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Havana Central - NJ

4.4
1210 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Open for indoor dining (50% capacity, socially distanced)! We also offer Catering, Curbside Take-Out and Delivery (through 3rd party apps)!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Bring Mom to Havana Central for a Mother's Day fiesta! Featuring our signature Cuban favorites plus drink & food specials including our famous Coconut Shrimp! Reservations highly recommended. Staying in? Treat mom and the family to a Cuban Family Bundle to-go.

What 1210 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great, drinks excellent, food tasty

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EvelynJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night was amazing, The food was absolutely delicious! We recommend the Boracho Drink for two. You won’t be disappointed. Our server Ada was great! She was an absolute pleasure. We’re definitely going back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 4 days ago

Evelyn we are SO happy that you enjoyed your visit! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service as always

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 4 days ago

Fabulous to hear! We look forward to seeing you again sometime.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We’ve eaten at Havana central many times before . But this visit was such a disappointment . The food was ok, not as good as before. But the dessert was terrible . Never had such bad Tres Leches !! And we were so excited about it because it was always so good there . The server told us the bakery they “order” from changed! The churros were bad too.
We were very dissatisfied and disappointed with the food overall.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 4 days ago

We are so glad that you dined with us again but very sorry to hear about the disappointing dishes. We are actually in the process of changing our Tres Leches bakery now but the churros are made in house and certainly we are sorry to hear they were not up to par. Were you able to send these items back and speak with a manager? It's our pleasure to change any dish that is not to our guests' liking. Sending you a private note now.

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vipKarS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The staff seems like they were new. They didn’t know what table to put us at, which wasn’t clean. We were on the outdoor-ish terrace with the windows closed but the ceiling fans on. While all the indoor tables were socially distanced, they packed the terrace. With the fan running, the barriers between the tables (which were close) were ineffective. If I wasn’t vaccinated, I would have left.

The wrong food was brought to our table twice, and our food was taken to the wrong table once. We were asked if we wanted fresh because the other patrons touched it. I would have thought that was a given. Been to Havana in NYC many times, this was disappointing.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 29, 2021

We are so sorry to read about your latest experience. Certainly these issues should not have happened. Per the NJ Dept of Health if we have partitions up then the 6 foot rule is not enforced. That said we absolutely wish you were sat at more comfortable table and truly apologize that you did not feel safe with the fans. We've taken every step since the pandemic started to keep our staff & guests safe and will be reviewing this feedback with our team. Sending you a private note now.

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NarminaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Service was very slow. Took over 1:30 hours to get our entrees.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 26, 2021

Narmina we are sorry to hear about the service issues during your meal. There are circumstances that sometimes lead to a slight delay but 1.5 hours is certainly too long! Please accept our apologies. Sending you a private note now.

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Nektarios1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. I wish that they would bring back the old menu.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for your feedback! Which items are you missing the most? We are always re-evaluating which star items might need to make a comeback.

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Naomoto
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first ever time at Havana Central. It was absolutely outstanding!! The food was amazing!! And our waitress was incredible. Highly recommend!! We will definitely be going back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 26, 2021

We are so grateful you gave us a try! Sounds like you had a lovely visit. We appreciate the kind feedback and look forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice ambiance, great service and the food was phenomenal.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad you had a nice visit!

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vipPattyG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deon was amazing.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

We are happy to hear Deon took good care of your table! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ReginaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! My wife and i visited their New York location and was so impressed we had to go to the Jersey location. We was not disappointed the staff food everything DELICIOUS. It was worth the 2 hour drive from Maryland

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Regina this is fabulous! Thanks so much for returning to dine with us in NJ! It pleases us to hear each visit has been impressive.

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ChristinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and service was great. They made my birthday great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Happy Birthday Christina! We are so glad you chose to celebrate with us!

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vipMigelutz
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food large servings
Had plenty and bright some home

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

It pleases us to hear you had a tasty visit! Leftovers make a night out even better!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another Birthday dinner

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating at Havana Central!

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AWats
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was fantastic! Food was great. Clean, quiet, pleasant atmosphere.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We are happy your service was excellent1

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Cubanachachacha
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Havana Central is my favorite restaurant!!! The food is always fabulous, the atmosphere is wonderful with that Caribbean vibe. Since Covid-19 has been part of our new normal, they are doing a wonderful job at maintaining safety and safe distancing. I highly recommend it Havana Central!!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

We are so glad to hear you feel comfortable in our space. We take the Covid-19 precautions very seriously and aim to keep things as safe as possible for our guests and staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant itself was very nice and spacious, social distance was not a problem. Sophia, our waitress was outstanding and attentive. The food was ok, we had The churrascos, they were lacking that Cuban seasoning, but other than that, not bad. Salmon was good, mango sauce, not good. Jerk wings were really good, empanadas were good as well. Overall it was a nice experience and will be returning.
If you’re a picky eater, like myself, skip that mango chutney sauce that they put on their dishes 😉

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks so much for sharing your feedback! It makes us happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! We do wish some of the flavors were more to your liking but absolutely hope you will give some other dishes a try on your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was clean and they took our temperature upon arrival. Our server was excellent. Attentive but not intrusive. And the food and drinks as always were good. The sangria with the Leblon was amazing!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Oh yes our Brazilian sangria is a must try! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Cheers!

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RachelA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. And great social distancing. I felt VERY safe eating here and would come back again.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Rachel it gives us great pleasure to know you felt safe in our space. We take this situation very seriously and aim to keep both our staff and guests safe. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My standing ovation goes to the owner, Jeremy & our server, Maiya! The efforts made by staff to keep everything sanitized, clean & safe made my friend & me very comfortable! The food was excellent as always. But Maiya our sever went above & beyond to recommend the perfect meal AND I have to admit, my friend was having a truly rough day & Maiya could tell. She was not only attentive but consoles my friend in a professional but very compassionate way! The owner came to check on us to be sure we were happy!! Not only did we love our meal but my friend left there feeling lifted up! There is something to say about GREAT service!! I will always come back here! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. They are taking Covid very seriously so I felt very safe. Only problem was that the credit card machine was down but luckily I had cash so I didn’t have to have a written form.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks for dining with us and for being flexible about our payment issues. It was a one time fluke that day but we can imagine it was frustrating for many diners! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My Birthday

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Happy Birthday to YOU!

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Madelyn
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here often and honestly it never disappoints! Today our server and the manager really went above and beyond for our party, it was unexpected but very appreciated.

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Service was great food was bad. No flavor. Was there before and food was great but this time it was a total disappointment

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Brenda we are so sorry to hear about your disappointing visit. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in the mood for Cuban and took the family out. It was fantastic and everyone loved it. Trevor was great!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We will share your praise with Trevor! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Went there the service was horrible. The cleanliness is very bad. When we first got there they didn’t greet us. So I notified the hostess that we had a reservation and she seated us. We ordered some lemonade and the waiter bought us the drinks. And we then ordered another drink. The waiter said that we had to finish the drinks we had at the dinner table in order to bring another one out because they ran out of cups. So i did that he brought another drink and didn’t bother finding the original cup out even thou it was a different drink. When the food comes its cold and old. I could tell it wasn’t fresh and it tasted like crap

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Oh boy! This entire ordeal is not standard for Havana Central we truly do apologize for this being your experience. We would certainly like to make things right. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

It was my friends birthday we arrived on time and we were sat immediately that’s when the problem started. We waited a good 15 minutes before anyone greeted us and when we were greeted we were told to We were being too loud by the manager, but all we were doing was trying to get the attention of the Wait staff. Then we waited another 10 minutes before asking a another server to help us and the server told us I am not your waitress I will get your waitress then another 10 minutes came by before another manager asked how we were doing now we still haven’t received a menu or a drink.

Once we finally ordered the food took a very long time to be delivered I was really upset because I like Havana central, I’ve never had a problem there like this before, it’s sad it has come to this.

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TanishaF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our waitress Tatianna was even better!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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ElanaK
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid restrictions the restaurant was quiet at 1:30p when we arrived. I'm used to this place being crowded and loud as happy hour approaches. I hope the business picks up again!

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Msd4tae
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our Server was Amazing... The food wasn't that great. The Shrimp in the Empanadas was very mushy. It was my daughter's birthday and she said the beef empanadas were great the chicken ones were bland. My food came out so cold that the garlic Sauce was separating. Not the best experience.

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jackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I made reservations for my birthday dinner with my kids and grandson. we waited 10 minutes to be seated. I made it aware to the girls at the front desk that I would need a high chair and they replied with "ok no problem". we were seated and another 10 minutes past and the manager came to our table to tell us in a very loud tone (so everyone heard) to say because of the baby it past there seated capacity. She was rude and not professional at all. we asked if 2 of us can sit in the table behind us. the ONLY reason we decided to stay was because our server was so pleasant and really took the time to calm us down. we decided to stay. I have eaten here before an it was my favorite place to go. when we received our food it was not like it was in the past. never will I return. I work for a company and good customer service is key.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Hey there Jackie! While we do need to enforce State mandated COVID Laws, we do apologize for the miscommunications and demeanors. This sounds like a very troubling and concerning experience you and your guests had this time around. Is there an email address we can use to reach out and make things right?

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DanaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Kitchen seemed a bit slower -guessing because it was Sunday. Spacing was good. Server was exceptionally nice. Food was well seasoned and very tasty. Good value and never disappointed with my meal.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Hey Dana! Thanks for your patience this time around on this visit. We'll make sure to wow you even more on your next visit :)

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V1994
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food was okay and it was a bit expensive. The waiter was nice but it could have been better

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Sounds like we didn't get to "wow" you enough this time around. Is there an email address we can use to reach out and make things right?

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JudithP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was awesome!!!! Food was delicious and service was fast.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Quality Service is our expertise! Hope to have you soon, Judith!

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LaurA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, nice atmosphere...had a really nice time!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thanks for that meaningful feedback, Laura! We're glad we got to shake things up a bit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and it was our first time their my fiancé and I loved it and it was our date night and first time there

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Oh Yea! Anniversary Destination for the WIN! We hope to see you again on memorable occasions soon!

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Marisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good. My coconut mojito wasn’t the best. But the food was good.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Maybe coconut wasn't the flavor for you, but we have 6 other flavors to choose from! Come visit us for another chance ;)

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LaurieM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous!! Drinks so good. Doesn’t disappoint!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

You know what else doesn't disappoint? Feedback from guests like you, Laurie! Thanks for showing us some love!

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vipWilA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. The staff was very attentive

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AntonioW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I love the food. Just with they put chorizo back on the menu! Been going there for a long time. I like the fact that they have promotions. Just went for but one get one free entrée!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 17, 2021

Glad you took advantage of our awesome program, Antonio! Make sure you look out for our VIP Club emails for more special dates!

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FAQs

Havana Central - NJ does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Havana Central - NJ also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 906-5708.

Havana Central - NJ is rated 4.4 stars by 1210 OpenTable diners.

Havana Central - NJ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/havana-central-new-york/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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