Habanero Blues

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175 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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NYC's largest and most popular cantina experience. Located just steps from the Empire State Building or Macy's in Herald Square, Habanero Blues is convenient to all major public transportation

In addition to our restaurant, the main floor seats more than 200 persons and converts to a dance floor some nights to bring out the ambiance of our Mexican Cuisine!

We also have cellar space with pool tables / pool hall, as well arcade games A.K.A. 'the barcade'.

Have the need for an event or party? Reach out to us and we can accommodate all of your needs! We have Mezzanine space that has seating for up to 75 and standing room up to 200. There is also a bar fully stocked and equipped with our finest Tequila, Scotch Whiskies, and Vodkas!
Or you want a more private and intimate space? Our cellar can accommodate 40 seatings and 200 standing room.

Come check us out if you love Authentic Mexican Cuisine!

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ToddL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, service was good. Music was great.

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Evgeniyak
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

The Frozen Margaritas are awesome.

They have a DJ on wed.

Food was very mediocre

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vipAmazingHappyHour
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Great happy hour specials (even at the dining tables).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food was great! It’s nice to find a restaurant that is so vegetarian friendly without being gimmicky. They have a great variety of vegetarian and vegan options and they were delicious!!!

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JavierM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and table service are great except for that one guy who I asked for water and never brought it, then I asked again for some napkins and I had to ask someone else because he didn’t bring it to me either.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was mediocre at best and the margaritas were terrible. We ordered them by the pitcher as we were a large party and the salt was awful which made the drink itself undrinkable. The service was ok but could’ve been better.

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vipHoofer
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Very slow service. 15 mins before we were approached after we were sat.Too loud music for dinner. Apps and meals came at same time ... Before silverware and napkins lol nice try!

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vipindianfoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall, it wasn't ok but I think Habanero Blues thinks it's a club and it's not; it's a sit down restaurant!! (3) requests were made to lower the volume on the music - the music was SO incredibly loud that my party of (5) couldn't hear each other speaking and we had to yell across each other. I'm all for having music in the background and loud enough to hear it but not THAT loud as heard in clubs!! If you want people to return, perhaps get rid of your DJ (who didn't do anything different or special other than just stand there and playing music!) and instead just get a 2-3 hour mixed recording of music suitable for a lively restaurant that you can play repeatedly and control the volume.

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Ming
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome happy hour

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but $7 for an a la carte taco is a little much but other than that it was good

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KeithB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and quick service although that was probably due to the fact that it was a very quiet night.

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vipNyNy212
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a little slow but it was crowded. Otherwise good food and atmosphere for groups.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Baja fish tacos were very fresh and flavorful. Super loud.

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whereism
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation for 12 on open table. Called and confirmed the reservation the day of. Arrived for the reservation, they said they didn't have it. Manager was absolutely horrible and barely accommodated us, begrudgingly, despite the fact we were buying both food and drinks for 12 people. Server brought the wrong drinks a couple times. Food was fine, nothing special. Music was way too loud, no one could have a conversation. THEN I get an email from OpenTable that I didn't show up for the reservation. I was LIVID because it was the restaurant that said they didn't have it and didn't know who confirmed it. Open Table fixed it on their end but this restaurant is incredibly poorly managed. It has so much potential to be a fun place but all it is now is mediocre food and terrible service.

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vipPriK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was phenomenal and super attentive to all of our every needs! Can’t wait to come back there again.

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CarrieD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Music was incredibly too loud
Overcharged for dinner, had to spend time arguing with server
Quest dip is just Orange cheese sauce

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great spot, amazingly helpful when I left something at the restaurant.

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vipkitty
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Reasonably good Mexican food in very convenient area.

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DianaC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for dinner and not overly impressed.
The food was okay- they were out of avocado fries at the start of the dinner shift, and my salad was comprised of dried-out pieces of chicken, along with other ingredients.
The tacos were described as “okay” but not crave-able or a dish that would be ordered again.
All the TVs tuned to sports just made it feel like a sports bar which happened to have Mexican decor and food choices.
Overall, fairly lackluster and if we are spending as much as we did, we want “wow” and memorable, rather than just okay.

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vipshepvill
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was decent and came out quickly, service was a bit lacking servers should check on their guests a lite more often other than that the experience was decent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

A group of 7 women met for dinner. We ordered drinks and appetizers to share before ordering dinner. We were provided with a few forks and plates. We had to ask for knives and napkins. When a drink was finished the glass promptly disappeared with no offer for another drink. For dinner we ordered 7 entrees, one was a salad. 6 entrees arrived, the salad was missing. We had to find the waitress to ask about the missing salad. After a bit of confusing conversation they said it would be right out. No one else started their meal, because that’s just the right thing. It took 20 minutes for the SALAD to arrive. We were told it was because they had to cook the corn. The waitress was unphased by the 20 minute delay, did not understand why we were annoyed that we now had 6 cold meals and one hot salad, and offered NOTHING to compensate.

Overall the food was average, not good nor bad. Typical for the neighborhood and price point. The service was terrible! They are clearly not trained in common server tasks and disappear and reappear in groups. They walk around like deer in headlights.

Dine at your own risk!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Great time

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johnf
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Place is good for a meal where you do not need to impress someone. Had the fish taco which were good tasting, but cut the fish smaller. My friend had the taco salad which was disappointing. the taco salad at wendy is better.

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Jhontoberal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The location is great. The staff very friendly food its ok. They just need to be more specific in some menu items. And a litle more training. But this place is really good and we had a really good time. and the drinks...oh the drinks are fantastic!!!!

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DianeS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little find. Had been on an all day nyc shopping trip w my 2 teenagers and we were starving. Concerned we wouldn't find a place to eat on a Friday at 730pm with good food, service and ambiance until stumbled upon Habaneros. Tacos and enchiladas were amazing! Great Margarita for mom as well 😊

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Tene
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Orjrishudjfjcocijfjeuhe
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots! Drinks are great and reasonable, food is delicious! It’s is a fun lively atmosphere - just for after-work happy hour!

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allyW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

A great lively place for after work spot! The drinks tasted better than the food, I had the chicken tacos and guac for the appetizer. If you want good food, don't come here.

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LissaL
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly wait staff, delicious food and margaritas. It was a nice dinner on a rainy night, well situated.

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MindyC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great atmosphere . I keep going back ang bringing new people. Great place to watch a game too

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MaineDiner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Chose the restaurant because of the wide selection of ceviche on the online menu. Turns out they took the ceviches off the menu sometime ago. Otherwise standard and unremarkable Tex mex food. Oddly, they put radishes in their chicken nachos and fish tacos. Really poor choice.

Noisy sports bar scene. The food was okay, nothing remarkable. I would not go back. They need to have an updated menu online.

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JasonK
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Bright clean place but spotty service and a bit pricey for portions and quality.

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DanielleC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waitress completely messed up the order and rather than take the food back to have it prepared as it should have been she just kept asking if everything was ok. Even the manager knew she messed up and made no attempt to fix it. I picked up on something being wrong when the waitress asked if I wanted cilantro, salsa or onions for my tacos. You make things worse for yourself when the customer comes to the realization that you messed up instead of hearing it from you.

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vipKirstyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table for 6 people for my birthday, when I arrived the place was packed. We were 15 minutes early, but I went over to the server and let her know we were there anyway. I should have known then that I wasn’t getting a table, the look of confusion on her face said it all. She told me to wait one minute, walked into the restaurant to see if there was a table, when she came back she completely ignored us. I waited 15 minutes, until my reservation time and walked back over, this time to another server and she did the same thing. From there it was a nightmare of them trying to seat us at 4 seat tables, bar tables and telling us for 20 minutes our table was being cleared.


Unfortunately, we had planned the reservation around our everything’s plans so we had to leave. I waited 35 minutes, 20 after our reservation was for and didn’t get a scrap of food. All in all, I spent my birthday quickly eating fast food because this place doesn’t honor it’s reservations, I would recommend going elsewhere unless you can wait.

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CLARENCEE
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Service and staff were great. Prices for taquilla were off the charts. I would only recommend if someone is stuck in midtown.

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vipfooddrinkreview
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Largely a bar, but unexpectedly tasty food! Had the Nachos (w/ steak) and shrimp & grits - all were delicious. Tables have games (jenga, scrabble, connect 4) which was a nice surprise. Will go back for drinks, and food!

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MichaelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service got our order wrong. Charged us for drinks we didn’t order.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place for a quick bite especially with kids. Games at the tables and an arcade downstairs. It was very loud so
My kids didn’t want to hang out. Otherwise, a nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had fun and food was great!

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AndrewV
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good meal with great service, and the kids enjoyed playing the games at the table.

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Habanero Blues is rated 4.2 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

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