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17 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Elizabeth St.
Vibe is so NY meets Miami/LA...Cool Joint
By Sheldi on 4/17/2008
My GF and I were in town on 17 March for The Vines concert at The Bowery. We had some time to kill so we knew about Cafe Habana and decided to check it out b4 the gig. It was amazing. The place was jammed and the servers and male bartender were maintaining their composure whilst complete mayhem was a muck. Hats off to their entire team as they rock'd out killer food & drinks and my GF and I would highly recommend Cafe Habana to anyone who is not uptype. If you go in with a lose attitude, you will be treated like gold. Sheldon from Toronto
By preciousrain7 on 12/8/2005
My boyfriend and I just love this restaurant. We try to go once a month. The food is just great and they have the best sangrias. I have never been dissapointed with their food. Though the place gets crowded, it's definitely worth the wait
Great service and fantastic corn
By Klumsee on 11/2/2005
It is cramped and very busy but that is part of the atmosphere of this place. I go at off-peak times and so I am able to sit, take in the scenery and relax over my iced cappuccino. The service is great. It is nice to go to a place where the staff are enjoying the place as much as you are. Oh, and the corn is the best in the city.
"The Corn Supremacy"
By stylez on 8/8/2004
Habana's a cozy little eatery where you can comfortably enjoy a delectable meal and a glass of iced mango nectar. The fish of the day is usually an excellent choice. The rice and beans are spectacular and the corn is an absolute necessity. I've often found myself selfishly and jealously reluctant to share with anyone my wonderful experience. It's that damn good. After you've tasted a little of heaven your digestion is made enjoyable with a little SOHO shopping, thanks to it's convenient location on Prince and Elizabeth. Oh, and they do have a takeout counter but I couldn't possibly imagine teasing my tastebuds long enough to make it home without an empty bag.
i'm looking up the address now to give to a friend
By rubyb on 12/22/2007
-thats how much i enjoyed the meal here and that was about a year ago. (i live in london being the only reason i am yet to go back) people that didnt enjoy themselves here clearly missed the point. its always packed with people leaning out of the window to smoke or cramming onto the end of beaten up benches. The service was sporadic but friendly and warm-the waiters were genuinely interested and interesting (sweet relief from some of the stuck up service i encountered elsewhere in New York). the food was lovely-homely and moreish the corn was the obvious choice but i would also plump for the black beans and rice dishes) ooh and the cocktails were good too. really i dont have a bad word too say about the place-but go!
Fun place to eat & laugh--Elitist stay home
By down2earth on 10/26/2007
A fun "experience" place. Good food, fun to chat and watch. Not for snobs or the elitist types.
cramped, but that's the idea
By jmark on 10/25/2005
this place thrives on being small and difficult, but that's kinda the point, isn't it? grilled corn was amazing. wait staff was polite, but hurried. definitely go for the mojitos. we showed up at 6 on a saturday and only waited 15 minutes.
If you can wait...
By Gnewey on 7/14/2004
This small restaurant is more like a casual dining place, but hardly worth the 40-minute wait for the nothing unusual food. I guess the hype or chic-factor is the main attraction. The grilled corn is excellent.
Food never tastes as good
By nikkibee on 3/6/2009
when you have to wait a million years for it. It took forever for us to be seated and one of the waitresses was super annoying. The food was good and the drinks potent, but I'm just not a person who can justify having to wait on line at a restaurant.
Not good at all looks quaint but the staff ain't move on !!!
By quecarofueeso1 on 8/29/2009
We stopped into the Habana because we thought the place looked quaint. We reviewed the menu outside and decided to go in. Yes the place is small but that was ok. The decor was cheeky and we had an expectation of inexpensive but good tasting. WE WERE WRONG. We ordered pancakes with fruit. and the eggs with chorizo. The pancakes were tasteless, thin and lack luster the fruit was fresh but warm. The eggs with chorizo came with black beans. You could smell chorizo but not see them.. The eggs were scrambled and over done and not visually appealing at all. We were hungry and we ate it all yes but , we left there very very disappointed. We ordered 2 cafe con leches and got to leches w/ a drop of cafe. If you are going to serve inexpensive food at least make sure the coffee is satisfying. P.S. the coffee was served in malted milk glasses why? I suppose the resturant gods do. I'd critic the staff but dare not waste more time on this sham of a latin resturant. Perhaps they should not serve breakfast.
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