Havana Central Times Square

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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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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Diner with bae

JC
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal

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BJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed in the Burrito. It was dry and tasteless. My friends enjoyed their lunch especially the Caesar salads.
The service was fast, as we had theater tickets.
We will keep it on our NYC list of restaurants to visit.

LJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service Brandon was outstanding! Would definitely recommend

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my anniversary. My server Carlos was awesome. Very attentive but not overbearing. Food came out quick and was amazing. Great time and will be visiting again

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Happy Anniversary! We are honored you decided to dine with us for such an incredible moment for you. Thank you for dining with us, we hope to see you again real soon.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Service was speedy

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thank you for dining with us!

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RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we had a later reservation we got there early and were seated right away. The waitress came over 3 minutes later and was so sweet! The food came out on time and was delicious!! Will definitely be back😊

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Rosa, we are very happy to see we left another guest happy. From the service to the delicious food, we look forward to seeing you again for another delicious meal! Thank you for dining with us.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

It was so run down it was a shame. Items on the menu were limited compared to the last time I went. It was dirty and noisy. However the food was good especially the desserts. Waitress was wonderful.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

We are very glad to hear you enjoyed the food & service! We do hope you may return again soon so we can impress all around.

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AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went there to celebrate a friend's birthday and had a GREAT time.

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is fantastic. Our waiter Ivan was OUTSTANDING. We really enjoyed our time here and would've stayed for the live music if we didn't have a show.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Angela, we are thrilled to see we left you with an outstanding experience and hands down everything was fantastic. We look forward to seeing you again for another great dining experience and during our Live Band times.

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CD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not great. Drinks average. Expensive. Pretty much your typical Times Square experience

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Campbell we appreciate your feedback and sorry to hear we did not impress. Our price points are competitive for the market but we do aim to provide top notch food & drink and regret you did not experience that. We do hope you may give us another chance as we know we can impress!

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WH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, Havana Central was and is amazing!! I took a co-worker there for the first time and she loved it!! We totally enjoyed the food and the music had her dancing in her seat!!! This is a great place to dine and celebrate life!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your dining experience with a co-worker. We are very happy we impressed and especially with our live music it's definitely a plus. We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great, entertaining waiter who was funny and responsive/quick.

RE
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food decent service.....we had a reservation and a special table request that wasnt honored....All decent restaurant are overpriced in Manhattan so cost is what was expected. First Cuban restaurant we have eaten at were Plantains didnt come with your meal.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Ron, we look forward to welcoming you back during our Rapid Lunch Menu hours 11am - 4pm where a choice of maduros is an option. Aside that we are happy you had a good dining experience, we hope to see you again real soon.

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot to have some pretty good Spanish food after a Broadway show. The place could use a renovation but it’s tarnished walls adds to its charm and feel of authenticity.

DG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here but friendly staff, food was delicious and our waiter was great!
Little bit noisy however I guess that is called Cuban style.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific, waiter was really nice. Cocktails were expensive but good.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

We are very happy to see the food impressed and the service was really nice. We also have a Happy Hour Monday - Friday between 4pm-7pm with drink specials. We hope to see you soon, Thank you for dining with us!

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IE
Austin
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from Carlos and team! Food was authentically Cuban. Don't let the tourist location turn you away -- it's worth a visit!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, we are thrilled your dining experience was a success. We look forward to seeing you again real soon.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was not great. Our server was a little pushy when it came to purchasing a drink. He made a smart comment when he saw our menu on the table beside ours...The person serving water made sure to keep checking in to make sure our glasses were full. Do not think I will go back again. Complimentary dinner but not worth it. They need to update the phone number. Could not inform them I was running late.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Lucy thanks for your feedback! I apologize as our phone system was done last week but now up and running! We do wish you experienced better service as that is something we take great pride in. We know we can impress much more and do hope you may give us another try in the future. Thank you.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic experience following the Matinee

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG..... I don’t even know what to say. The food was so delicious!!!!! Everything was cooked to perfection!!! The service was always on point! It so happened to be my 40th Birthday and the staff came and sang to me and gave me a complimentary Havana Hat and Flan 🍮 cake!!! I was in Heaven!!!! This place was so superb, that I made another reservation for this weekend!!!! Thank you again!!!!! See you soon!!!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 10, 2019

Stacey, first off Happy birthday! we are honored you decided to celebrate your birthday with us. From all the complimentary perks to your food being delicious. We look forward to seeing you again!

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday. It was a great experience. Thanks again for the service. Food was very delicious.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here, and it’s been great so far. Planning to bring my parents, and siblings here next weekend.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 10, 2019

Luisanna, we are so happy to see you enjoyed your dining experience so much you plan to bring your parents. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again!

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DT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Mojito too sweet. Pernil had no meat, was just a side of fat (not even the good crunchy fat). Rice underdone and beans bland. The service was good and they were attentive to my allergies.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 9, 2019

Danielle thank you for sharing your feedback. We are sorry to hear about these issues. Were you able to talk to your server during your visit and have these items remade? We are always eager for the chance to make things right and leave you satisfied during your visit. Sending you a private note now as well. Thanks.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good the We din not like the Paella, it was to fishi and with too much tomato sauce.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 9, 2019

We are so glad you liked the food! But do wish the paella wowed you more. We do hope to see you again soon so that you can explore more of our signature cuisine!

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jonathan was attentive and had some great suggestions. It was very loud, but the food was delicious and worth a second visit.

EM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, great food, decent prices for time square in New York City! Worth the visit!!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Fun dining experience. Service was very good. Convenient location for the theater.

LW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Charming atmosphere. Marvelous wait staff!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

Lonnie, we are happy to see you had a delicious meal and enjoyed the atmosphere. A marvelous staff is definitely a plus and we look forward to seeing you again for another great dining experience! In the meantime, we invite 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Reservation on point.
Service is quick, in fact way to quick in which you feel servers are rushing you.
Live is good but please balance the noise,microphone and speakers.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

First off we apologize you felt rushed. Due to the location we are in we are use to a fast paced environment especially with a lot of guests dining in for pre-theater food. We would never like you to feel rushed, and we look forward to seeing you again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandon was great. All the staff was helpful. I definitely recommend this restaurant. The Saffron Rice was excellent.

j
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was excellent. Music was LOUD

g
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They kindly obliged our late arrival and served us promptly with kindness so that we made it to our show. The food was fresh and served with a smile. What more can you want?

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

It sounds like your night went great! Fresh pre-theater food and served with a smile, doesn't get better. Thank you for dining with us we look forward to seeing you again real soon!

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

had a great meal here, very tasty food and excellent service.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food the service was great when it came to pay there wasn’t the flexibility of each person paying on there own but guessing how to divide up the check ticket.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

Carlos, we are happy you and your friends enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to seeing you again real soon! Thank you for dining with us. In the meantime, we invite 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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t
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Won’t go back on Sundays limited menu could not order what I wanted

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

Tomm, Sundays is our Rum Punch Brunch from 11am-3pm after 3pm we start our regular dinner menu. We do apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you again.

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TB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the music was really good. Just wish I could have danced at dinner lol

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

Tayler, we are very happy to see you really liked the music. We have to have you come back real soon so you can have a chance to dance next time! In the meantime, we invite 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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LC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated exactly where I wanted to be, in the top level, overlooking the main floor. Our waiter was very friendly, he even sang for us. As always, the food was delicious and the portions generous.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 6, 2019

Lourdes, it looks like the night went exceptionally well we are happy you enjoyed the night from start to finish. Even with a bonus singing from the server. In the meantime, we invite 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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CB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivan was our waiter. What a joy to have him take care of us. Excellent service

AG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very Poor service. Never again and will not recommend you visit unless you want to experience really poor service.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on September 9, 2019

Andre we are sorry to hear our service was not up to par during your visit. Sending you a private note now to learn more.

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