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Havana Central Times Square

4.3
7442 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
*Please note due to the NYC mandate, all guests 12 years of age & older are now required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to dine indoors with us. Proof of vaccination with photo ID will be required to enter the restaurant. All guests are welcome to dine with us at our outdoor café, no vaccination proof required. Please note outdoors is a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you for understanding.

Real Cuban cooking in a fun & lively setting. Featuring indoor dining, outdoor dining (weather permitting), private parties, catering, take-out and free delivery from 16th St to 79th St, East & West Sides (order through our website!). Outside of the delivery range? Look for us on your favorite 3rd party app too! Reservations are recommended.
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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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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JohnS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I made reservations several weeks in advance yet when we showed up, we were seated in a tiny diner-like booth directly behind the host desk by the entrance. We asked for a table in the mezzanine and we’re told “this is all there is.” We then asked another person who proceeded to seat us were I was staring at a wall with my back to the entire restaurant and directly next to me was cleaning supplies. We then asked a third person who said “sure you can sit in the mezzanine.” This is where you sit when you have reservations. And the food was almost flavorless. The Ropa Vieja was a mound of non-seasoned pulled beef with 2 peppers and an onion slice on top…. Dry, flavorless… just awful. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food eas amazing,service was awesome and music was great. Definitely will be going back

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us. We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipSummi
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a get together with friends,conviently located in the heart of Times Square.

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Responded 2 days ago

Summi, thank you for joining us recently. We hope you will join us again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with friends before a show. Fun atmosphere . Good food.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you and your friends had a great time before your show. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipMarie
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was good, but drinks were small and overpriced

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Responded 2 days ago

Marie, thank you for joining us recently. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and do hope you will give us another chance to wow you, especially with our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My first time eating at this restaurant & everything I ate was delicious. Would definitely go back

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to having you join us again soon!

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CharletteD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really amazing. The churrasco with chimichurri sauce was very flavorful. The drinks were also very good, especially the mojito. Our server was super friendly and energetic. 10/10 would recommend coming here.

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Responded 2 days ago

Charlette, thank you for joining us recently. Great choice on the mojitos and churrasco with chimichurri sauce! We look forward to having you join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host that sat us was super sweet & thoughtful. Four people whom were totaled to attend dinner. Two were super late. However our host was gracious enough to allow us to have a table and order our starters. The venue is very nice with Cuban art work. Our food server was excellent & greeted our late friends with full welcoming. We will go back!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful overall experience! We pride ourselves in our staff - thank you for your very kind words! Cheers!

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KathyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Good food and drinks. The only problem is it can be Noisy at times especially downstairs. I’ve been coming to this restaurant for many years. I’ve brought many people and converted them to Cuban food. Staff has always been nice.

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Responded 2 days ago

Kathy, we are very happy to learn that you recent visit was wonderful! Cheers!

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NHgirl
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great meal at the Times Square Havana Central yesterday. The mojitos and plantains are divine, and the service is cheerfully efficient. I always feel transported to Cuba when I'm there. We love the pollo asada and roasted vegetables but I recommend swapping out the yucca (too bland) for something else. Eating here is always a fun experience for a very reasonable price.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful and fun experience. Great choice on the drinks and food! We strive to make our atmosphere one which transports you to Cuba. We hope you will join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hostess, the waiter AND the manager were so welcoming, friendly and gave us amazing service. My friend and I didn’t realize we had stayed until closing and they were so nice about the situation. They came to let us know that they were already closed in such a friendly manner and we just laughed, thanked them and left with a smile in our faces. We really enjoyed the drinks and food as well. Overall a 5/5 star experience. Thanks again!

- the two ladies upstairs that overstayed their welcome haha

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience and enjoyed your drinks and meal. No worries about overstaying, it's certainly a compliment! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this reunion with my NJ BFF

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Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently with your NJ BFF. We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit with us. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Mojitos were really good
Cubano sandwich could be better, definitely not as good as those we have had in Miami. Something about the pork was a little off…not sure what spices were used to cook it but the flavor dominated the the taste of the overall sandwich

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Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your mojitos - great choice! We do hope you will join us again so that we can wow you next time with your meal choice.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tiny tables were a downside. If you are a two top then you might feel like you are at a kid's table. But food and service made up for it. Had a bulldog margarita and empanadas starter. Not disappointed. Garlic chicken is also delicious.

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Responded 2 days ago

John, Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and drinks - great choices! Cheers!

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RichC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Havana Central twice in a week and enjoyed both dinners greatly. The staff, from the hosts to the servers to the support staff are extremely solicitous without "overacting." Just doing their jobs but doing them well.

The food was uniformly terrific. The app sampler gave us tastes of a wide range of delicious apps. The Camarones al Ajillo (garlic shrimp), Rib & Wing Combo, Ropa Viejo and pretty much every other choice were very satisfying.

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Responded on January 16, 2022

Rich, thank you for joining us recently twice. We are so happy to hear that both experiences were excellent! Great food choices all around! Cheers!

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JennaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was 10/10. Hardly any wait time for food. All servers were excellent

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Responded on January 16, 2022

Jenna, thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful overall experience with our service, wait time and staff. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was cold, small portions, rice was not good, prices a bit much for the food quality, place looks old and not so nice looking, service was good but a bit rush, mucus was good, went for my husband’s birthday he got flan and a fedora for free they sang happy birthday that was nice but I would not go back not pleased with the place!

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Responded on January 16, 2022

First of all, happy birthday to your husband and many more! We are very happy to hear that the complimentary flan, fedora and singing was enjoyed. We are sorry to hear that your meal was not up to par and do hope that you will give us another chance to wow you.

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maribelk
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from the minute you walk in the door you welcomed with smiles the people are wonderful!! The food was incredible, the next time in NYC I will definitely go back!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2022

Maribel, we are very happy to hear that you joined us recently during your NYC visit and we look forward to having you join us again soon! We pride ourselves in our staff and are so happy that you felt the same way. So happy that you enjoyed your meal.

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DinerDave
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place to eat, drink, and enjoy in Times Square. Our waiter, Anthony, was spot on and very accommodating. A little taste of Cuba - affordable and tasty offerings. Nice tropical drink selection!

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Responded on January 16, 2022

Dave, thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience. We appreciate the kind words about Anthony as we pride ourselves in our staff. Great choice on the tropical drink - cheers!

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NataliaS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food for a good price, Nice people and place. We loved.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2022

Natalia, thank you for dining with us recently. We are very happy to hear that you loved your time with us!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. A hostess greeted us as soon as we came in and we were seated right away. We sat upstairs in the mezzanine. Our server and other supporting staff were knowledgeable of the menu and were extremely attentive. Food and drinks came out quickly and everything was delicious.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you had a great time with us. We pride ourselves in our staff.

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KristenH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Havana Central before seeing a show. The service was excellent and the food was tasty. The drinks were a little sweet, but i guess that's to be expected from "fruity cocktails".

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 16, 2022

Kristen, thank you for joining us recently before your show. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your food and service provided to you - that's one of our top priorities. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Havana Central never disappoints.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us recently and having a great experience!

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vipWendyM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place but had not been here in years due to the pandemic. Nice to be back. Best Mojitos of any place I've been and we got them for the Happy Hour price of $7. Food was very good - waiter excellent. Coffee machine was broken which was the only down side.

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Responded on January 10, 2022

Wendy, thank you for joining us again! Great choice on the mojitos. Glad to hear our waiter provided excellent service. We pride ourselves in our staff. Cheers!

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JoseR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was amazing, great food and service recommend 10/10

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 10, 2022

Jose, so happy to hear of your great experience recently. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had reservations and was seated less then 5min. They ask for vaccinations card for every guest over 5. The waiter was very nice and explained everything on menu. I order vaca frita which come with green rice and a fried egg(not Cuban). I’ve order vaca frita from plenty of Cuban restaurant and this is different. The vaca frita was ok( it’s edible). My husband order pernil and come with white rice and black beans. Black bean is a staple Cuban dish and had no flavor. The pernil was ok we had better. The place is very commercial can really say the food has Cuban flavor. My Husband is Cuban and we are very familiar with Cuban dishes.

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Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are sorry to hear that the food was not up to par. We do hope you will give us another chance to wow you.

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JimmyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Many options from the food and drink menus.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 10, 2022

Jimmy, thank you for joining us recently. We are happy to hear you had great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It has changed the food is ok at best and the drinks suck. Our waitress could have been a little more attentive. If you want a delicious and great value try Cuba Restaurant

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Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are sorry to hear that the food and drinks were not up to par and that the waitress was not attentive. We do hope that you will give us another chance to wow you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estuvo genial, el sitio muy chulo y muy animado. La atención de los camareros genial, siempre súper pendientes, nos recomendaron que pedir y todo nos encantó, repetiría sin duda.

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Responded on January 10, 2022

We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience recently. Please join us again soon!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waiter brought a dessert and a sombrero to our birthday girl and sang with the team which was very nice!!
Food was good but could’ve been better at a warmer temperature. I understand they might had customers waiting, bur, the bus boy, although respectful, was annoying to clear the table, enough to make us feel rush to leave.

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. Happy Birthday to the birthday girl! We hope that you will give us another chance to wow you.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a Broadway show

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Very happy to hear that you joined us recently before your Broadway show! We hope to see you again soon!

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Kevin
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic Cuban food w all the energy & colors of that wonderful country & culture. We loved the food and service and friendly place. My wife is from Key West & she felt right at home!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 2, 2022

Kevin, so happy to hear that you had a great visit recently, especially your wife from Key West! Cheers!

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vipCoreyL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The pork was too salty. The tostones had no salt. The chicken was overdone on the sampler. The chimichurri was excellent. The beer selection was underwhelming. Service was very good.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 2, 2022

Corey, thank you for joining us recently. We are sorry to hear to that your food was not up to par. We hope that you'll give us another chance to wow you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for following all Covid-19 protocols. We felt very safe. Service was excellent, dinner yummy (and FAST!), and drinks superb.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are very happy to hear that you felt safe and that you enjoyed your food and drinks! Cheers!

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Mortsview
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family visiting for Christmas and New year. Wanted to walk around Times Square and eat and have drinks.
My ribs were cold, I was excited to try Guava ribs but wasn’t worth the money. The empanadas were good and the Cuban sandwich barely had anything on it. Mostly bread. It was disappointing and I’ve eaten there a few years ago it was better. Now it looks run down and dated.

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are sorry that your recent visit was not up to par. We do hope you'll give us another chance so that we can wow you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

our waitress,Carla was wonderful. I What is impressed that we were able to enjoy happy hour prices on our drinks at the table. Food can probably we had a nice table away from everybody it was a good experience overall.

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We're very happy to hear that Carla took good care of you! Glad to hear it was a good experience!

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NeverlandBondMatt
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An after Christmas Lunch

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for visiting us recently and your great review!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The food was extremely cold, We were sat upstairs where it seemed like there was only one server. Food came out quick but it was cold.

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for joining us recently. We are sorry that your food was not up to par. We hope that you'll give us another chance to wow you.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We used to come here yearly for our Christmas trip. But the last two years have been a disaster. The prices have gone up, the menu has been cut in half, The portion of the meals have gotten smaller, the taste of the food was bland, Steak was dry as well as the Maduros. Drinks were also watered down. Unfortunately this will be the last time we will be eating here. It’s such a sad thing to say as we truly enjoyed the past years. I hope someone of importance will read this and make the necessary changes to bring back the vibrant ambiance it used to have

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Responded on January 2, 2022

Mike, thank you for joining us again this year. We are sorry to hear that you recent visit was not optimal. Our menu has changed over time. We're sending you a private note now to make things right.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

24 de diciembre

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Responded on December 26, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We would love to hear more details regarding your recent visit which did not meet your standards.

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You can order delivery directly from Havana Central Times Square using the Order Online button. Havana Central Times Square also offers delivery in partnership with 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 4.3 stars by 7442 OpenTable diners.

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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