Havana Central Times Square
Havana Central Times Square

Havana Central Times Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havanacentral.com/
  • Phone: 2123987440
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30 am - 4 pm 7 days a week Sunday thru Wednesday 11:30 am-11 pm Thursday thru Saturday 11:30 am-12 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,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, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Havana Central brings Cuba to your office, home or destination of your choice, serving the same fine food available at our restaurants.
  • Entertainment: Live Latin music 5 nights a week.
  • Special Events: Step out of the busy streets of Times Square and transport yourself to paradise. Our flagship location has multiple semi private dining options. The Mezzanine is comfortably seats 75 for dinner and 100 cocktails and happy hours. Our VIP area at the rear of the restaurant curtains closed to hold 12-25 seated and 28 for cocktails. The Veranda provides a street side view seating 20 and 25 standing. Our 40 foot long mahogany bar is also available for small gatherings of up to 20 guests.
    Rooms Available and Capacities:
    VIP Area - (12 min - 25 max)
    Mezzanine - (12 - 100)
    Bar - 20
    Veranda - (12 - 25)
    Entire Restaurant (Buy-out) (12 - 400)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th & 7th
  • Public Transit: N,R,W trains at 49th St B,D,F,V trains at 47-50th St's N,Q,R,S,W,1,2,3,7 trains at Time Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking & Public pay lots in the area: 145 West 47th Street between 6th and 7th Ave 25 W 48th St, between 5th and 6th Ave 148 W 48th St, between 6th and 7th Ave
A word from Havana Central Times Square
Our menu is a mouthwatering compendium of some of the best recipes from Cuba. Many of these are family recipes that have traveled from one generation to another and which our family and friends have saved with great zeal and devotion. All of our meals are prepared daily using only the finest, freshest ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Havana Central Times Square reviews from OpenTable diners
321 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (163)hot spot (111)vibrant bar scene (107)special occasion (101)fit for foodies (95)great for lunch (94)neighborhood gem (90)late-night find (60)kid-friendly (52)romantic (45)great for brunch (38)scenic view (15)great for outdoor dining (14)notable wine list (12)Show More
  • Cuban delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Authentic Cuban food, great service, everything was great! Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food not hot
    dede
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    service was enthuiastic waiter spoke extremely loud to table next to us so that we could not hear each other....appetizer of empenadas puilled pork was excellent but not hot....shrimp in garlic sauce just ok nothing special drinks were watered down very little alcohol we were apprehensive about sending food back to het heated but should have been hotter...everyone was polite but rushed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food-Service Not So Great
    holbrook22
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A group of six from various states met here at 2:45 pm for a late lunch. We were seated in the back away from other people and were able to talk without any problems. The staff didn't rush us. We ate from the special lunch menu and felt that the food was quite good and sufficient for lunch. It was a good value. The service though left something to be desired. One of the lunches was brought out about ten minutes before everyone else and a salad that was supposed to have dressing on the side had it over the salad when presented. We had to leave the table a number of times to have our glasses of water refilled and to ask for some mustard. Although the service was sub-par we would return in the future and hope for better service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cheryl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As always great experience. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great ambience
    diningfun
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Family members recommended we go to Havana Central. We were happy they did. Great atmosphere, with a band playing great Cuban music. The food was great! Good service. Drinks were great as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marriedtofoodnetwork
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food and service excellent. Great location after Broadway matinee. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a keeper!
    kitty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service, great ambiance, great food! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maravillosos
    Seatheworld
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This place was great. The sangria was the best I ever had. The skirt steak was like butter. No complaint say all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reservation
    Hoosier1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I made a reservation on Open Table. The restaurant didn't have it. Whose fault is that?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night in NYC
    AMJ8
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed a great night in the city with my wife at Havana Central. Food was great, Mojitos were delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect. Thanks again for having us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HAVANA CENTRAL WAS GREAT!
    NYCG
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was great....reasonable prices and big portions! Waiters were super cute and sexy! (yay!) Service was super! Great atmosphere, big drink menu, 100% delicious! Coconut margarita was wonderful! Check this place out for great food and a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad
    bmwmed19
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great but I was disappointed in the service and layout. At first we were placed in an area in the back with other people practically sitting on top of us. When we realized our table was very unstable, our waiter said he would bring something to stabilize it instead of moving us to a table that wasn't broken! We did move to another area later, with better service but we felt rushed because people kept trying to take our plates every 5 minutes and then when we did want the check to be taken we couldn't find anybody. However, the food was fabulous and I would eat there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuba Libre!
    Eatingout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Havana Central is a great find in the theater district. Tasty food, attractive to look ask and a pleasure to eat, with an authentic feel and ambience. The dining is good, as is the service, and food and drink are both reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reviews were accurate
    KatfromBklyn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was ok, but nothing to write home about. It was loud after the music started. But we had a great time in a small group where the priority was to relax and have fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Havana Central
    Mindy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Havana Central never disappoints, the food is always delicious and the service is always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE.... DISGUSTING.... NASTY
    Tasty
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    there's a cockeyed waiter there who is very rude and very disrespectful.. I went there with my mother and her friend to celebrate my mother's birthday and the waiter was not helpeful in getting us the accommodations that we needed. Instead of helping with us he decided to conversate was someone who had already clearly been finished and about to leave. what made it worse is my mother actually calls him to come over to help us and he decided to stop and talk to the older lady I proceeded to ask him again for assistance and told me he's talking so we got up and left. The freaking worst service I've ever received in all my years!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buzzing restaurant
    JulesUK
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a great time celebrating our daughter's 21st birthday. All the staff made us very welcome and were very attentive. The food was delicious - thank you Havana Central!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mention 'First Time There'
    LovePernil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very nice!! Mention it's your first time there and they will take care of you. Great service...food was delish!! Go for Friday happy hour 5-8pm and drink prices are more reasonable. Would definitely go again and stay later to enjoy the live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food a bit noisy and some server very excitable... the bar area tight and loud need a space/direction on how to get out of the restaurant. Otherwise our server was great and attentive. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find within Times Square
    foodhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have come here for lunch, dinner and drinks on more than one occasion. The food is always quite good and the service as well. I enjoy their lunches and mojitos the most!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great prices for Times Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Havana Central is an awesome restaurant with good food and amazing prices for Times Square. my husband, mother, and I came here before seeing a Broadway show, and we were very satisfied with the food. Made the reservation on opentable just a few hrs before dining, which was a plus. Food was excellent--I had the skirt steak, my mom had some kind of pork, and my husband ordered a Cuban Sandwich. Happy hour is from 4-7, $4 beers which is more than a steal for Times Square!! Only thing is that while the food comes out quickly, it feels like you're rushed out of the restaurant. Also, the waiters needed to be a little more attentive to our table in terms of water and drink refills. Other than that, the place was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsDelish1
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Love the empanadas. The bartender was great, music was awesome, took me back to my childhood listening to Celia cruz , Tito Puente & Tito Nieves, classic!! Already making plans for next week for a ladies night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks good in pictures
    Luv2eat07
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Let me say that I came here with pretty decent expectations of the place. I was taken to my table right away the waiter came over immediately and gave us some time. The food that was brought out was BLAND had no seasoning what so ever. This is supposed to be Cuban cuisine atleast put some adobo sheesh. Everything was like warm nothing hot as if it was made just waitibg for someone to order it. The drinks are so watered down it's pretty sad. The semi good part was the service provided by our waiter although he seemed to be the only one working which left some long wait times when we needed something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jamakins
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and service. One of my favorite places in NYC. Recommend it to friends often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Birthday.
    mmmjoy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Cuban food was good but I have been to better Cuban restaurants in Atlantic City and New York City over the years which taste better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Thursdays
    Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Edwin, Caroline,and Madeline are excellent, delightful, and wonderful waiter/waitresses.. They always makes the customers Happy. Jillian Sanchez is an excellent top of the line general manager. She always makes sure the restaurant is properly, organized, customers are happy and the waiters do their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service!
    Kimtastic29VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I love dining at Havana central and the food is amazing! Normally my service is great but this time not so much. Our waiter Edwin was very impatient and rude to us. He came to the table and completely interrupted my sentence by saying "HELLO" loudly. Then when my friend was asking a lot of questions about the food (she has a lot of allergies) he got noticeably annoyed. She asked how the grilled shrimp was prepared and his response was "grilled". He only got nice when it was tip time and he so lovingly added 18%suggested tip. Yeah right buddy. We come for the great food, but service should be just as good!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    svalerio1218
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always great to visit!! brought an out of town friend for mojitos and empanadas on $1 Empanada Tuesday and she LOVED it!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Respectable Cuban Food
    Eddiaz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were concerned about eating at a restaurant so close to Times Square. Those restaurants tend to be too loud, too crowded, too dirty and tailor to the tourist without the most discriminating palate. The food at Havana was well above expectations. The place was too loud and too touristy, but the food was quite good. If you're looking for relatively authentic Cuban food close to Times Square, I recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • larosen6
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Havana Central is our favorite place for pre theater dining. Because of traffic getting into NYC, we didn't have much time for dinner, but a manager and our server made sure our order was placed quickly and we had plenty of time to get to our theater before showtime. The food is always good, which makes this a true standout in the theater district. I also have always been greeted with a smile and sweetness by the Hostesses, which goes a long way in goodwill but not always found in NYC theater district eateries. Will always recommend this place (try the pork with the Chef's mom's recipe - delish) and will always return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement party
    Fun4us
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We celebrated the engagement of our son and his fiancee the evening of his proposal as a party of seven with all four parents and his brother. The food and service were fantastic! We were seated on the upper level which provided a bit more privacy but at the same time gave us the added energy this place generates. We tried a number of different dishes and everything was 5 star, plus the mojitos were perfect for a late July gathering. Our very knowledgeable waiter was excellent with just the right amount of attention. From the moment we stepped into this wonderful place we felt welcomed and a sense of celebration!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am never disappointed here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I work in the area and whenever I take clients out for lunch they always request Havana Central. Everything on the menu is good and I have never been disappointed. Whenever I have family or friends visiting I always take them on a tour of Times Square and end it at Havana Central and no they rave about it. The only thing I would say could use improvement is the volume with the live bands. They are amazing and I love them however it gets very loud and you cannot talk with the people sitting in front of you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    svalerio1218
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Always enjoy coming to havana central with my family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poorservice
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a reservation, but they made us wait 45 minuts. Said kitchen was behind. They finally offered us free drinks but they never came as we waited. Waitress was great, but food was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Thursday
    Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My dinner at Havana Central was delicious. I ate the Havana Central's classic Cuban Sandwich. I recommend it to all of my friends. Havana Central is an ideal and top of the line restaurant for all occasions. They have a vibrant bar scene, their music energetic, and all of their food dishes are delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go many times in the year!
    greatfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Recent being married at city hall there was no question as to were we would have our dinner. Havana Central has never failed us. This location was an amazing find for us. See you guys in two weeks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hapoy Thursday
    Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My dinner at Havana Central was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch dinner party celebrations. It is an excellent place. The food is top of the line.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Lunch
    Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My lunch today at Havana Central was very tasty and delightful. I had 2 friends with me and they enjoyed their lunch. Havana Central's Cuban sandwich is very tasty my friends loved it. The Shrimp with safron rice ordered by friend was delicious. My friends want to return back to Havana Central again and again. Our waiter Sebastian was outstanding and very caring about our needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical for New York......Pricey
    1905
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was good but was pricey for Cuban cuisine. Everything in New York is a little more expensive which we expected but visiting here from Tampa, we expected more from a Cuban restaurant, at least some Cuban bread.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Customer
    MissHazel
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I make excuses to go to Havana Central whenever I'm in town--that's how much I love it! The food is always delicious and the service couldn't be friendlier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic