Cafe Habana

Café Habana

Cuban Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
553 Tips and reviews
  • corn
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • Mexican food
  • lively
  • casual
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  • 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.
  • 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 😀
  • 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.
  • Lea C.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Johanna F.
    Johanna FuentesJune 18, 2010
    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
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizAugust 10, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted May 28
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • ✨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.
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchJune 16, 2010
    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.
  • Marcy M.
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 4
    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.
  • 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! :)
  • Pelin E.
    Pelin E.June 9, 2012
    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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonMarch 16, 2013
    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
  • Nicole P.
    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 ;)
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlperinJune 9, 2012
    Food is amazing... But the girls behind the counter at the take out restaurant could use a major attitude adjustment... Just b/c you're ugly doesn't mean that you can be a bitch to the hot clientele.
  • Mara M.
    Mara MNovember 13, 2011
    Food is always great here, but the service last time really blowed... Took forever to take our order, she didn't bring us drinks, maple syrup and was very forgetful of some items on our order.
  • 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.
  • Justis G.
    Justis GeorgeApril 20, 2014
    Dry meat in the Cuban sandwich. Grilled corn could have been better - I had to add hot sauce. This is a solid 3.5 star joint, much hype for what it is. There must be better.
  • 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
  • Trevor
    TrevorDecember 11, 2014
    Tables are so close together a tiny woman squeezing into the next booth almost tipped my table right over, smashing my drink. When paying, I had to ask the waitress not to charge me for it.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissDecember 7, 2012
    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.
  • may
    mayDecember 6, 2012
    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.
  • Kyo S.
    Kyo SongFebruary 24
    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.
  • sarah l.
    sarah lipmanOctober 5, 2011
    avoid back left corner table. its next to bathroom. very bad. be ready for every Asian person there to ask you to shoot their photo while they eat corn. get it to go and sit outside.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 5, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenFebruary 19
    The proportions here are massive. Get a burrito and definitely also order the corn. Go with an empty stomach.
  • 29, 2015
    Start with two grilled corns, have some tacos or cuban sandwich, then have another two grilled corns at the end.
    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.
  • Rachel
    RachelJune 30, 2013
    Food was good but terrible terrible service. Didn't get out drinks for 20 min, didn't get the corn we ordered and no one knew what was going on. I would just get take out.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KolodnerMarch 17, 2015
    Getting the corn here made me realize I should never ignore foursquare tips. Skip the fish tacos and go for the pork - FTs were just okay, nothing special.
  • angelo w.
    angelo wAugust 31, 2010
    If you go, you have to get the corn if nothing else. If the wait is long you can go around the corner to there take out area. They also deliver.
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificMay 22, 2010
    I can't seem to order anything but the grilled corn, skirt steak with rice and beans, and a mojito. Small space is annoying but can easily be overlooked.
  • Larry M.
    Larry MakDecember 17, 2012
    "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!"
  • Jen B.
    Jen BalisiFebruary 22, 2012
    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.
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisOctober 2, 2015
    Buzzing corner bar/restaurant with cramped seating. Pretty OK food but their famous corn on the cob was outdone by that at touristy (!) Toloache
  • PureWow
    PureWow2 weeks ago
    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
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • 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.
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