Havana Central Times Square

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Cuban

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Dining at Havana Central transports you to pre-Revolution Cuba, offering swanky décor, live jazz several nights a week, a fun bar atmosphere and most importantly, beloved Cuban recipes. Traditional Cuban cooking is a labor of love: all dishes are prepared fresh daily and made to order, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. Located in the heart of the Big Apple, the team at Havana Central Times Square looks forward to showing you a true taste of Cuba, no passport required.
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Friday, February 14, 2020

What 7331 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly. Food is great . Serve big portions you can share. Empanadas are best !! Love the live music !

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite NYC restaurants! We went for brunch and had a great meal with authentic Cuban music.... love the Havana Mule cocktail !!

PF
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abel was a great waiter!

BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great! Food and music were awesome and our server, Marcos, was fantastic.

BC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent the restaurant was lovely and the price considering it was in Times Square was reasonable and yes we will come again we live in NJ we found out there one in Melo mall by us the oxtails were great rice and beans excellent

G
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Havana Central this month. It’s quickly becoming my favorite New York City restaurant. The food is delicious and the service very friendly. They make great empanadas and during happy hour they’re only a dollar each. We came on a Saturday and we thought we would have brunch but they only have brunch on Sunday. So we were disappointed with that. But the regular menu was wonderful. It can be noisy when they have live music but it was bearable. Large variety of drinks and they were delicious. Especially the rose sangria!!

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great flavors. Good presentation. Service good but on a full night it’s different of course. Good happy warm ambiance. Crowded kinda loud for a meal but it was friday night.

o
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is good, however the hostess and waitstaff need to communicate better.
Yes I visited on a Friday evening and it was crowded, however I was checked-in on my open table reservation by one person. Told to wait, another staff member asked me did I have reservation a d I said yes and later on I receive an email saying I didn’t make my visit.

The food is good and the drinks made up for it :) however staffing left a bad taste in my mouth.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 15 hours ago

Thanks so much for dining with us and glad to hear you enjoyed the food & drinks! We apologize for the mix up with the host stand. We will be sure to take this up with our team so future visits go more smoothly. Thank you.

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T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I would recommend for drinks and a beautiful space. The live music...amazing. I didn’t find the food to have much flavor although the presentation was beautiful. It def wasn’t worth the cost! My food came out cold and I had to have it reheated. The services was amazing though! So all and all I would go back for the drinks and ambiance only.

VR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent. The ambience a bit noisy. Not a big wine collection but the cocktails were good. Surprisingly we found a daily good Malbec at a good price. Overall a good dinner.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service, been going to Havana's for years,!

AJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my son’s birthday. Our server Justine was very friendly and attentive. Our food came very quick. I had arroz con pollo and was delicious. It was a big serving and I took home leftovers. My son and husband both had the penil and they said it was very good. The owner also stopped by our table which was very nice. They also sang happy birthday to my son and they gave him a little white fedora.

AG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Havana Central was perfect for our lunch before going to see a Broadway show. They have a lunch menu, quick service and all the wait service and hostess were accommodating and pleasant.

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with the family before a Broadway show. First time here and very happy. The service was excellent - the food and drinks were tasty. We would come back again if we are in the city!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 4 days ago

Albert, we are honored you would come back to dine with us on your next visit to the city. We are quick and efficient when it comes to grabbing a snack before pre-theater. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was authentic. The price was reasonable. The drinks were very good. I had a guava mojito. The service was very good. This was on a Sunday before a show. I will come again for sure.

CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a nice time at Havana Central with my Sister for my birthday but the Saturday Brunch menu is disappointing, not many of the mouth watering dishes on the menu are available until after 4:00pm, even if you have to wait. The dishes available are tasty but so standard and boring. Drinks and service both really nice. Loved the music though. I will only revisit Havana Central after 4:00 pm when there are more menu choices available.
Thank You

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a group of 7. It was the perfect place for a group our size. There was a live band playing music at the perfect noise level. The portions were large and fairly priced.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Live music was killer!!! Empanadas were delicious. Our server was sweet but service was slow. Overall, I’ll be back for$1 Tuesday happy hour empanadas and anytime the band is playing

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 4 days ago

Jennifer, we now serve $1 Empanadas Monday-Friday between 4pm - 7pm. We look forward to seeing you again for more killer music! Thank you for dining with us!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, festive atmosphere. Friendly, attentive server with good suggestions. Absolutely delicious pineapple chicken.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 4 days ago

Marnie, great choice of entree the Pineapple chicken is definitely a delicious savory dish. We are happy you enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the service! Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again!

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SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Reservations are a must pre-theatre! We had to take an early seating (5:30) and were seated on time!
Our waiter, Ralfy was excellent - very helpful, explained the dishes and made a few recommendations. Cocktails were excellent, and food arrived quickly. We had a mixture of appetizers and entrees. The food was very, very good - although some of the portions were really large! It is a very lively restaurant, with a festive atmosphere. After a 1-1/2 hours, the waiter did say in the most polite way that he really needed the table for other guests. I have never had that occur in a NYC Restaurant -- based on the location and pre-theatre, I get it -- Havana Central is a busy place! I will definitely return, but perhaps after the theatre crowd has gone and the atmosphere is not as rushed. A fun time for all!

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks & atmosphere. I had a wonderful vegetarian dish that I would definitely choose again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

AN
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Live music was an added treat. Our waitress was excellent. Reasonable price for Times Square area. Appetizer sampler was excellent and great value. Plenty for two to share.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 4 days ago

Andrea, we are happy your dining experience went really well! The live music adds a great vibe to the ambiance we are happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for dining with us, come back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Birthday outing

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Food was delicious. Drinks were on point. DEFINITELY WILL BE RETURNING! (I signed up to become a "Havana VIP"!😉)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, customer service, and drinks. I have been here numerous times. The staff and the music are major part as well.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2020

We love that your dining experience went great! From the staff to the music, we like to hear these experiences go smoothly. We look forward to seeing you soon, Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente experiencia

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great and the service was outstanding. Would definitely go there again.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific venue and food.
A bit noisy and the tables/chairs are packed in making it difficult to walk around.

CG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd time we have dined at Havana Central with a large group. Jonathon, our waiter was phenomenal. He was attentive and had a great personality. Dinner was as usual...delicous and the drink selection was great.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2020

Corey, we appreciate the lovely review we are happy you had another delicious meal and drinks! We look forward to seeing you again!

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Me and my friend had a marvelous time and we will definitely be coming back

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The entrée I had was rather dry. I do not think I would order Tour of Havana again.

FE
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Made a reservation and arrived at restaurant and had about a 10minute wait for a seat. Seats are a bit close to one another. However, the drinks and food were phenomenal so it made up for it. Nice staff ad well

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decent food and wait time. Would go again.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight—great food, wonderful music and a truly welcoming staff. Waitperson Ivan makes a fun time even more memorable.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for dining with us!

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M
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broad menu, great food, attentive service staff

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun place, wait staff a bit slow.. forgot we were there! Other than that, it was fine

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I really hate to write a poor review, but as a Latina going to a Hispanic restaurant is supposed to be a big treat: comfort food reminding you off home, etc. Havana Central Times looked really good on paper and the location was excellent. But if a Cuban our any other Latin American Restaurant restaurant can't serve good "tostones' then they have failed. Tostones (fried plantain) is a staple of Hispanic food. They were terrible. The manager was lovely and admitted that their supplier was not the best. She took the fee off the check but that still didn't make up for it somehow - call me a purist. Staff was lovely but the food was mediocre.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 13, 2020

Mercedes thank you so much for dining with us and sharing your feedback. Your note on the tostones really hits home and we'll be looking into this with our supplier. Thank you!

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was quite delicious. I ordered the Chicken and Rice from the regular menu and I had so much leftover to bring home. Service was good.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2020

Patti, great choice we love the Chicken and Rice it's definitely filling great for leftovers! Thank you for coming by and dining with us, come back again!

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service!
Always a favorite when in NYC.

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