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About Havana NY

Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, Havana NY gives you the true Cuban experience. Hearty dishes, fresh seafood and prime meats, daily specials and an inviting staff keeps our customers coming back year after year. Whether you're seeking a full course meal, or our famous Cuban sandwich, or refreshing Mojito, Havana NY is the place to kick back for the City's premier Caribbean cuisine.

58 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 5th and 6th Avenues

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 944-0990

Website:
http://havanany.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available after 7:00pm.

Public Transit:
7 train to 5th Avenue and B, D, F &V trains to 42nd Street.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Havana NY Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Business Meals (10)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Spicy (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The dinner was on Saturday (Dec 1) and now that I had a couple of days to digest it. Usually, I take the high road, but as a person that frequent a lot of nice restaurants. This place is cozy, however, the food was very bad. It wasn't seasoned properly and the portions were way too small for the prices. I would surmise, that the executive chef wasn't there and his stand-in isn't quite ready. The rice (yellow) had no flavor and the read beans wasn't as good as Goya from the can (lack any spices and more watery). The chicken (which was simply a boneless chicken breast) was very tough to cut and not properly cooked (too long). So, I would never recommend anyone that wants dinner here (i.e., over priced for basic food and portions are ridicules). I love Via Brazil restaurant (not a plug, just better food and not too far from this place).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was pretty good but not worth the prices. Ambiance and service were great. Food came quick, almost too quick.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Five appetizers, meals, and desserts all delicious. Pork, fish, soup, calamari, flan: Enjoyed it all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Both the food and service were great. Good spanish music at a low volume that we could converse with everyone at the table without shouting. We really enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here the first night that we went back two nights later. Authentic Cuban food and drinks, tasty and good sized portions, even for sharing! Would recommend this for foodies who enjoy that Cuban fare.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went here before a show because of the on-line reviews. We don't much about Cuban food, but everything was excellent: my wife had the Paella special which was bountiful and very delicious. I had a pork medallion special that was also excellent. Both dishes had an excellent mix of flavors and textures. The service was phenomenal and the ambience very nice.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great daily specials. Good portions and very tasty meals. We were not rushed and about to have a nice lunch and conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The staff was rude, service was terrible. Overpriced

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent food and ambience. The decor was exquisite.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Havana NY continues to be one of my faves in nyc. The staff is top notch with great service. We were one hour late for our reservation and they greeted us with smiles and promptly seated us. The food is authentic and plentiful. My fave is the skirt steak - flavorful and a huge portion. I been to Havana about 6 times and never disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, Great Drinks, Great Service. Dress up a little, this was definitely a place for "grown ups"

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Spicy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This restaurant is fabulous. We’ve been going for years and it just keeps getting better. It’s authentic Cuban cuisine. The portions are big. We always take home. The wait staff are friendly and very enthusiastic when serving you. I can’t say enough about Havana. Especially you Abis!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food and service! Servers are pleasant, energetic and attentive. The food is authentic and always fresh. I will continue visiting Havana N.Y. again and again!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service. Pretty place. Excellent empanadas! Cuban sandwich was ok. Black bean soup was tasty. Prices were reasonable. We enjoyed our lunch & would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for good Cuban food in a lovely setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Very good food, and good service. Everything from the appetizers to the meal, as well as side orders, are excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was overpriced and

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was delicious and came out relatively quick. I had to change my reservation a couple of times, but they were understanding and accommodating. The prices aren't expensive for being around/on West 38th. Rum punch was delicious as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The service was great, from the bartender to the wait staff. Restaurant has good vibe and fun setting. The food was good, con leche very good and I would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

it was not good., the food lacked flavor and was super expensive for what is was!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Loved the food, service and location. My husband and I were in Manhattan for a coupe of days for a staycation and decided to eat here based on the location from our hotel. We were so happy we came. The food and service was so good. I had a grilled shrimp dish and my husband had oxtails. Both meals were tasty and the rice and beans were on point! Drinks and appetizers were good as well. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were in NYC for the Eric Clapton concert and wanted some good Cuban food. Fortunately, we found Havana! Excellent food and great service! The crab cake appetizer was outstanding as well. My wife loved the Mojitos!

Would definetly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant was a gem find in the theater district. I almost hesitate to write a review on it, it's that good. Started off with empanadas, they were small but perfect with a coconut mojito. We had ropa veija, white rice, black beans traditional Cuban meal. Added both sweet and fried bananas. Amazing! Service was on point, super friendly and accommodating. Felt like we were at an old friends house. We were entertaining our dear friends and wanted to try something new. This was perfect. They loved all the food. We all had to have desert even though we were full as the portions don’t appear like much but everything was very filling. I had my favorite dessert tres leche with coffee. This as well did not disappoint. Excellent service, food, drinks, ambiance and location. That’s a 5 star plus!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Dinner before a show

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Family dinner. As usual awesome meal. Guacamole the best. Pork shank special was excellent. Thanks for making our family dinner a one to remember

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

My dinner was very good but my wife's steam was tough. The prices are reasonable. Our waiter was personable and attentive to our table. My only concern which was minor is that the food service was very fast and we had to chat while we sipped our wine after our meal. In addition, I would have preferred a paella dish for dinner as well. Overall, Havana NY is worth a another.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Havana was a wonderful find near Bryant Park. The food was fresh, delicious and plentiful, with many specials not listed on the menu. Ask the waiter for recommendations and you won't be disappointed. This will be a 'go to' place in this neighborhood.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

A wonderful belated anniversary dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. Incredible dinner of paella, churrasco steak and lamb chops with great mojitos and sipping rums. We've been going for years and as always it was a wonderful meal and experience. Our server Ricardo was brand new, but very knowledgeable with a great attitude.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit to Havana. We had eaten there years ago before they moved to the new location. Jorge was a very good server. Everyone we came in contact with were very nice, polite, couldn't do enough for you. Food was great, service exceptional! Very pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I would absolutely recommend Havana NY. I came to the city overnight with a rolling overnight bag and they immediately asked if they could stow my bag in a closet. I was early for the reservation and my friend was a bit late but the staff was not the least bit rude and was extremely patient while I was waiting for my friend.

I had the Camarones Enchilado (shrimp in spicy creole sauce) and my friend has the Camarones al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce). Both were extremely tasty. Both came with your choice of black or red beans or white or yellow rice, but my friend chose to substitute the rice and beans for grilled vegetables.

Overall this was a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for Cuban food in midtown.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Went for family lunch on Sunday at noon. We ordered the ropa vieja with white rice and black beans and the churrasco steak with an extra side of sweet fried plantains. The ropa vieja and the steak were delicious and large portion sizes. The black beans we just average as not as flavorful as we would like. The service was very good and kept our glasses filled. I would recommend

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Almost choked on the calamari in the seafood paella. The skin from the squid was not cleaned off well. It was stuck there and when you chew n swallow it, the stringy skin was close to causing a choke hazard. Extreme caution was exercised to prevent choking.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Authentic and delicious Cuban fare. Beautiful presentation. Attentive service. Highly recommend for visitors seeking ethnic cuisine in NYC.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Horrible service. The place wasn't even crowded. We were busy talking and realized 45 mins the food didn't come. Called him over and he forgot to place our meals. It took an hour for my friend's entree to come and mine did not come at all. He thought only 1 of us ordered and forgot to place my meal. I cancelled it. Her "blackened catfish" $28 was good. Not sure if this was real "catfish" because it looked like a Porgy. It was fried so you can't tell. We also had the crab cake special $18. Food was on point but the price and service was NOT.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Delicious food and fun crowd

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We went specifically for the prix fixe menu listed on their website. I did not see any specific hours or qualifications for the prix fixe menu. The bartender said "oh no, we don't offer that"
We went well out of our way to go there. We had one drink and an appetizer then left!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had lunch and Jay's service was outstanding. I had the set lunch option while my sister ordered the blackened catfish, both were delicious. There was another server , sorry we didn't get his name, but he was also very good. The whole ambiance and experience was superb. Will definitely go back when visiting NYC again. Thank you.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Havana NY has become one of our favorite restaurants despite some negative like slow service from staff but their cuisine is exceptional. Today was a very slow day for them and our waiter was more interested in socializing with peers than taking care of his customers reason why your tip was low sorry but the service needs to improve love your food but get better waiters

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food is pretty good but lacks more depth, sauces are not as flavorful as they should be.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

So glad they opened back up. A neighborhood gem for sure. Maybe not as quiet as you might like when out for dinner, but not terrible.

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