. YUM
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupJanuary 31, 2011
    A downtown NYC destination restaurant for sure! Get the uber popular corn and the best cuban sandwich ever ( we like ours with extra pickles)!
  • Tara P.
    Tara PlayfairOctober 9, 2012
    The grilled corn is like ecstasy on a stick w/cheese ... Oh and throw in some fish tacos for a complete meal!!! :)
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬August 26, 2013
    Delicious mix of Cuban food with other latin dishes. You have to get the corn and Cuban sandwich.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 27, 2016
    The Cuban sandwich should be one of your pics at this place. It comes with a good portion of pulled pork.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonApril 22, 2016
    The steak salad is a good call. So is a side of fries. And a margarita, on the rocks.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin ParkAugust 29, 2014
    Cuban sandwich. Get a side of corn while you're at it! Nice lunch spot in New York.
  • Ridhiman R.
    Ridhiman ReddyJuly 16, 2016
    The mojito is great. tHe Cuban sandwich is even better
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 27, 2016
    Fantastic frozen margaritas and unbelievably good corn on the cob. It's a tight squeeze inside but that only adds to the atmosphere! Try it.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanJuly 18, 2015
    Get the corn! It's nicely done and probably packs enough calories for a meal in itself. The Cubano was good but I've had better. 3.5/5
  • Debb
    Debb2 weeks ago
    Went there to have lunch. It's a really small place, but it's cozy and people are really nice. but if you are traveling I'm sure you can find better places than this one.
  • the chillEmpress
    the chillEmpressDecember 11, 2011
    your mouth will cry Areeba Areeba after eating their succulently divine Mexican Grilled Corn, YUM... wash down with a Mandarin Jaritos... oh yeah
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    omg the roast pork is so simple yet delicious
    Upvoted Feb 25
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveAugust 27, 2013
    Vegetarian tacos look unexceptional on the menu, but are hearty and savory in your mouth.
  • Mai T.
    Mai TaJanuary 9, 2016
    Cuban sandwich all the way. The steak and eggs is delicious, also.
  • Hellen M.
    Hellen MarçalAugust 4, 2012
    Prove o milho mexicano grelhado! É simplesmente fantástico, delicioso, e hot! =) Vale a pena sair de qualquer ponto de Nova York para experimentar!
  • Caíque N.
    Muito bom!!! Realmente não tem como não experimentar o milho. E o sanduíche cubano foi uma ótima escolha. Serve muito bem. Vale dividir com alguém. E o mojito, delicioso.
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