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About Havana - Alma de Cuba

Tucked in a cozy street corner in the heart of the West Village, Havana Alma de Cuba exudes the warmth and flavor of an authentic Cuban restaurant. The rhythmic palpitations of salsa and merengue, and the extraordinary scents of exotic dishes permeates the air. More Information: info@havananyc.com

94 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

Cross Street:
btw. Bleecker & Bedford Sts.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 242-3800

Website:
http://www.havananyc.com/

Parking Details:
on West 10th St.

Executive Chef:
Gerardo Tlapa

Private Party Facilities:
The Havana Room, available for parties up to 65 guests, is ideal for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, christening and anniversaries.

Additional:
Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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Havana - Alma de Cuba Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.3

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4.3

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Live Music (7)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Nicest staff on the planet, very accommodating unlike open table which requires me to use 50 characters here and waste more of my time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I come here a lot. The staff is always extremely kind, friendly, knowledageble, and helpful. The mojitos are some of the best I've ever had. My server, Ruben, is the man, and always has a smile on his face. Make sure you try the empanadas, the tostones, and the corn - all delicious! Definitely check this place out. There's a reason it's been open for a long time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Havana Alma de Cuba is consistently good, nice atmosphere, great food, and service. I am a "regular" there!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a delight! We've been several times, and went for the New Year's Prix Fixe and were not disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Found it by accident. Great Cuban find. Food and drinks excellent. Staff ver nice. One negative serve dishes to soon. Did more time between dishes

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Live Music, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This little Cuban restaurant has been here for a long time and can always be depended on to serve an excellent meal whether you order fish, meat or a chicken dish. I'm never been disappointed . the staff is also very friendly. Only one thing to caution here is that at times it can get quite noisy.
If you like Cuban food I urge all to come. Once you've had a meal there, yI know you'll come back again.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Definitely a fun place to enjoy some tasty Cuban food. We really liked everything we ordered.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant is a little gem within the West Village that we used Open Table to book following reading the reviews. The place is small, cosy and full of atmosphere. It was my first Cuban restaurant and branched out to try the fantastic menu. The live music and the ambience of the place added to the experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went with a group of 5. The ceviche was fabulous. Super fresh:clean flavors. Drinks were great as well. Have already recommended

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food is very tasty, the service impeccable, the staff friendly.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is amazing. The seating situation is a little tight, but not a big deal. They do such a good job on the shareable, make sure to order a few things besides your entree

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Quiet and spacious outdoor dining area, solid food for a good price, and we got a lovely post-dinner drink on the house. Thought the mojito was too tweet, but it was a fantastic price at happy hour ($6) and I'd go again for sure.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was great rreasonable prices. Service excellent and live music to biot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great garden!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The drinks are amazing! Authentic and strong! Unfortunately the food isn’t on the same level as the drinks. Somewhat bland and basic, not in line with the $2_ price tag.

The ambiance is quite lovely with live music. Lovely outdoor space along with a beautiful mural on the wall.

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

Havana Alma De Cuba is an amazing restaurant. I have been many times and have never left disappointed. The food is awesome, the service is great and the mojitos are flowing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Live Music, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was ok, the guy that seated us was pretty rude.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our first time. Very good appetizers. Good mojitos also
One of our fish entrees had to be returned- an unpleasant smell. All other was good / including black beans
Nice patio !

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful service! Great food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was good, the restaurant is pretty and there was live music that was very nice. However, we were not allowed to share a dish (paella) without a 50% surcharge, which was not stated on the menu. Beware!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Been coming here for a while and I found the food bland. Some of my favorite dishes were flavorless, like the Vaca Frita and the Croquetes.

It was my friends birthday and the restaurant made no effort to make it special, even though they were EMPTY.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice decor and ambiance but the food was surprisingly bland with no flavor, like it was being made for nursing home people, no spice whats so ever; and when I go to a Cuban restaurant I expect some flavor, don't you?

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

After a positive first experience here I left extremely disappointed after coming back and bringing friends. The cocktails are good, but the issues with food and service outweighed the pros. One person had to ask for the 2nd glass of wine they ordered twice more before it finally arrived. We also had to ask for the cocktail menu back twice. When a dish arrived fried (not listed on the menu), my friend commented that he had no idea it was fried, and the waiter's response was totally unacceptable and unhelpful. He ended up just keeping the dish. Some of the entrees were very good, but the salmon had a bit of a fishy taste which you normally don't have in restaurants. The kicker is that we were a party of 6 and the menu states that 20% gratuity will be added. After we left we realized they had added exactly 21%, which is extremely sketchy. Makes me wonder what else they are doing here that's dishonest and I won't be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Entree portions too small otherwise pretty good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It was great I especially enjoyed the live music

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been here several times. Authentic Cuban dishes. Everything tastes like it has come from a treasured family recipe. The mojitos may be the best in NYC. The staff is awesome. We'll go back soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Havana alma de Cuba was amazing as always. I've been going here fairly regularly for five years and their great food and amazing service always keep me
Coming back. Their delicious strong Sangria doesn't hurt either.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Have been eating here and celebrating special occasions here for over 12 years! Made a reservation far in advanced for our 24th wedding anniversary. Wrote a note requesting to be seated in the front main room and indicated it was our anniversary. When we arrived the 2 tables available were next to the cigar roller or the bar that had people sitting & standing less then one foot away from the table that was in front of the kitchen and at the walk through to the garden and back room. As if it could get worse, there was no air condition to be felt in the restaurant on a day that was 89 degrees. My poor husband was literally dripping sweat from his forehead while we were trying to resolve the issues. After no real solution from the restaurant staff other then to sit by the bar with someone on top of me with no air, we decided to leave. Happy Anniversary to us! Never again and it's a shame because we loved this place but the service over the years has declined.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food here was amazing, and there's happy hour until 7! The drinks were delicious and strong.
We ordered the beef empanadas, and chorizo to start. The empanadas were really large and there wasn't excess dough, while the chorizo was lighter. We also got the shredded beef with yuca and guacamole which was great. We topped it off with the churros - they were AMAZING.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

My company sucked

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We went here for my birthday brunch and it was fantastic. Our server was kind and humble and very generous. The food and drinks were amazing and so tasty. I will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was extremely delicious ! And the service up and till the end was ok. The waiter cut our unlimited drinks short by 20 mints. When in any other restaurant waiters fill your cup and notify you is the last one.here he never notified us in top of only refilling our drink once. Because he was talking with his co workers

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

Wonderful food, live music, great staff. Will go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Always consistently delish.
Service always impeccable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Cozy place with live music and good food. Portions weren't large but food was tasty. Service was good. Would certainly visit again.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

When patio was closing, manager didnt come over to tell us. He loudly barked across the room that we could ask for our check. Wait staff also not great. Poor quality drinks too

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Authentic Cuban food. There were three of us dining and we found all entrees to be very good. Bistec Empanizado was nearly how my Cuban wife makes it. The Ropa Vieja and the Moros were the real thing. Highly recommended. There are quite a few Cuban restaurants in the city but nearly none as good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Had a great time for my birthday
there and enjoyed the food and drinks

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Always an excellent place to eat and listen to great authentic music!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was delicious. We went on a Saturday evening and they had live music, which was pleasant. Ambiance was casual and comfortable.

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