Cafe Habana

Café Habana

Cuban Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • kat B.
    "Get the cuban sandwich, grilled corn, platanos, and frites."(94 Tips)
    Emilie B.
    "Start with the epic Mexican Corn and order the Pork Chop entree."(37 Tips)
    Jean P.
    "Cuban sandwich, grilled corn and taco are outstanding!"(94 Tips)
    Lisa T.
    "must have tostones, corn, and cuban sandwich!"(7 Tips)
576 Tips and reviews
  • corn
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • Mexican food
  • lively
  • casual
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  • 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 😀
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerDecember 26, 2016
    Share the corn. The quesadilla de pollo was good. My friend had the cuban sandwich which looked delicious!
  • 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.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanOctober 25, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    This is one of my first loves of NoLita. Order the mexican corn (elote) and stock up on the toothpicks. For something heavier, get the fish tacos with amazing rice and beans, or the avocado sandwich.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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!
  • Sasha C.
    Sasha ChinnayaMarch 8, 2017
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!"
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Mexican-style grilled corn: topped with cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime!
  • 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
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaJune 19, 2016
    If you are a fan of pork, so Cuban sandwich is for you. Chicken salad was also good
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 4, 2016
    These burritos are the size of a tiny baby! So yum and of course get double corn :)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Zoe D.
    Zoe DunJuly 14, 2016
    LOVE the Mexican corn here. Yummy food, but the Brooklyn branch is quite a lot cheaper.
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsFebruary 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.
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie Loff-BirdAugust 25, 2017
    The takeout fish tacos were worth the $6 price tag, they definitely don't skim on portions and the fish was perfectly lightly fried
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
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