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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Located blocks from the Macy's Parade Route, join Havana Central for a Cuban style Thanksgiving! A $59 prix fixe will be available including traditional Turkey & Cuban specials, plus our regular menu. Visit www.havanacentral.com for more information. Our Cranberry Sangria is a must!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Havana Central Times Square is featuring a New Year's Eve Party with a 4pm and 9pm seating. Please visit our website for more information

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 7172 People Are Saying
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MF
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I've been here many times over the years, the food is good, not great. Depending on what you order, I got the mango glazed salmon and was happy with it. My niece got the shredded beef dish and couldn't eat it - it was so dry and chewy. She felt bad to send it back and kept asking for different sauces to try to make it edible, but nothing helped. The mojitos were delish and the service was on point, our waiter was great. The atmosphere is loud and busy.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A visit to NYC for the day

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and amazing cranberry sangria! Most importantly, my cuban boyfriend has finally found authentic tres leches in NYC!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to this restaurant many times after going to the theater and have always had a great time -- it may be too "touristy" for some people, but we're pretty down-to-earth and don't really enjoy so-called "sophisticated" venues. The restaurant staff are all genuinely nice, friendly people that seem to want everyone to have a good time, and we do. Every time. The food is great and the pitchers of sangria are always a highlight. I could have stood to walk all the way home to Battery Park City on Sunday night after overeating (again) but oh, was it worth it. I haven't made it to Cuba itself yet, but I feel like I'm there -- just a little bit -- every time I come to Havana Central. Thank you to everyone for making every dinner there special!

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Responded 3 days ago

Dorothy, we are beyond pleased you've had a great experience from start to finish. The pitchers of Sangria are definitely a highlight and we are happy we can give you a little taste of Cuba every visit. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Havana Central is a wonderful restaurant for a nice meal for two or a special occasion for a group. The food is delicious and full of the authentic flavors of Cuba. The staff are outstanding in every way: friendly, efficient and caring. The ambiance is great. I love looking at all the magazine covers from 1929 Cuba which adorn the walls. And don’t forget the music - whether recorded or live, it creates the proper mood to accompany your dining experience.

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Responded 3 days ago

Margaret, I am happy you had a wonderful dining experience from the staff to the ambiance. We like that you noticed the magazine covers from Cuba, it's definitely one of our favorite contributes to our ambiance. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The staff is so nice and friendly.
The food is delicious and the mojitos are awesome!

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Responded 2 days ago

Angela thank you for your kind words. See you again soon we hope!

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JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The waiter Carlos was very excellent with his service. Person with great sense of humor. On the order hand, the food wasn’t good enough. My family and I ordered what was suppose to be great food. but instead gave us food with 30 scoops of salt in each individual plate.

SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with my son celebrating his 21st. Carlos our server was first class. He made a real fuss of my son amd enaured a memorable evening of good food, wine and song. Lively, lovely and made great memories. What more could you ask for? Thank you to Carlos , the team at Havana and of course the chef!

JC
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You better make sure you and your party are on time because it was CROWDED! They were nice to give the 15 min grace period and the waitress was great and told us what was a quick dish so we could make the theatre. Food was surprisingly DELICIOUS with great authentic hot sauce. I thought the food would be watered down tourist food....NOT! Great food and AWESOME mojitos! I would recommend. But get there early for pre-theatre..

RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was very crowded and noisy. They should take out 20% of the tables and chairs. I got the tour of Havanna and the meat was just warmer than room temperature. My wife's mango salmon was very good.

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Responded 2 days ago

Robert while we're thrilled your wife loved her salmon we do with your entree impressed more. We do hope that you may consider giving us another shot soon and that we can show you a 5-star time!

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m
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Bad all around. We waited 20 minutes for a waiter to take our order, another 30 for any food to arrive (even the appetizer). Food was mediocre to say nothing of mostly cold when it arrived. I would not recommend to anyone.

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Responded 3 days ago

mmblz, we sincerely apologize for everything that happened from beginning to end. Sending you a private message now.

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MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, it's a nice convenient place for celebrating a co-worker's birthday. Nice touch that they give the birthday guest-of-honor a little fedora to take home.

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Responded 3 days ago

Maria, we love birthdays and we are very happy the birthday guest of honor enjoyed her Fedora to take home. Thank you for dining with us, come back soon. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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W
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice dinner with family. Servers were stressed. Most of the dishes were great. Two of the pork fishes were over-cooked and tough. Noisy downstairs with the bands. Love this place but it was off a bit this night.

DF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! I will definitely be returning.

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I have been coming to Havana Central for over 10 years. The food is always delicious and consistent. However, the past 3 times I have come here we have had the worst service ever. I guess as long as you are going for the food and have low expectations of service, I would recommend it. I won't be taking guests from out of town here any more but if I have the time and want the best empanadas, this is my place.

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Responded on November 12, 2019

Leslie we are so grateful for your loyal patronage but so disheartened to hear how we've let you down as of late. Please allow us to make this right and better yet we will look into each of these points to assure it does not occur again for you or any guest. Talk soon...

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The restaurant seems dirty and old. The plates and glasses were dirty. My son found a lemon pit in his coffee and we found a hair in the food. The restaurant desperately needs an update. The walls need painting and cleaning and the floors were disgusting.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing atmosphere
Staff is great...went well beyond what we expected.
Coming back soon!

E
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a show and wanted a fun dinner. A six minute walk from the theater. Great ambiance and the food was great! Definitely a value for the quality and quantity of food. Can’t wait to go back

EP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I already have lol. Great place. I will visit again soon.

T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not as touristy as I thought it would be, but the vibe was very high. They honored the reservation without a wait. The server, Michael, impressed the boys by getting the orders right without writing anything down. The food was mostly really good.

X
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place is pretty basic the food was okay the drinks were okay. I guess it’s over hyped because of the name and Ofcourse it being in the middle of Times Square

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

We are sorry you feel this way, Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the staff was super!

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambiance. Our server, Ricardo, was the best!!

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Been here 3 times (in 14 years). Food and service have always been EXCELLENT! Ivan was our waiter/server this time. His personality and flair was AMAZING! Professional, fun and entertaining. Love this place! Always a great place!

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Melinda, we are beyond happy you enjoyed ANOTHER great dining experience with us. 14 years is a long time to only dine in 3 times we hope you continue to visit us. Thank you for dining with us! Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food and friendly staff. Main floor seating is a better experience than upstairs.

Q
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner! Everyone had different plates- Ropa Vieja, Empanandas, Pork , Cuban sandwich and Pollo al Ajillo. Every one was very haPpy with their food and the chimichurri sauce is amazing! Our server Carlos was also very helpful explaining drinks and plates and provided excellent service.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

We are happy to see your entire party enjoyed all of the food they ordered. Some traditional favorites definitely do not disappoint. Carlos is a great server and we are happy he helped make your evening a better one. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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N
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rollicking place to celebrate your birthday or just have a great time. Sitting upstairs on the balcony rail gave our foursome a great view of the restaurant and not too close position to the lively band. We feasted on a range of tapas...sharing a bucket of chicharrones de pollo, handmade empanadas, shrimp cerviche, tostones rellenos, mexican street corn and arepa. All downed with a salad and a classic margarita pitcher. Wow. Everything was fabulous.

Ivan, our server, kept our birthday party laughing and brought a delicious candle lit flan to the celebrant. It was a grand party.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

Nancy, first off you chose very yummy tapas for you and party. Classic Margarita pitcher is definitely the way to go when you are dining with friends. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again real soon. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved the food , great service , live band

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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RA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quick. At first they could not locate my reservation but when I confirmed that we booked with Open Table , immediately we were whisked to an opened table and served immediately. The waitress was attentive and concerned about our broadway show appointment. Loved the meal and the service - Thank you for making our 20th Marriage Anniversary special.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

Regino, we are honored you chose to celebrate such a special time with us. There was almost a hiccup in your reservation but we are happy it got resolved fairly quickly. Thank you for dining with us, Happy Anniversary to you both. Come back soon!

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Had we been told that certain items and prices would not be available to us because of the reservation, we would have never stopped in for dinner.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 12, 2019

Michael I'm sorry for any misunderstanding that you experienced. We'd like to learn more about the confusion and sending you a private note now.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was just a horrible experience to the point where after twenty minutes of no service with waiters walking by us just rolling their eyes we had to walk out and go somewhere else. I would understand the delay in service if it were crowded but there were people seated after us who had their order taken within a couple minutes of sitting down.

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Responded on November 12, 2019

This is very upsetting to read as top notch service is something we take great pride in. We'd like to learn more about your visit and are reaching out privately now.

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great ,friendly, buzzing place. Food good and nice service. Live music too. Would recommend.

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Havana central has a great cuban vibe! The food and services was great!

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my husbands birthday with our family.

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent waiter. Service a little slow, but not excessively so. Food was very good, and their preparation of pitcher of Sangria at your table is a show ... and is absolutely delicious. Was there early, and it was not crowded; however, the after show crowd filled it up and then some. I will return.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, we are happy you enjoyed the Tableside Sangria we look forward to seeing you again!

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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Q
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We arrived a little earlier than our reservation and were seated right away. The space does not allow easy flow between tables. The waiter was nice and patient. He recommended appetizers and drinks based on our questions. In addition to our waiter two others came to the table to check on us. That was nice. We ordered the calamari but it was not to our liking so they made us another one.

We were there for a few hours and the waiter seemed okay with that. He did not rush us. There were gnats or something flying around our plates which was a bit unpleasant. We were seated next to a waiters station so it’s possible that was the reason. Still not pleasant or welcomed.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you so much for dining with us and for your feedback. We are very glad to hear our server took good care of your table but we apologize for the issues you experienced. We'd be glad to connect offline if you'd like. Sending a private note now. Thanks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was fast. Server was attentive.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with our friends from England, who’d never had Cuban food. We surprised our daughter with tickets to Wicked there. The food was delicious, as always. The staff knows how deliver quickly before a Broadway show. The pineapple pork was delicious and so was the seafood soup.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 15, 2019

We are happy you and your family enjoyed a wonderful dining experience with us. We love you chose to introduce your friends to Cuban food at our Restaurant! Thank you for dining with us, come back soon on your next Play event!

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