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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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was attentive, food was great .

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us and sharing your feedback!

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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 a day ago

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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena experiencia

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Gracias!

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SV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

DS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday for my wife!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

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

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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 a day ago

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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan the server was excellent

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

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

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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

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p
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 a day ago

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 6 days ago
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 a day ago

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 a day ago

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 a day ago

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 a day ago

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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LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and ambiance
Waitress was terrific too

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Made a reservation for 8:30 pm. Good thing because the plays was very busy. Food was very good. Wait staff were attentive, informative and friendly. There was a band playing, so, if you're looking for quiet choose another place. If your looking for a fun vibe and good food this id definitely a great choice.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waitress was mediocre and we were almost sitting on top of the table next to us. The fried avocado was sooo salty that we had 3 glasses of water with dinner!! Ehh, not going back there.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Marti we are sorry to hear your experience was a let down. We know we can impress much more and do hope you may consider giving us another try!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There food was amazing. My fiancé had the Cuban sandwich that came with white rice and I had the vaca frita which is shredded beef that’s fried and it came with a cilantro rice and a poached egg on top which I definitely recommend. The waiter Ralfy was very kind and helpful. It was a the best service I’ve ever had at a restaurant

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

We are SO thrilled to hear about your experience. We value Ralfy as well and know he takes great pride in his service. Vaca Frita & Cubanos, great picks! :) Until next time!

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The restaurant is in need of a facelift - it looks run down (bathrooms, tables were wobbly) the restaurant warrants some TLC.
Service was good, food was ok - but nothing was hot? We had a 12:30 reservation - why would the food come out just warm? Value - not really for the food you were getting ...
I would make Havana’s Central a third, perhaps second choice.
I would not make this my number 1 choice for a go to restaurant. You can probably do better else where.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Terry we are very happy to have you dine with us! Thank you for the feedback. Please know we take every comment to heart and will be reviewing this with our team. We hope we can earn your #1 spot next time around!

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s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Drinks and appetizers are awesome here! Triple epanadas espically a good value. Main courses are nothing to write home about, but competently done. It is a little noisy, but service is always quick and cheerful. Good pre -theatre spot

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us! We hope you'll come visit us again soon!

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Z
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place is nice and I loved the music! The food was tasty. I expected it to have a dancing place though.
The worse thing was a waitress who was talking and joking too loud in the next table, but our assigned waitress was really kind.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Thanks for dining with us! We are glad your waitress took great care of you but apologize for the other service issues. We hope to see you again soon!

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O
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Shrimp and Salmon dish was better than expected and would be recommended versus the Paella (regular) dish that was disappointing.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Opal we are so happy you found a dish that wowed you! Now next time we only hope every item ordered is a hit! Thank you.

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to experience authentic cuban food, music, and atmosphere. Ivan was the best.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! Come again soon!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. $6 red sangrias and mojitos. Staff was 10/10. More quiet on Mondays but still popping. Truly a neighborhood gem. Chicken salad + rice w/ shrimp & black beans + sweet plantains = one of my favorite date night dinners out in a while. Thanks again guys!!!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

No, thank YOU for dining with us! We are so happy to have you as one of our valued regulars. See you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I am 100% Cuban. I eat Cuban food almost everyday. The food served in this restaurant is NOT authentic or even comes close to the real deal. This restaurant is NOT worth it. It is way too expensive and the food is very dissatisfying. Literally the only bad food I had during my NYC trip.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

We are sorry to hear your experience was lacking. We take great pride in our homemade flavors but certainly do aim to have those flavors shine on each and every visit. Sounds like we dropped the ball during your meal and we so apologize for that. Please do consider coming back again as we know we can impress.

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MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister’s birthday it was great. She really enjoyed herself

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

We LOVE celebrating birthdays! Thank you for choosing Havana Central to celebrate your sister. Cheers!

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Huge portions, the food and drinks were delicious and a great value for Times Square. Only complaint was how closely the tables were cramped together.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Michele we are so glad you dined with us and thank you for your feedback!

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HA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Havana Central is okay, not amazing. Everything was very average. Service and food wasn't bad but it wasn't anything to write home about. A meal here will suffice, but look elsewhere if you want amazing.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We truly value hearing from our diners. We do wish we wowed you more though and hope you might give us another chance to impress. Cheers!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, the food was terrific, with a lot of nice little touches that came as a pleasant surprise. Secondly, the service was excellent, very attentive to our needs. Can’t say enough about that. Loved the atmosphere and the price was just right.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

This is exactly the type of feedback we love to hear! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and do hope to see you again soon!

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ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food, drinks and ambiance is great 👍.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Emilia thank you for dining with us! Please come back again soon!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (very big portions) and great service. Will go back.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined after Broadway

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hope the show was good! Thank you for dining with us.

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NB
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw Harry Potter on Saturday, 2/1 - part 1 at 2pm, had a great dinner - then part 2 at 7:30pm. We had a great dinner - they sat us at 5pm on the dot, we were done eating by 6:45pm. The food was great - big portions - and service was good, even as it got more crowded. Highly recommended.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on February 10, 2020

We are so happy to have you dine with us mid show! We've heard great things about Harry Potter :) Please come back again soon!

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