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Havana Alma de Cuba

94 Christopher St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
212-242-3800

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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57% would go back.

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Inauthentic Cuban

By tw44 on 11/28/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

It's hard to figure out how this restaurant still exists in NYC, with its large, irregular size and back garden, poor quality and bland food, and mediocre ambiance. The service was not bad, but the food was barely edible (obviously canned/frozen out of season vegetables and tough chicken were used in the two dishes I tried) and had very little seasoning. I will definitely not be returning.

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26 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

Worst Valentine's Day

By eugene1234 on 2/15/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Went for a Valentines Day dinner and expected a normal menu as provided by their website. However, upon entering the only option given was a $60 per person Valentines Day menu consisting of a few bland meals. The food was not to par with the cost. There were three appetizers available and just four or five entrees. The desert consisted of a choice of two dishes. The service was mediocre. The $60 course also included a choice of drinks of either a sangria, mojito, or a bottle of wine. We elected to try the sangria. I must say that the sangria was well made, and that was all that was well made. The food was average and was no in way worth the outrageous and unpredicted cost. Had the restaurant warned their guests of their specific Valentines Day menu I would not have went there. This is not my first time attending Valentines day dinners, but it is certainly my last time at the Havana Alma de Cuba. Furthermore, for the same $120.00 + tax + tip meal you can easily find yourself at a much better restaurant and certainly with better food.

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52 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

Perfect date spot.

By Gammiano on 1/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you're out and about for late night dining, anywhere near Christopher street in the village, then you already know about Alma de Cuba. In an area where everyone seems to be heading down to the pier it can be pretty easy to get caught up on just grabbing a slice at the corner pizza place. However, if you step away from the wave of people partying coming in and out of the sex toy shops, you could actually turn the night into a romantic, delicious and sexy experience with your hunny. In the summer the back patio doesn't hurt either. Try the gambas al ajillo and filete de pargo -red snapper, green plantain crust, avocado, mashed sweet plantains and sofrito sauce....TO DIE FOR! If you go on a night with live music you've basically just solidified a def. second date!

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30 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

perfecto.

By MSBAMBI on 7/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

the food. the people. the atmosphere. the live music. everything was nothing less than amazing! i took my hard-to-please [when it comes to food] bf here and he was impressed. he had the paella and i had the chicken special. both were genrously portioned and very tasty. i cant wait to go back. we're already planning our next visit.

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32 out of 80 people found this review helpful.

Are they really Cuban?

By Mercy on 6/21/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I have had my fair share of Cuban cuisine and must say this is at the bottom of the list. On a positive note, we walked in on a Sunday and were seated immediately. The mojitos and mango martinis were delish and garnished with a tasty sugar cane stick...That is where the compliments end. Very bland skirt steak...was it seasoned at all?? And I've never had such a small portion either! Even the beans were lacking flavor...how does that happen in a "Cuban" place? Service was blah to say the least. No personality and didn't make us feel welcome. Wouldn't go back- you can get better Cuban food elsewhere. Trust me!

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32 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

Great Cuban food in a fun party atmosphere

By amycoop on 9/4/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food is great. The live music on friday and saturday is a lot of fun. The outdoor patio outback is nice for large groups. The staff is so friendly and likes to bring constant pitchers of sangria!

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83 out of 134 people found this review helpful.

A Satisfied Customer

By OzzArnold on 2/11/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

October 2006 my first trip to NYC ever when I passed your restaurant walking along the village, didnt have much time that day being I was on a tight schedule, however, told myself I`d come back the next day and so I did and WOW Am I glad I did... The food was Delicious, loved the decor, at that moment I fell like I was back in my hometown.. would definetely go back again yes !!

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