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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RI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great place, great food, loud, but it’s Times Square! Just wish they had some booths, there is no private “romantic” seating.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a short stay in NYC and went there twice. Food was excellent! Had a guava margarita which is yummy!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, exquisita cena, Reserve a través de esta aplicación y también excelente. Volvería o recomendaría.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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TB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great but Happy Hour drinks throughout the restaurant wasn’t offered like last time.

AB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value and food

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was handled fast and the seating and waiters were fast and accommodating

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

We are so glad to hear you had a good time! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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i
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chicken in the pineapple chicken was really dry. The Pernil Asado (roast pork) was fantastic. Great monitors!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

So glad you liked the Pernil but we are sorry the Pineapple Chicken was not a wow! Please come back again so we can earn that 5th star, as I know we can!

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KA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The waiter was very pleasant. The ambiance and music was amazing. I will definitely come back.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Well we cannot wait to have you back! Thank you for sharing about your experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was amazing. Food was good. It was just too noisy.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Our live music can be quite boisterous but if you make mention to the host next time we can do our best to seat you upstairs where it's a bit quieter. Thank you.

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MP
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food and ambiance

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind words. Come back again soon!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Luv the food and the mojitos. A great way to celebrate my birthday.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

We are SO happy you chose to celebrate your birthday with us. Come back again soon!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waiter and service was great. Food was also outstanding. We had empanadas, fried shrimp with a mango sauce and Arroz Con Poll.
Table space is a little tight so you are right on top of your neighbors. But overall a great experience

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Mmmm you ordered some real signatures! And so glad you liked the special Mango Shrimp! We look forward to seeing you again next time.

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CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the service, the meal, the drinks and the desserts! We even took more food to-go! Highly recommend!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for your kind recommendation Cristina! We appreciate it.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicate waiting for over an hour with a reservation this busy restaurant off Times Square delivered with food and Ivan’s unique service!

DO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater dinner. Wonderful as always!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for dining with us! We hope your show was great!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If I were to work near, I would pass by for drinks. But since this was a date, the atmosphere wasn’t right. The food was average at best which really disappointed us since we are both Latinos. What really got me upset was the staff hygiene. While I was at the bathroom I saw a staff member washing his hands, and to my surprise, there was no soap. That means that this staff member used the bathroom and did not wash his hands with soap before going out to the restaurant to handle food and beverages.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We are disheartened to read about your experience and will be looking into this right away.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The booth seating need to be replaced. I sunk in the seat when I sat down. Very uncomfortable.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Anael we are very sorry to hear about the seating issue. We are looking into this right away and sending you a private note now to make things right.

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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was attentive, food was great .

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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PA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes excellent food and services was out in 90 minutes.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Patrick we were so happy to have you dine with us. Thank you for your feedback.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Quality and taste of food was horrible. I’ve been there several times in the past but never again. It’s become a tourist trap and not concerned about serving edible food.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

We are disheartened to hear about your recent visit. We assure you top hospitality and delicious, freshly prepared cuisine is indeed our top priority. Sending you a private note now to learn more.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice
For everything
Fun
Food is good
$$ are good

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us and sharing your feedback!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, atmosphere, and something unique. The service wasn’t bad, but not wonderful either. Would recommend as the food is worth it.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for dining with us! Next time we hope to wow you more with our service. We know we can!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena experiencia

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Gracias!

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SV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good as usual. Service was slow as they were quite busy and missing one wait staff. Had Ricardo who was as attentive as he could be. I was celebrating my birthday and we had a good time.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

Sally Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for choosing to celebrate your big day with us. We are sorry to hear we were understaffed that day. We are glad you enjoyed nonetheless and do hope you may visit us again soon.

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DS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday for my wife!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! Happy Birthday to your wife!

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were excellent, however our server Ivan, his knowledge and positive, fun energy and service really made the culinary experience even more so a hugely memorable family event. Thanks Ivan and team !

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Michael we are so glad to have you dine with us and to hear that Ivan took great care of your table. See you again soon!

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan the server was excellent

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! We agree, Ivan rocks!

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

The food was not fully cooked. The waiter ivan he is the bestttt. My family and I literally stood because the waiter was amazing. Thank you ivan

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Wow such kind words about Ivan! We will be sure that he sees your review. We apologize for the mishap with the food but beyond glad you had a good time!

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was average nothing special. Due to its location it is overpriced. Service was good but again average. Wouldn't go again though, there are much better restaurants for the money.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us. We do hope you may consider coming back for another visit as we have so many more menu items to showcase. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day with my Love❤️
We ordered from the Valentine’s Day pre fixed menu . Everything we ordered was delicious. Would definitely come and we highly recommend this restaurant. Are waiter was Jonathan was great .

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

We are so happy you chose to celebrate Valentine's Day with us! Thank you and see you again soon (we hope!)

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Valentines pre-show dinner Friday night. The food, service and energy in the restaurant were all fantastic. The tables for two are rather close, but that just gave us a better look at the other diners and food offerings. I had a large and unbelievably good Pork Shank, plus we shared empanadas which were very tasty. Our waiter was very friendly and there whenever we needed him. Really nice time...and we will be back.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Robert thanks so much for choosing Havana Central for your Valentine's Day celebration. We hope the show was just as good!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Havana Central. We come here for dinner every time we’re in the city. Love the food, the mojitos, and the atmosphere!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Amy we are tickled by your kind words. thank you!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!! We will go again!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 3 days ago

We cannot wait to welcome you back! Thank you!

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p
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We always enjoy dining at Havana Central, although this time slightly less than other times. In a word, service - more later.

The food was fine, as always. We had the Ropa Vieja (braised beef), shrimp al ajillo (garlic sauce) and a couple paellas. All great and highly recommended. The paella is HUGE - probably shareable. They have a good beer selection - draft and bottle.

The atmosphere is festive. A bit noisy when the restaurant gets crowded (which it does!) but you can hear others at your table.

Two of us (party of four) arrived at 4:30 for a 5:00 reservation. We were not allowed to go to our table despite the restaurant being rather empty at that hour. We could have sat at the bar but chose to wait in the foyer. Restaurant's loss - we probably would have ordered beers and an appetizer while waiting for our friends, and been more comfortable.

Service started fine and the server gave very helpful recommendations. By the time we finished our entree the restaurant had gotten much busier. Service slowed. So much that we had to forego dessert and coffee to make it to our theater which had a slightly-early curtain. Too bad - the chocolate cake, tres leches, and cheese tart looked interesting. But we stopped at Ben and Jerry's after theater for ice cream...

We'll be back. And if we have any type of time constraint we will monitor things more closely. Or plan on ice cream!

Very highly recommended.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your kind and honest feedback. We do hope you come again as the Tres Leches is not to miss!

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NT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Came for lunch during work hours to grab a lunch with an old coworker. Was limited on time and noted that to our waiter. Fast forward 45 mins later and we still didn’t have any food, all the tables that came after us was served and our waiter barely checked on us. Turns out he forgot to put our orders in and blamed it on the system. Still had to flag him down for our food which eventually came but again our waiter didnt even come check on us. We had to flag him down yet again to get the check. You would think he would offer a discount our comp a meal but nothing but a lame apology. There are too many restaurants around to settle for bad service.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Nadia thank you for your feedback. We do wish we could have accommodated you quicker and more seamlessly. Sending you a note now to make things right.

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavorful Cuban food - the pork combination plate was delicious - and having Ivan as our waiter provided entertainment as well as a great meal. No matter how busy Havana Central is, they will always get you served and out the door in time for your theatre night. Love love this restaurant!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! We do pride ourselves on our pre (and post) theater dining experience. Hope your show was great!

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LK
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Requested corner/quiet table which was fulfilled. Used my birthday certificate. Enjoyed the sangria, paella valenciana & churros. Took ropa vieja to go since could not even finish paella.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! Happy Birthday!

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to visit as often as I can and, quite frequently, I try to bring my friends so they can try it for themselves. I love the food and the drinks and the service and everything else about this restaurant.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 18, 2020

Moni we are SO lucky to have you as one of our regular guests. Thank you for introducing Havana Central to your friends as well. If you've not experienced our Happy Hour it's a great opportunity for newbies to discover us :)

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