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Havana Central Times Square
Havana Central Times Square

Havana Central Times Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havanacentral.com
  • Phone: (212) 398-7440
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Always enjoy coming to havana central with my family."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was average . Not impressed with the paella at all. Do not order the lobster stuffed avocado appetizer . Took forever to get our table cleared off . Disappointing experience"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service from the beginning to end! This was a weekend get a way for my husbands birthday and we where more than satisfied!Defiantly worth a train ride or drive from New Haven!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my second time coming to Havana Central I enjoyed my self again the food was amazing portions are plentiful could not eat all my food took most of it home. The passiofruit mojito was so refreshing had two of those next time I come hope to try dessert"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I had to duck out of my conference for dinner and found Havana Central. The food was good and the service was excellent. The wait staff was very attentive. It was loud, but what do you expect, it is located in Times Square. There was a good energy in the restaurant and people seemed to be enjoying themselves. I would go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere and waiter provided excellent service to assure we got to our 2 pm matinee in time. Had the salad with mango glazed salmon which was grilled to perfection and portion is plentiful. Have lunched there many times and were always pleased with the dishes we selected."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing! And the mojito, although strong, was delicioso! Our server was wonderful; very friendly and polite."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food. Great drinks. Live music. Lots of fun."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very good food although a bit overpriced. My only complaint is that it is so noisy there."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My dinner at Havana Central was delicious, I had a pernil sandwich with sweet potatoes fries My compliments to the chef. Dining at Havana Central was extra special because I h my favorite waitress Madeline. She always makes sure I have my lemon wedges with my ginger ale. I also had the pleasure of seeing Caroline another favorite waitress of mine. I recommend Havana Central to everyone I know. It is a great and excellent restaurant with tasty and top of the line dishes and an excellent wine list."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I've been to Havana Central many times and I always say I'm going to order something different, but I always end up getting the classic Cuban sandwich! It's the best Cuban I've found and would recommend it to everyone. Plus, the mojitos are delicious! The downstairs can be a bit noisy, but if you want a more intimate noise level, ask to be seated upstairs."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I would not recommend the food. Everything tasted pre-prepared, and warmed up, not fresh. Understandably the Cuban slow roasted pork takes hours to make, but I was disappointed. The service is excellent. The Latin style band was very loud for the venue but enjoyable. I would not return. If you have the time go outside the Times Square area to find a restaurant, there are other choices. What could be a gem in the theatre district is not."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had dinner here following a play on Sunday. It's in walking distance to the theatre district. hey have two floors of seating. We sat on the second floor overlooking the main, which was very nice and a bit secluded. We started off with fried calamari, which is delightful. I had the mango-galzed salmon salad, which was quite good, my husband had the chicken sandwich and my son and husband had the classic cuban and grilled chicken cuban sandwiches, respectively. Everyone enjoyed their selection. We had a finish up with a great dessert, but couldn't decide which would be best so we went with the cuban dessert sampler, which included churros, flan and tres leche. I had never had churros before - now I'm in love."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food and Mojito try coconut and service!! Recommend or post Broadway shoes in theater district"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was delicious, unfortunately, everything was served at once. We ordered appetizer, main dish and desert and everything was brought at once, making our table extremely crowded. The restaurant was also very congested. The noise level was loud, I guess because many were watching the World Cup on TV. Also, the restaurant did have a bit of a dingy look and feel to it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I always enjoy stopping in to Havana Central when I am in the city. It is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Great food great service, great people."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was good but there are better places to go in NYC. Service is exceptionally slow. It is a big restaurant close to Times Square, enough said."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Right in heart of theater district. Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Great food and different from the bazillion Italian places. Great before-the-show place."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "After dining at the Havana Central at the Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers, I was eager to return but I live in Manhattan. I was happy to find this Havana Central in Manhattan. Yes, it's in the heart of Times Square are, yes it's very noisy and crowded but the staff was friendly and responsive, if not attentive. And best of all, the food was just as good as the food at Ridge Hill."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is one of the best Cuban restaurants in midtown. The food has great authentic cuban flavor and the cocktails are totally on point. I've been here several times and I would highly recommend the Seafood Paella and the Grilled Salmon with the Mango Slaw. The Mojito's are very tasty and the Caipirinha's are the truth! Our waiter Edwin was a perfect gentleman and his service was awesome. The scene is very lively which makes for a great spot for girls night out or for celebrating a special event such as birthdays or anniversary's. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for great food, drinks and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This time I was disappointed [this was the only time so far]. My son and I ordered the meat grill consisting of pork chop, steak,chicken,chorizo, fried yucca. Everything on the hot plate was burnt on the bottom."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Havana Central (Times Square) never fails to please; the food is always great, service is courteous and friendly and there is always the right level of buzz to give it that New York feel."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful -- thank you!! Delicious food. Literally everything on the menu was appealing. Lobster stuffed avocado appetizers were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It's pretty hard to find a place that isn't a tourist trap in Times Square but Havana has always tried to step outside the line. Those of us who work in midtown and have to find places to eat out appreciate the effort!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The Monfongo with Pernil is excellent. Accompanied with their fully white rice and red beans, all I have to say is was "Delicioso!""
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Drinks OK but expensive . Black beans and rice dry and tasteless . Noise (at 7:0o P M on a Monday night) made it impossible to talk. Many other good places to go"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I ordered the Ropa Vieja mofongo and it was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The place needs some major renovations. Totally felt like I was in the "hood". I decided to have lunch at Havana Central w/some collegues from out of town, as it was centrally located. Major mistake - the food tasted like it had been sitting around for hours before they served it to us. There are not many options on the menu, and the options available are not appetizing. Next time my collegues are requesting Cuban food, we'll head over to Victor's Cafe or Son Cubano!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I've been to this Havana Central, many, many times and at different times of different days of the week. This was my first time there on Sunday. It was considerably crowded for 5 PM. Our waiter was a little short and we ordered the sangria at the table, which is always delicious and comes with a nice presentation, but he threw it together, dripping it all over the floor, stirring it with a stirrer he took out of one of the glasses, instead of the normal big spoon. The food was good, as always, but I was disappointed since I brought a friend who had never been there and I had raved about the place. It also felt like our food was rushed out to us and they were constantly hovering to remove plates and clear the table. Overbooking reservations?"
    Dined on 6/22/2014