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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was superb. Ellie was our server and she was above excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Our garlic chicken took way too long and arrived cold and way overcooked. Two out of three of us sent it back. The garlic shrimp was delicious but we were rushed and our night was pretty ruined by the time it was all straightened out.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

5 stars ⭐️ I have already recommended to friends and family. Service from entrance to leaving was so friendly , comfy, fun! Loved our balcony view seating , and live music enjoyment. Dance if you want to , people do. Wonderful place for a birthday 🎁 dinner , they sing joyfully while placing a cute hat on your head to keep! Our teen loved it. So pretty a, fun , delicious , warm in the middle of winter cold , books table for a beautifully warm ambiance. Will be back ASAP. 💕✨🎉

PH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went there thinking I was going to have mofongo and the waitress told me they don’t man it on the weekends .. My mouth was watering for it , but I had to instead order something else . I ordered salmon with yuca and it was disappointing to see how little they give you of yuca , smh . I didn’t see it at first and it a a tiny portion under the salmon , wtf !! Any way the waitress Zena was very pleasant and professional. I will visit again and hopefully there will be more yuca

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Patrick, the Mango Salmon is definitely delicious and a great choice! We are happy to see Zena was pleasant and professional. 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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d
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We chose Havana Central for its convenience to show we were seeing on same block. Show was at 7:30 and we had a reservation for 6 pm. We arrived at 5:45 but were told they couldn't take us early. They ended up not seating us until 6:10 and we were concerned about timing. Our waitress Zena was wonderful and very efficient. She saw that our appetizers were brought right away. We had no trouble finishing dinner (appetizers, main courses, dessert) in plenty of time to make the show without feeling rushed.
We all had empanadas (3 beef, 1 chicken). They were good but not exceptional. We had a variety of main courses (2 seafood dishes and 2 beef dishes). Once again, all were good but not exceptional. We shared the dessert platter - 3 very good desserts.
While meal wasn't outstanding, it was perfectly good for a quick pre-theater dinner. We'd recommend it on that basis.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

We are beyond happy we provided you a good dining experience before your show. We get a lot of Pre-theater diners and work hard to make sure you make it to your show on time. Empanadas are definitely a guests favorite and to end it with a Dessert platter couldn't be more perfect. Thank you for dining with us!

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V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The check-in staff are overwhelmed, they could use better training, at the very least, they could smile.
The waiter, Carlos, was great! Very pleasant, tried to anticipate our needs, did not make us feel rushed. Overall a great dinner.

GL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lively venue. Great service. Very busy on Fridays and Weekends. Live music on Fridays. If you are seated on 1st floor near the door it can be very loud.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Weekend

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always great here! We’ve been coming here for years. The margaritas and mojitos are awesome. It is a little tight for space but it’s a fun atmosphere!

HP
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Went to Havana Central fo Thanksgiving. We had reservations but waited about 20 minutes for our table. Once seated we were greeted and placed our drink and dinner orders. We didn't see our waiter again for 40 minutes after that initial encounter. When he came back to our table he gave us the dessert menus and asked us if we would like dessert. I told him we hadn't received our dinner yet and that we wanted to order more drinks. He just walked away and did not ask us what we wanted for drinks. I called a manager over and explained what was happening and he said that he would get our drinks and that they would be on the house. Finally our meal came about an hour into sitting there. When we got the bill the drinks that we were told would be free were on the bill.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Heather first of all we are so grateful you chose to celebrate the holiday with us. That said we are incredibly disheartened to hear about your experience. This is not the type of hospitality we are known for and pride ourselves on. Reaching out to you now to make things right...

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The staff were welcoming and pleasant and the venue itself had a fun energy. The live music is a great touch. Overall a very nice experience. Paella Valencia was awesome for a Thanksgiving dinner

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Michelle, we are beyond happy you had an overall nice experience we love that you enjoyed the Live Music as well! We look forward to seeing you again for another delicious Thanksgiving dinner. 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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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for thanksgiving and it was amazing! I have been to Havana central before and they never disappoint. Great drinks, great food and amazing service!!! Love this place!!!

S
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good alcoholic drinks, excellent service.

L
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great restaurant but very noisy. Recommend before after theater

q
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was AMAZING and we got free bday flan which was awesome. We adored the atmosphere and the decor. However, we felt a bit neglected by our waitress. It took a long time to get water and for her to finally check on our table. A little bit disappointing.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us! We are sorry to hear the service could have been better. We take hospitality very seriously and always want our guests to feel well tended to. We hope you consider dining with us again as we know we can impress much more!

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A
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Cuban typical food choices that may be complemented with a Cuban drink. Service is great, live music is contagious. Appetizers choices are the best.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Abby, the live music is definitely contagious and we are happy you had a great time dining with us for some excellent Cuban food. 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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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I’ve left a bunch of reviews before and they’ve all been super positive. Only concern this time around was that all of the hosts at the front seemed a bit... miserable? Totally understand that at peak hours for dinner it can get hectic and stressful, but it was a strange first impression coming in. Servers though were awesome as always!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

We apologize for the only hiccup in your visit and that was the greeting walking in. As you mentioned you've had super positive reviews and great dining experiences. We love that you continue to come by and enjoy some Cuban cuisine with us. Thank you for dining with us, come back soon!

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on point, food and service

RS
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times before the theatre and it is always delicious and service is great! Nice ambiance too.

A
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Multiple visits. Convenient central mid-town location. Solid Cuban fare. Good service. Will keep returning.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining with us!

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan quinoa bowl! Service was timely and food arrived at right temperature. Nice place for pre show dinner.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Mary, we love the Quinoa Bowl it's definitely a great Vegan option and we are happy you enjoyed it! 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
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, including the drinks. Pretty loud with the live music, but it all contributed to the ambiance.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and vibe! Would come back next time in the city!!

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Tired, oily food served in a beat up, dirty restaurant. My guests said it was the worst meal they had ever had in NYC. Everyone felt vaguely ill afterwards.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

We are known for our fresh and flavorful food so needless to say we are disheartened to read about your experience. We'd like to learn more about your visit so we can make things right. Sending you a private note now. Thank you.

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our food was, simply put, not very good. And arrived cold. We have eaten at Havana Central in Roosevelt Mall — and that was good! So we expected a decent meal. This, instead, was the worst pernil I’ve ever had.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry to hear the food was a let down. We'd like to connect directly to learn more about your visit and make things right. Sending a note note.

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VJ
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food!
Would defo recommend

BR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Good food and decent service, but chaotic and loud. The W 38th location is more intimate and charming.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, definitely shall return.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining with us!

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SC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food wins! Good service and quality. Busy place, a bit noisy but very worthwhile because the food was fantastic.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 5 days ago

Southercraver, we are pleased you enjoyed the food along with the good service and quality. We look forward to your next visit, come back soon!

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A
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
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.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks for your feedback! Please know though it is our pleasure to remake or switch out a dish if it's not to your liking. We'd rather you leave full & satisfied than unhappy with your dish. Next time we hope to impress your niece's taste buds much more!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A visit to NYC for the day

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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!

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 19, 2019

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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NE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the liveliness of this restaurant and good food.

MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 19, 2019

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 on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 20, 2019

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

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 25, 2019

Jason we are so glad Carlos took good care of you but disappointed to hear the food was a let down. Were you able to let Carlos know so he could adjust your dishes? We are more than happy to remake or change your order so that you leave happy & satisfied. That said let us make this up to you...sending a private note now.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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..

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on November 25, 2019

We are so happy you had a good time! Hope to see you again soon!

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