Cafe Habana

Café Habana

Cuban Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Don't forget it is Memorial Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Kmart Fashion
    "Order the grilled corn & the Cuban sandwich, you will leave happy."(92 Tips)
    Elle
    "The Mexican corn with chilly powder and cheese is fantastic!"(31 Tips)
    kat B.
    "Get the cuban sandwich, grilled corn, platanos, and frites."(75 Tips)
    Lisa T.
    "must have tostones, corn, and cuban sandwich!"(6 Tips)
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  • Warrent S.
    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.
    Warrent Satt · February 2, 2014
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  • Kathleen V.
    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 😀
    Kathleen Vargas · June 25, 2015
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  • Lori L.
    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.
    Lori Luo · September 4, 2014
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  • Jisu P.
    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.
    Jisu P · January 11, 2014
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  • Felipe L.
    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!
    Felipe Lopez · March 27, 2013
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  • Johanna F.
    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
    Johanna Fuentes · June 18, 2010
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  • Jorge O.
    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.
    Jorge Ortiz · August 10, 2011
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  • Alexandria
    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.
    Alexandria · December 12, 2010
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  • HuffPost
    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.
    HuffPost · July 13, 2010
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  • ZZubin
    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
    ZZubin · January 27, 2015
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  • ✨Pun B.
    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.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨ · June 6, 2010
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  • 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.
    Marcy Maxwell · April 4
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  • Adrian P.
    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.
    Adrian Phillips · February 4
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  • nantini r.
    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.
    nantini rauch · June 16, 2010
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  • Elle
    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! :)
    Elle · June 25, 2012
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  • Kmart Fashion
    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.
    Kmart Fashion · December 2, 2011
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  • Pelin E.
    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..
    Pelin E. · June 9, 2012
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  • Madison
    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.
    Madison · July 28, 2013
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  • Andrew A.
    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.
    Andrew Alperin · June 9, 2012
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  • 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 ;)
    Nicole Poree-Zayas · May 2, 2010
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  • Mara M.
    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.
    Mara M · November 13, 2011
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  • Hector T.
    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.
    Hector TheGreat · February 1, 2015
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  • Food Network
    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
    Food Network · August 5, 2011
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  • Robert S.
    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
    Robert Stevenson · March 16, 2013
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  • Justis G.
    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.
    Justis George · April 20, 2014
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  • Chris C.
    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.
    Chris Cookson · January 10, 2015
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  • Trevor
    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.
    Trevor · December 11, 2014
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  • Noah W.
    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.
    Noah Weiss · December 7, 2012
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  • may
    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.
    may · December 6, 2012
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  • Kyo S.
    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.
    Kyo Song · February 24
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  • sarah l.
    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.
    sarah lipman · October 5, 2011
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  • Giovanni E.
    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.
    Giovanni Elzíny · April 2, 2013
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  • Geoffroy B.
    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.
    Geoffroy Bablon · November 5, 2012
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  • alex r.
    The corn, and the shrimp tacos. Portions are hefty. Awesome little Mexican diner (not Cuban aside from the name and Sandwich) w great atmosphere.
    alex resnick · December 23, 2015
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  • Louis Vuitton
    This cute and usually crowded eatery serves up Cuban and Mexican dishes to perfection. Grab a beer with the famous grilled corn. Simply delicious.
    Louis Vuitton · May 2, 2012
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  • Amy C.
    The proportions here are massive. Get a burrito and definitely also order the corn. Go with an empty stomach.
    Amy Chen · February 19
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  • dawn.in.newyork
    Start with two grilled corns, have some tacos or cuban sandwich, then have another two grilled corns at the end.
    dawn.in.newyork · January 29, 2015
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  • SHOWRUNNER
    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.
    SHOWRUNNER · November 22, 2012
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  • Jisu P.
    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.
    Jisu P · July 1, 2014
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  • Rachel
    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.
    Rachel · June 30, 2013
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  • Emily K.
    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.
    Emily Kolodner · March 17, 2015
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  • angelo w.
    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.
    angelo w · August 31, 2010
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  • Melissa K.
    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.
    Melissa Knific · May 22, 2010
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  • Larry M.
    "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!"
    Larry Mak · December 17, 2012
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  • Andrew D.
    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!
    Andrew Dearling · May 24, 2014
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  • Linda K.
    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.
    Linda K. · January 12, 2014
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  • Jen B.
    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.
    Jen Balisi · February 22, 2012
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  • Rick N.
    Buzzing corner bar/restaurant with cramped seating. Pretty OK food but their famous corn on the cob was outdone by that at touristy (!) Toloache
    Rick Nijhuis · October 2, 2015
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  • Derk D.
    Fish tacos and tacos al pastor are money, wish they doubled up the tortillas like most Mexican places though for structural integrity
    Derk Doijer · February 27, 2015
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  • Social News Network
    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.
    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
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