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Havana Central Times Square

4.5
7474 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban

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Indoor dining now available! (25% capacity with social distancing). Outdoor dining also available weather permitting. Order Curbside Take-Out or enjoy Free Contactless Delivery from 16th St to 79th St, East & West Sides.
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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
What 7474 people are saying
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Olaf
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good restaurant with moderate prices. We are coming back

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Responded 2 days ago

Olaf we look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious as always and Ivan our waiter was the highlight of our night. Thanks for a great Thanksgiving!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

We are so glad you dined with us on Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays!

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BrittanyM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday was my first time going to this resturant. I must say, it was a great experience. The food was good, the drinks were the bomb and the service was great as well. I will definitely be going back.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Brittany thank you for the gracious feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the best service you’ll ever receive in NYC, especially at the price. Highly recommend and will obviously be coming back

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the kind feedback! Cheers!

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EveleD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Only problem was we were told to leave but I understand it covid and capacity is 25 percent so they had to seat other people
Food was great and service was good I would go again

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 23, 2020

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit! And thank you for understanding about the new time limit. Due to the limited seating capacity we have to keep tables to a 90 minute time frame when we're busy. Certainly the last thing we want is to make our guests feel rushed but these are interesting times with new standards. Thank you again for understanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service and ambiance was great. I had the garlic shrimp and fish entree with yellow rice and sautéed spinach- absolutely delicious.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 23, 2020

We're so happy you had a nice visit! Cheers!

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Havanaoohnana
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants in Times Sq! Only reason why I will go to Times Sq sometimes - the food never disappoints!

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Responded on November 17, 2020

We love hearing this, thank you! So glad to serve you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for choosing Havana Central for your friend's birthday! Hope you enjoyed!

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MaganJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. So was our server Ivan! Would have returned the next night if we had stayed another night. Will be returning on our next trip for sure

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 10, 2020

Magan thanks for visiting us during your stay! We look forward to seeing you on your next trip!

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dmz75
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some friends and I decided to participate in the recent Taste of Times Square three course promotion and take advantage of the newly launched inside dining. The space is really large with high ceilings and the tables were well spread out and distanced from each other. I could imagine it doubling as a bustling nightclub in more carefree times. The staff was careful to follow current health protocols and we never felt at unnecessary risk. We ordered lunch and my delicious passion fruit margarita (which ended up being on the house!) and first course arrived quite quickly. I started with the corn on the cob, though I did ask that it be cut off for me. It was a good size portion for a starter and it was mixed with cheese and spices. I ordered the guava glazed ribs as an entree which came with a large side of rice and beans. This lunch plate was very robust and looked amazing. It was at once sweet and savory, sticky and satisfying, and completely falling off the bone. For the dessert course, I got the caramel brownie with ice cream which was decadent, gooey and served warm. The server was professional and kind and made our experience feel safe and comfortable. I look forward to returning.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your gracious feedback! We are so pleased you got to enjoy the special prix fixe and that you felt comfortable in our space. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Miechie
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, the experience was great. You can never go wrong with the food and drinks. There was a bit of a wait to order.

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Responded on November 2, 2020

Miechie thanks for dining with us! We aim to serve you quicker next time and look forward to seeing you!

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EdithM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Restaurant is following COVID-19 measures. Place is clean and spaced out.

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Responded on October 27, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! We are so glad you felt comfortable in our space. We take the safety precautions very seriously for both our guests and staff.

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Joseph
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always on point. If you're looking for suggestions, they have an amazing BlackBerry Mojito and the corn is to die for.

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Responded on October 27, 2020

Great picks! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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RaeE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Felt rushed through our dining experience. My friend was still eating and waitress started asking if she wanted to pack up her food while bringing over the to go boxes.

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Responded on October 27, 2020

Rae we are sorry to hear about this! Sending you a private note now. We want all of our guests to feel welcome and at ease during their entire visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun scenery, waiter was a blast and sang and danced to us. Drinks were very good, a little pricey but doable!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 19, 2020

We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you again sometime!

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Mike
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Our waiter Ivan was AWESOME!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 19, 2020

We are so happy you had a good time! Ivan rocks! :)

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vipZennie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great as always (happy hour drinks, food selection, ambiance, cleanliness, etc.) except that the hosts weren't wearing their masks properly, which wasn't exactly a great first impression. I love coming here and will definitely come back, but hoping that all staff members take the pandemic seriously moving forward!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 2, 2020

Chris thanks for dining with us! We take safety very seriously and ensure that all staff members adhere to policy. We are so glad you pointed out this lapse as we will make sure it doesn't happen again! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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RealUpsetCuban
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was extremely expensive compared to many other Cuban restaurants. I was in shock that a ropa vieja meal with a scoop of yellow rice would cost $27. They don’t have a menu for kids and we also spent around $27 on a churrasco for our son. Overall, we spent around $170 on food for 2 adults and 2 children. The night before we had spent around $135 including 18% tip and wine at Olive
Gardens and the food experience was waaaayyy better. Come on guys, $27 for a ropa vieja. It’s simply ridiculous. And I don’t want to even comment about the “Cuban coffee”. Really??? $3 for something I don’t know what it was, certainly, not “Cuban”.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 19, 2020

We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. We'd like to connect with you to make things right. Sending a private note now.

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TwanE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for friends and family to live, love, and laugh. Amazingly attentive staff! I felt safe and comfortable considering our new norm because of the pandemic. Thank youHavana Central!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 19, 2020

We are so happy you and your group enjoyed your visit! We are thrilled to be at your service and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JorgeP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Despite the current circumstances, we had no pleasant service. Food was exceptionally good.

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Responded on October 19, 2020

Jorge thanks for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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HeidyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived we were seated right away, Ivan was the best waiter we could have been assigned. He was attentive, charismatic and friendly. We will absolutely come back to visit Ivan! The food was great as well

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thanks for dining with us and offering feedback Heidy! We are so glad Ivan took great care of you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun the host was nice was seated right away everyone was so nice and enerven

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 6, 2020

We are so glad you had a nice visit! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipRonB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place...so happy to see them open for inside business. Viva Havana!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 5, 2020

Not as happy as we are! Thanks for your support Ron!

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MashaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan was THE BEST server anyone could ever ask for. And as always food was amazing !

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 5, 2020

Masha thanks for the support! We'll be sure to share your feedback with Ivan :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went to lunch with my old boss. It was one of my first times dining out since the pandemic. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The pernil was AMAZING. Thanks to you and your staff!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you for dining with us! We look forward to serving you again.

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Anrod01
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love eating at Havana's and I'm super excited to be the first one to attend it's reopening with minimal seating and COVID19 measures in place indoors. I had a wonderful time and delicious lunch. Everyone was super careful and wore masks and we only took ours off to eat. It was perfect and I would go back. :)

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Responded on October 5, 2020

Thanks for dining with us indoors! We are very excited to be able to offer seating inside now and super glad you enjoyed your experience! Come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was great but I’ve been to Havana before and I know there’s a pandemic but the food and drinks were not good at all. Our pitcher of mojito tasted like juice and our food was so bland. It lacked seasoning and flavor. Neither were worth the price at all. Like I said I’ve been to Havana before, many times and have never felt unsatisfied and disappointed like I did recently. The food and drinks are the one thing they can control during this time and it was not good. Hopefully they get back to their regular standard soon

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 28, 2020

While we are very glad you had good service we are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal. Were you able to bring this to your servers attention? We are more than happy to remake anything or get you something new off the menu. We are sorry it was not a good time but do hope to make things right. Sending you a private note.

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AndreaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very clean with a friendly staff and the waitress was great!!

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Responded on September 21, 2020

Thanks for dining with us Andrea!

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PrettyMe
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service and price. We Had a great time. Staff is amazing! Definitely recommend. We will be back.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 14, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! We look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They dont sanitize tables in between customers, Staff is rude and unprofessional

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 8, 2020

We are sorry to hear about your experience. Sending you a private note now so we can learn more about your visit and make things right.

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vipLocalFoodie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roast pork was fantastic! Thanks for being open in these times.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on August 24, 2020

Thank YOU for supporting us during these times! Glad you enjoyed the Pernil :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I took my mother here for her birthday and we had an amazing time...the food is extremely delicious really good flavor some drinks we ordered like the rum punch wasn't a strong drink l. We switched to shiraz sangria that was much better we got an extra shot too...my only complain was we felt rushed ....the waiters were right there on our backs as soon as a plate was empty and we were taking pictures and they came singing happy birthday...we didn't appreciate that ..overall good food our waitress was helpful and nice definitely recommend this spot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Ivan ! Our hearts went out to this restaurant during this trying time. Ivan worked so hard to make sure our 10th anniversary was magical. We loved the empanadas and chicharrones ! My mojitos were on point!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation/ birthday celebration

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AndreaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, loved the mojitos, loved the service, loved the music! Two words: Vaca Frita! Once you have it, you'll never want to get anything else. Havana Central is right in the heart of Times Square, and it is the best value for your money.

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mitchk
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice for quick lunch before theater. Tasty menu interesting choices

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic latin flavors, nice setting and great background music.
Music level is just right, you can actually have normal conversation.
I've been there many times and I'm never disappointed.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on March 13, 2020

Terry thank you so much for the kind words. Hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was marvelous

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for dining with us! So glad to hear our team took great care of you!

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Havana Central Times Square does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Havana Central Times Square also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 398-7440.

Havana Central Times Square is rated 4.5 stars by 7474 OpenTable diners.

Havana Central Times Square 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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