Café Habana

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77 Solid

A traditional dive with a Cuban-Mexican flair.

17 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012

212-625-2001

https://www.cafehabana.com/

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The lowdown

In traditional dives, taste often surpasses style. Café Habana is no exception. The cramped quarters of this Cuban eatery, located on a busy corner off Elizabeth Street, may scare away patrons desiring cushy seating and quiet conversation. But the perfectly seasoned roasted pork, grilled steaks, and sautéed chicken makes this café a satisfying pick. The Mexican-style grilled corn, a gooey mixture of fresh corn topped with chili powder, melted cheese and lime, is a crowd-pleasing, albeit messy, delight that comes with a cup of individually wrapped toothpicks. Follow the corn with the marinated skirt steak with rice and beans, and a mojito, and soon you’ll forget all about the sardinelike setup.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesCuban sandwich; pollo mirador; elote.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized