Havana - Alma de Cuba
Havana - Alma de Cuba

Havana - Alma de Cuba

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havananyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 242-3800
  • 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
40 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (16)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (10)romantic (10)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (7)special occasion (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent Cuban Spot in the West Village
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Definitely a neighborhood hot spot. This Cuban restaurant was jam packed and had live music and a very lively, fun atmosphere. The food and drinks were delicious, especially the mojitos, meatballs, chorizos, empanadas, and ox tail. Priced quite reasonably. Very fun dinner. Would highly recommend it, and will hopefully be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LC0212
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was good. The live music is entertaining however it was a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A slice of Cuba in the Village
    LorraineVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant was suggested to me by Yelp, based on other places I've visited. It's quite small, and the friend I went with said he loved it. Some reviews called it romantic, but not sure I would agree. The restaurant, with it's "fresco" paintings, quick wait service, the live music, soft lighting, delicious food . . . was perfect. I can't wait to go back with more friends!! WE started with Mojitos (of course) and then the ceviche, Vaca Frita, with Yucca and finished with Flan de coco and Empanaditas De Guayaba and of course Cafe con Leche! It was all served in perfect timing, we enjoyed to live music and everything was very well priced. Add to that being able to park on the street!! (Drove in from NJ)Can't wait to do it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot in the West Village!
    got2b
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This tiny gem is a great restaurant fused with Spanish and Cuban cuisine. Don't forget to be there in time for Happy Hour, $5 for any margarita, mojito or sangria! Great service, affordable, and live music on Friday nights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected find
    dineoutdame
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    There is a man rolling cigars in the front window for starts...We were hungrry so went right for the entrees. I had a lite and flaky seabass on a brussels sprouts/rice mixture with a lite red pepper sauce. It was very delicious and 22$. I think the prices were very fair for the quality of food. The room is very small and romantic but there was a couple with a sweet baby nearby which added to the local atmosphere of the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was in the mood for some Cuban food and this was perfect! Food was great...Mojitos has real sugar cane in it yum !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service, delicious food!
    SyracusemomVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I dined here for the first time and loved it. The recommendations made were spot on - we started with a special shrimp appetizer and the chorizo, both wonderful, especially the shrimp. There was live music that was just the right volume. We were afraid the dinner was going to come out too fast since the appetizers came out quickly and when we voiced our concern, he told us just to let him know when we would be ready, which was perfect. All in all, a fantastic evening! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 390 reviews are from the Havana - Alma de Cuba reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, pretty setting
    akka27VIP
    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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    StephenVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.