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Havana Central at The West End
Havana Central at The West End

Havana Central at The West End Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havanacentral.com
  • Email: info@havanacentral.com
  • Phone: (212) 662-8830
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 11:30 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday Monday thru Wednesday 11:30 am-10 pm. (Bar closes at 11pm) Thursday 11:30 am-11 pm Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-12 am. (Bar closes at 1 - depending on business) Sunday 11:30 am -10 pm. (Bar closes at 11 pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Stanley Licairac
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Located within steps of Columbia University, this landmark, one of the oldest running bars since Prohibition, best known as the favorite haunt of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg also holds an important place in the history of Jazz. Renovated in 2007, this true neighborhood establishment reopened its doors under the name Havana Central at the West End, holding onto its deep community ties and adding our distinctive Cuban flair along the way.
  • Entertainment: Havana Central has live Latin music, karaoke and DJ. Please inquiry for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: This location boasts two private rooms and large open bar area accommodating seating or cocktails from 44 – 350 guests. Ideal for corporate, university and social events including product launches, corporate meetings, networking and life milestone celebrations. Rooms Available and Capacities: Bar Area - (44 seated - 100 cocktail) Dining Room - (75 seated - 100 cocktail) Back Havana Room - (125 seated - 150 cocktail) Outdoor Cafe - (42 seated) Entire Restaurant (Buy-out) (250 seated - 350 cocktail)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 113th and 114th Streets
  • Public Transit: The 1 Subway line to 110th or 116th Streets. The 104 Bus stops at 113th Street and the M4 stops at 110th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking & Public pay lots in the area: 110th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave 112th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave 114th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
A word from Havana Central at The West End
Havana Central at the West End transports you to pre-Revolution Cuba with swanky decor, lively jazz, relaxing bar and beloved recipes. Traditional Cuban cooking is a labor of love: many dishes are slow-cooked over low heat and require constant attention to create that perfect flavor. Executive Chef Stanley Licairac has mastered the patience and style necessary to recreate old-world Cuban classics. Havana Central at the West End was voted one of the Top 10 Best Places in New York for Groups by OpenTable diners, so gather your loved ones and celebrate the Cuban culture with hot jazz, fine dining and delicious mojiots! Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Diner Reviews
  • "Food is awesome. Try the mojito, come with an actually piece of sugar cane."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went for Empanada Day special. There was definitely a lively bar scene with lively drinks to match. Music was authentic, but a little loud if you were seated in booth under speaker. They did a fine job!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined here last weekend and it was so much fun. The waiter was attentive and professional, but my significant other thought he was trying too hard for his tip. The sangria was great and I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went there with my son & daughter to try NYC's take on Cuban cuisine. Maybe we're over critical (having lived in Miami for 11 years) but we were disappointed in the food. The Empanadas were really good and my daughter couldn't get enough of the avocado dip that came with the plantain chips. But it went downhill from there. My roast pork was tender but tasteless. My son's Cuban sandwich was mediocre. My daughter's Mofongo was cold and tasteless also. The waitress was very apologetic about the slow service (It took an hour to get our food, from the time we ordered). The noise level was really loud but the decor was very nice. It would appear that one should stick with the appetizers, as those were the only highlights of our meal."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was there to have a birthday dinner and we were all so happy with the menu !!! Excellent food & tasty drinks. The waitress was so genuine and great ! She had a fantastic attitude and sang happy birthday to me !"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The good was extremely delicious and the ambience makes you feel that you are La Habana!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Ropa Vieja con Una Mujer Joven y Bonita es perfecto."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great spot for visiting parents of Columbia students -- awesome food!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The atmosphere at this restaurant is wonderful, the live music transports one to the islands and the food is fresh and delicious. I had rotisserie chicken with a mango glaze and it was quite flavorful."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food is always fantastic! Great variety of authentic food, served with very professional, knowledgable staff who are very attentive and friendly! Was seated quickly and love the ambience! Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We've been to Havana Central before and rated it 5 stars then. The good: very good Mojitos; my wife's salmon was perfection. I had vaca frita (fried shredded beef). I've had this before and it was 100% better last time. Tender with a touch of crispiness. Well this time they must have fried it a bit longer than they should have since it toughened up the meat substantially. Good taste but it gave my mouth a workout."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The ambiance in HC is lively, friendly, energetic. The employees are the same. The place is very clean. HOWEVER, the food is just a bit short of expectations. Although the food was well presented, and pretty much nicely prepared it was rather bland and so did not do this style of cuisine justice. The Batida cocktail was delicious, but nearly bereft of alcohol. I think that only a few tweeks in the kitchen and at the bar can make this into a first class restaurant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My dinner stay at Havana Central was a very rewarding experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very noisy. Wait staff was very very good..........but we waited over an hour to get our food. We asked for bread twice and only got some on the third request."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Restaurant atmosphere was nice and given the long wait for our food... It was great for conversation. But if your really hungry this may not be the best option it took 40+ mins for appetizer and we waited for over an hour for our entree as a party of 2! The table next to us also had a similar complaint!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everyone was pleasant enough but it was very hectic and took forever to get our food for brunch. The brunch drink special of mimosa was basically orange juice. Then I ordered a glass of "champagne" which tasted like rubbing alcohol. Even the cheapest sparkling wine never tasted like that. I had taken my cast out for a treat and I was disappointed and wished I had gone to my favorite Cuban restaurant. The food was enjoyed by all, however."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I had a wonderful time the food was Good the drinks were great & the service was exceptional. The young lady was on point. She wasonknowledgeable , friendly & very attentive"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It was mom's birthday and we all decided to take her there. Food was great waitress was wonderful very attentive and enjoying the kids at our table. EXCELLENT choice...."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Atmosphere was very alive. Noisy and good ambiance to meet friends for dinner."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great Food, Drinks & Desserts .. A great dining experience...A bit on the expensive side so not good as an anytime eatery but great for a special occassion or for when you want to truely treat yourself.."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Terrific Cuban food. Try the Empanadas, the coconut shrimp and the seafood paella. You won't leave hungry! Wash it all down with their great selection of Margharitas and you won't mind the pricey bill ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my friends advice and took my girlfriend to this restaurant for vday. Have to say that im glad i did. Food was good,decently priced, drinks were good also. There service was decent as well def coming back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We waited a long time to get out drinks. Service could have been better . Food was great though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Weather bad but Havana food and service made up for it. Atentive waitress made the night special"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I'm a foodie and even I, couldn't finish my meal! The waitress and management were extremely attentive and they checked on us on a couple of occasions, which was very nice."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Order came in wrong......and they ruined the Birthday Surprise"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I attended the restaurant upon a reservation and was a little late due to the snowy conditions that had just occurred. I ordered my food and a Sangria to drink. I noticed a black speck in my drink but figured it was from the fruit within my drink. It was something from the fruit alright which I noticed as I came close to finishing the Sangria. That black speck was a fruit fly that had been floating in my drink the whole time. I showed it to our waiter and all he had to say was I wish you would have told me before you finished the drink. Mind you I was not yet done with the drink but he did take it away. I asked for the check thinking that I would not be charged for the drink but that was not the case."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Service was good but the website says that for $15 its all you can drink for 2 hours. When we got there, we found out it was not true and the reason why we went there was for the drinks. But again the food and service was good but if you are going there for the all you can drink, go somewhere else!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We went for a birthday party (about 14 people). The food and especially the service was amazing. We had a lot of fun, with the waitress helping us making our own drinks."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Reasonable, pleasant, tasty--staff friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. Fun faux-tropical milieu."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food starting with the appetizers were great. The staff were very friendly, the music superb. I really love everything about Havana Central upper west side. Great Job for our waiter whom we were calling left to right, he was awsome and he did a wonderful job. Thumbs up."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Delicious Cuban cuisine and good service. Live performance of Cuban music was great, but was too loud that we had to shout to talk."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We loved the food but a later start put us there when the DJ began playing. Music was great and if we were in the mood to dance it would have been perfect. But to eat and talk it was louder than we would have wanted. It still won't keep us from going back. Just need to go earlier if we will want a little quieter"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our server forgot our drinks order more than three times...did not know if there were clams on the menu and began paying more attention to a bigger group that came.....among other things...will never, ever go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food was good, great bar & band. I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great pre fix menu and open bar recommend the place for special occasion have great time with the family"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We selected the Havana based on reviews and were not disappointed. Great food, prices and service! We were able to enjoy a booth for a group of 4 with no rush and with service that included frequent follow ups. Highly recommend this location and team."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "we had a group of 10 meet after a meeting and the appys and drinks were great and we sat and were not pressured in the least to leave. very energetic although we were able to converse."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We went here before seeing my daughter perform at Barnard College on a busy Saturday evening. We ranged in age from18-83 and all were pleased with their meals. The server was terrific. Nice, attentive, and best of all, we had time before the show and I expressed to him "we will clear out so you can have your table". He replied "This is YOUR table, stay as long as you like." Wow. How lovely! We will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The appetizers were good, but the main courses were not. My steak (pallomilla) was dry, the yuca was over cooked, and the black beans just so-so. Being Cuban myself, I know good Cuban food. The pitcher of Mojitos was good, though a bit pricey ($45) though probably normal for NYC. The server was very nice and accommodating, as were the rest of the staff. The dessert (flan) was also underwhelming. Nice place, but not the best Cuban food."
    Dined on 12/7/2013