17 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Elizabeth St.
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.
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.
By toxygenius on 2/21/2005
Is being inexpensive for a restaurant is a good reason to have rude and high attitude staff? I don't think it is. I used to like this place more couple of years ago. But now this staff makes you really upset as they can't avoid their attitude and the meaningless looks you get very often. They have to change!
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.
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.
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
By iluvfood on 9/1/2007
mediocre food - interesting style of putting cheese & chilli powder on corn. surely flavourful with such seasoning. but the quality of corn itself was poor and the cooking was way over-done. a quarter of it was burnt. awful service - waitresses with an attitude. restaurant with a stupid policy. was told 10min of waiting ended up 40min. finally a table was available then was told that couldn't be served til all guests are present even 2 out of 3 were there for 40min while they promised to hold the table - that's the stupid thing - deliberately just wanting people to stand and wait under the heat outdoor! poor environment - decor was not bad but all the bags of rubbish standing right by the restaurant really stunk. really don't understand why's the crowd even with such bad service. i wanted to find out if its the food which was why i didn't walk away. obviously it wasn't the case!!
By down2earth on 10/26/2007
A fun "experience" place. Good food, fun to chat and watch. Not for snobs or the elitist types.
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!
By willyc on 1/13/2008
I've been a big fan of Cafe Habana for years, but last night's meal was awful. Although the restaurant wasn't too busy, service was pathetic and slow. One appetizer never arrived, they were out of a few entrees (including their famous pork chops -- we were told they were "downstairs" but no one could get them), one of the entreesordered was sent back since it was the wrong order (to which the waitress muttered "they keep changing their orders"), no water was provided for the table and no one came to ask if we wanted another round of drinks. When we asked to speak to the manager, we were told "no one is in charge". Our waitress spent most of the time eating a salad a table away from us -- I hope she enjoyed her dinner better than we did. What's happened to this place?