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:
  • 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
287 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (144)vibrant bar scene (99)hot spot (99)great for lunch (83)special occasion (83)neighborhood gem (79)fit for foodies (77)late-night find (53)kid-friendly (50)romantic (38)great for brunch (29)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (11)notable wine list (10)Show More
  • The Best Cuban Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Havana Central is one of my favorite restaurants. I go there often, but this last time was to celebrate my husband's birthday. He loved it, our favorite dish is "arroz con pollo", amazing. The appetizers are all delicious. This place is totally a "must go to" restaurant. The service and staff were excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good vibes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The vibe was great for a young group of friends who want great food and awesome atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many things wrong
    Jan51
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It took a long time to get a server. Ordered our drinks and food at the same time, food came out way before the drinks. Food did not have much taste. Had to ask for extra sauces for the dish, which we got with no trouble.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite Cuban Restaurant
    Dorie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The slow roasted pork is just delicious, but then again just about everything else I tried on the menu was so good! The waiters/waitresses are always very friendly, attentive and never fail to make me laugh. I have been coming here for years and always felt comfortable and welcomed. Thank you:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The tasted fine, but it was missing more flavor. It being a Cuban place, i was expecting more unique Cuban flavors. The service was decent and quick, which i appreciated. I think that when in New York, you desire unique flavors and honestly i did not feel like we got that from this place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday
    happy2celebrate
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went there with a friend for my birthday. The appetizer we had was the lobster and avocado which was delicious. The entrees were very good and my birthday cake was the chocolate cake which finished off the meal very nicely. Definitely would recommend and have dinner there again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accomodating
    HappyCustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Made reservation via Open Table. Arrived and they were carding people, We were with our 6 years old. They let us to the restaurant area. However the music was loud and my son was not tolerating the noise level, so we were going to go some place else, but instead the restaurant lower the volume (which we did not request, after all it is a latin restaurant where salsa is king, we were not planning to disrupt that). We had a great time and the food delicious as well, we'll be back with our dancing shoes
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Poor service,tasteless food,cold, drinks arrived almost with the check,a lot of drunk people SCREEMING at the bar
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    rceb
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We made reservations after the show and before the train. Great food, great service, and just right to get us through the ride home. This was not my first time here and it will not be my last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliant
    Arminio
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food, service and music! Highly recommend this restaurant to all, not far from Times Square and not too pricey either!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The service was quick given we had theater tickets. The server was energetic and made great drink and food recommendations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood favorite
    Letty
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food and great service. My colleagues and I frequent Havana for lunch (we work in the area), and we always have attentive service (including the owner coming by and saying hello) and the food never fails to delight. The coconut mojito is excellent! Thank you. P.S. Crystal always gives us great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GEM47
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I loved the atmosphere. I thought the food was delicious and will come back with my friends. I went on a Wednesday and I love that they had a band to play music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bill t
    ETsch
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, excellent service. I am never disappointed with havana central.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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