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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ✨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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 29, 2015
    Start with two grilled corns, have some tacos or cuban sandwich, then have another two grilled corns at the end.
  • 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.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenFebruary 19
    The proportions here are massive. Get a burrito and definitely also order the corn. Go with an empty stomach.
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWow3 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 5 days ago
  • 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.
  • Kirill K.
    If you are a fan of pork, so Cuban sandwich is for you. Chicken salad was also good
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMay 3, 2014
    Get the Mexican-style grilled corn: topped with cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Gokce G.
    Gokce GizerSeptember 16, 2013
    start with the Mexican corn, the rest is up to you because everything is delicious!
  • Mary L.
    Mary LlorenteApril 3, 2011
    Finally tried the grilled corn mexican style- chili powder lime & cotija cheese, jicama salad and roast pork all good after along night of partying!
  • 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
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandyMay 27, 2010
    Start with the epic Mexican Corn and order the Pork Chop entree. You will find yourself craving it basically every single day from then on.
  • Katherine A.
    Katherine AriaSeptember 24, 2011
    The corn is a must! The Mojitos are excellent. And the waitstaff is fun & friendly! One of my favorite place in the city.
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