Havana - Alma de Cuba
Havana - Alma de Cuba

Havana - Alma de Cuba

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havananyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122423800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Tlapa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: The Havana Room, available for parties up to 65 guests, is ideal for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, christening and anniversaries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: btw. Bleecker & Bedford Sts.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: on West 10th St.
A word from Havana - Alma de Cuba
Tucked in a cozy street corner in the heart of the West Village, Havana Alma de Cuba exudes the warmth and flavor of an authentic Cuban restaurant. The rhythmic palpitations of salsa and merengue, and the extraordinary scents of exotic dishes permeates the air. More Information: info@havananyc.com
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Havana - Alma de Cuba reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (21)great for brunch (13)romantic (12)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (7)special occasion (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • ai726
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful experience. Delicious menue,attentive waiter, and the live music made it for a wonderful dining experience on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I've been here for a group b-day dinner and date night and it was great both times. Food and drink are wonderful and the ambiance is quite nice. Friendly service as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live music during dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a lovely meal here Friday night with my wife. Very romantic with a glass of cava and live music. Food was delicious, we had ceviche, yuca, snapper, and salmon. Right in the heart of Christopher street. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    paleomjc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent dining experience. Pork tenderloin and pescado enjoyed at the table. Also wonderful caipirinha and tamarind drink (mojito?). Service terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Redr
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I brought my father all the way down to the city from CT to meet up with family and friends for his birthday! We had a wonderful time. Though the wait staff was not very accommodating or friendly, they got the job done and we enjoyed our experience and the company.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place But...
    mhnyc
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    It seemed rushed. Waiter asked for drink order literally 5 seconds after giving us the drink menu to look at. He just rushed to get order...place was busy but there weas no need to rush on a weekday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just OK
    FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were seated at the second dining toom - I think it is their party room - the waiter was bordering fresh - thin line between friendly service and being fresh ... and the noise level gave us a headache ... sad - the place has a lot of potential - will try again but make sure next time we don't get the rude waiter and not get seated in the party room ...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, pretty setting
    akka27
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very nice little find with a relaxing garden, good food, and great drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I recommend it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Good service, good atmo, good portions, good drinks, good value.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised....
    janettnycVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Now that the nice weather has finally arrived, was looking for a place in the neighborhood with outdoor space. We had a lovely dinner here > interesting cocktails, several appealing specials and very good seafood paella. The service was attentive. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went for brunch
    Bant123456789
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Drinks strong and unlimited Food was great! Will come back for the brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 383 reviews are from the Havana - Alma de Cuba reviews archive.
  • Great Cuban food!
    DrJN68VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Sat in the outside area in the back. It was very nice and comfortable. Would eat here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaveyD
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food and drinks were excellent. Great find in "The Village". Sit out back, much cozier.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last minute find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was great. Service was excellent. Found it walking around the village in Manhattan.I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bday dinner
    godzillo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place is great, this would be about the 5th time Ive been here and I always say afterward, why did it take so long to come back? The food is great, I had ropa vieja and she had bistec palomilla. Their specialty cocktail menu is excellent as well. Try the Passion de Cuba. But seriously, dont skip this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gmatuse
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Good food and good service. Comfortable and nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Awesomeness
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food and Service was top notch. Will for sure hit this place up again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch on the patio
    Skifan
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great garden patio Nice menu 2 hour unlimited drinks were great! Service was a bit slow for brunch, but it was expected as it was busy. I would go back and would recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cuban "soul" food!
    Cubanfoodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food tasted almost as good as my mom used to make (and that's saying a lot), and the service is always warm, impeccable and friendly. My first visit we sat inside and were treated to live music, guitar and bongo. Second visit was delightful on the patio -- just wish we could have heard the music outside! I get to NYC at least once a year and always make it a point to try to eat here. Just love it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always
    Dave
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Vaca frita was very good, as were the empanadas. The wife and i also ordered a pitcher of sangria - delicious. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the village. We highly reccomend it, but make sure to make reservations, as it gets busy quickly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good value
    mrsCVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My only criticism is don't eat here too late. We ate here at 9:15pm and some of the food was dry and/or had burned edges. The roasted pig was fabulous (and a huge portion) ... the pork chop great. The rice/beans were dry as a bone and the tamal had a very burned edge. But the food was good otherwise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The last time I eat here the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The last time I eat here the service was great. This time was the opposite. The entrees took a hour to arrive. The server seemed upset all night. He never smiled. He never thanked us for eating there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has excellent Cuban
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    This place has excellent Cuban food. We tried the Ropa Vieja, Sea Bass, roasted corn and yucca fries which were all delicious. And we loved imbibing on many Blueberry Caipirinhas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Havana was a great find! The server was very attentive and energetic, there was live music (guitar and singer), lively atmosphere and delicious food. I never had cuban food before and was not disappointed. Their appetizers were a great start for our group and then we shared some main dishes. Definitely recommend for a lively dinner out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low Key, but excellent
    judybVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Small place in a nice Greenwich Village location. Went out with friends, looking for someplace where we could talk (on St. Patrick's Day) and this place was perfect. Good food, good service, reasonably priced. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cuban!!!!
    Sembs
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great menu. Limited # of specials but delicious ones. Great atmosphere for romantic dinner in room by garden. Loved it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuban food at it's best in
    YolyOVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Cuban food at it's best in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in town. We've had just about everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. The service is attentive and the drinks are terrific. It's a small intimate place with a lovely outdoor terrace. A must if you're in the mood for great Latin food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A mini trip to Cuba
    mfnycVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went here the other night with a coupon deal. We were more than pleasantly surprised. The food was very tasty and Sangria very good. This place is better than similar type restaurants nearby. The service was friendly and accommodating. There even was live music that added to the atmosphere. Even without the coupon, it is very reasonable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Village Cuban
    Stephen
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Small, quiet, Cuban resto with excellent food, good drinks, good service and reasonable prices. Would not cross country to go here, but nice place in Village. Pleasant, friendly style, with lots of good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the Village
    Sangrialover
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Sangria is great, lots of food options (veg, fish, meat), delicious ceviche. Very close to 1,9 subway stop. Food has a lot of flavor and not salty. Paella is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice West Village Find
    Veronica
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant's menu, location and ambience. Will try again when in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fantastic
    Cynthia
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We dined tapas style and were not disappointed. The ceviche was especially stellar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had Valentine's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had Valentine's Day dinner with my husband and we had a wonderful experience. The prixe fix menu for the occasion was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Telemundo Approved
    hollowleg
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I stumbled upon this restaurant from reviews on OpenTable, Yelp, and TripAdvisor. It's a small restaurant so large parties are no bueno; it's perfect for small groups + date nights. The owners came around and welcomed us in person; it was very warm and charming. Everything on the menu looked delicious; we decided on empanadas and fried plantains which were perfect for a cold winter night. We got a chicken, beef, and pork dish to share; it ended up being a man vs. food challenge; very generous portions. A latin station was filming the restaurant which didn't surprise us since the restaurant was truly a gem in the west side. Next time we'll take cabs there so we can try their extensive cocktail and wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Phil
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great accommodations, cozy and small spot, not much room though. The host and waiter were very nice. Bought out a special dessert because I let them know ahead of time it was my anniversary and they honored my requests. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Havana - Alma de Cuba
    Debbie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Three of us with differing tastes selected this restaurant for dining prior to a show at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. We were not disappointed. The reception when we arrived was very welcoming, and the wait staff were all willing to please. We were given a choice of sitting in the front room with music, or dining in the more private back room which was more conducive to conversation. The only problem we had was the low level of lighting, which made it hard to read a menu or see the food. However, the selections of appetizers and entrees was varied and we were satisfied with the quality of preparation of our dishes. Try this restaurant for appealing Cuban food. Look for it carefully on Christopher Street as it is easy to miss.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Their brunch was great. I really enjoyed the different drinks they include in the brunch special. The food was awesome too great portions and very tasty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not child friendly !
    Twist033
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It was New Year's Eve and we took out 5 year old Daughter out for an early dinner .The restaurant was empty They sat us by a cold window So that we would be away from the others . I get the whole Child bothersome thing . But it was cold . They ignored us in the corner . We drank a few mojitos that actually were good . In Any case my husband and my daughter are Cuban so it reAlly looked bad I argued not to give such a great tip but being a Holiday he did because that's who we are . And it Was a holiday . Bill was $175 and we left $ 230 I would expect at least a free desert for my daughter
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When you can't go to Cuba...
    jammerVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    My friend and I so enjoyed our little trip to Havanna - Alma de Cuba. It was a warm escape from a cold New York night. The food was wonderful and authentic but it's the atmosphere and service that makes you feel like you're truly in Cuba.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to return!
    AmethystRose
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food was delicious and the service was attentive. There was live music when we dined (a Friday night). Even with the performer singing, my friend and I could hear each other when we conversed. This restaurant is a winner! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.