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Havana Central

151 W. 46th St., New York, NY, 10036
nr. Sixth Ave.

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Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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By elsje.brandt on 12/6/2015

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

A very disappointed meal. The ribs, one of the most expensive items, were 95% fat. I should have returned them back to the kitchen.I was hoping to salvage some meat. I spoke to a manager and the response was " I'll talk to my chef ". This use to be my favorite rib meal but this item has changed to become extra fat ribs with a touch of meat.

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54 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

Would NOT Return

By chriscruz08 on 9/21/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Once you enter, you are greeted and sat down and you say WOW!!! Th decor is really really unique in which it makes you feel as if one was truly down in Havana but with a more upscale twist. The regular Mojito was really good but really up there going for $12 dollars. The menu is the usual Cuban restaurant menu and had a couple of mouth watering items that really made me want to try. Me and my friend had ordered empanadas and the lobster avocado salad and we were REALLY UPSET. The salad was an avocado cut in half with a mound of lobster salad, that looked like it came out of a can and fried plantains. No garnish, no sauce not even a little sprig of cilantro on top. Looked HORRIBLE!!! My empanadas were ok the chicken on was probably the best one the beef was just bland and the shrimp just tasted like tomato sauce. Once the entrees came, it really just hammered us down. Cilantro rice the tasted nothing like cilantro just sticky green rice topped with a dry fried egg which I thought had a runny yolk and some dried beef. Tasteless boring looking food. Really need to get a Cuban Grandma or Mother in the back of the house cuase coming from spanish roots... Food was a Nightmare!! Looks like a fun place to party and have some drinks with good service but If you looking to impress with the food. You are better off cooking at home!!!

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88 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

Best Experience

By lorialaptikobrien on 5/12/2010

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

I can't say nearly enough about the experience I had. The food was out of this world and the service was impeccable. I visited this establishment for my 41st birthday and from the moment we sat down everything was wonderful. My daughter request a table right up front by the side walk and we got it. Our server, was just out of this world. When I stepped away from the table my daughter made arrangements for them to come over and sing. I couldn't ask for anything else. This is definately going to be a place I will visit again and again, when I am back in NY.

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85 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

Average - Go For Standard and Cheap Meal

By HubbaHubba on 7/11/2009

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

We ordered several dishes to share. They were all tasty but definitely didn't have that flavor which made one feel that the chef in the back was cooking up something above average. Although the pricing was relatively inexpensive, there was not much to squeeze out those "oooo's" and "aaaahhh's" -- or yum! Our $5 mojitios (special) were over-sugared and under-alcholed. In the beginning of our meal, our official waiter seemed too overwhelmed to the extent that someone else covered for him. Plus, there was a bathroom in distress. Before using the bathroom downstairs, I flushed the previous attendant's finishings, but before I knew it, the water started rushing to the toilet's brim and I ran out! Keep an eye on the bathrooms! We also had a dirty plate served to us before the dishes arrived. Bad news bears!

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106 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

love it!

By nicole84 on 7/10/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

i love bringing people to havana central when they are visiting me in NY. I brought my cousins there yesterday and they couldn't get over the lively atmosphere and how good the mojitos were. Definitely recommend for groups.

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113 out of 229 people found this review helpful.

Havana via Times Square

By martin_chamois on 3/21/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Havana Central is more than a theme restaurant. The management and staff are interested in interpreting Cuban cuisine and having New Yorkers enjoy the food of Havana. The menu strays and the kitchen strays even more from real Cuban cooking. But the overall quality, attention and atmosphere make for an enjoyable meal.

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235 out of 515 people found this review helpful.

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