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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AN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Live music was an added treat. Our waitress was excellent. Reasonable price for Times Square area. Appetizer sampler was excellent and great value. Plenty for two to share.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Birthday outing

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Food was delicious. Drinks were on point. DEFINITELY WILL BE RETURNING! (I signed up to become a "Havana VIP"!😉)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, customer service, and drinks. I have been here numerous times. The staff and the music are major part as well.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

We love that your dining experience went great! From the staff to the music, we like to hear these experiences go smoothly. We look forward to seeing you soon, Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente experiencia

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great and the service was outstanding. Would definitely go there again.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific venue and food.
A bit noisy and the tables/chairs are packed in making it difficult to walk around.

RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Me and my friend had a marvelous time and we will definitely be coming back

CG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd time we have dined at Havana Central with a large group. Jonathon, our waiter was phenomenal. He was attentive and had a great personality. Dinner was as usual...delicous and the drink selection was great.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Corey, we appreciate the lovely review we are happy you had another delicious meal and drinks! We look forward to seeing you again!

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K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The entrée I had was rather dry. I do not think I would order Tour of Havana again.

FE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Made a reservation and arrived at restaurant and had about a 10minute wait for a seat. Seats are a bit close to one another. However, the drinks and food were phenomenal so it made up for it. Nice staff ad well

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decent food and wait time. Would go again.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight—great food, wonderful music and a truly welcoming staff. Waitperson Ivan makes a fun time even more memorable.

M
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broad menu, great food, attentive service staff

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun place, wait staff a bit slow.. forgot we were there! Other than that, it was fine

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I really hate to write a poor review, but as a Latina going to a Hispanic restaurant is supposed to be a big treat: comfort food reminding you off home, etc. Havana Central Times looked really good on paper and the location was excellent. But if a Cuban our any other Latin American Restaurant restaurant can't serve good "tostones' then they have failed. Tostones (fried plantain) is a staple of Hispanic food. They were terrible. The manager was lovely and admitted that their supplier was not the best. She took the fee off the check but that still didn't make up for it somehow - call me a purist. Staff was lovely but the food was mediocre.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded 4 days ago

Mercedes thank you so much for dining with us and sharing your feedback. Your note on the tostones really hits home and we'll be looking into this with our supplier. Thank you!

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was quite delicious. I ordered the Chicken and Rice from the regular menu and I had so much leftover to bring home. Service was good.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Patti, great choice we love the Chicken and Rice it's definitely filling great for leftovers! Thank you for coming by and dining with us, come back again!

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service!
Always a favorite when in NYC.

O
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open Table did a great job with the reservation on a busy Saturday night. We were seated immediately. Waiter was prompt and drinks followed soon after. Food was great, ambiance terrific! Would definitely come again.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded a day ago

Liza, Opentable is great for reserving we like that it went smoothly and you were able to be seated immediately! Thank you for dining with us come back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe of the restaurant ! Definitely coming back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

la comida es excelente,, siempre que vamos a NY vamos alla

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice restaurant... greT food at reasonable prices. I will definitely go again

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious as well as the mojitos. Love going here for lunch and dinner.
Happy hour is always fun!
Had a great lunch visit thanks to our waiter Abinael at the NYC times square location.
Thanks for your excellent customer service.

K
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word AMAZING! We celebrated our daughter's 17th birthday and the service, the food, the music was PHENOMENAL!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Did not love their signature vaca Frita. The meat was very hard to eat but their empanadas were delicious

RB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took the family for a night of fun and good food. That’s exactly what we got. They had a live band playing which made the place exciting. The kids had a good time.

G
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Live music 5 evenings a week. It’s a little tight but the food more than makes up for it. Please try the cheese empanadas; SO GOOD. Great Happy Hour specials. Staff very pleasant.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was decent. It was better in the past but the service was not at all what we expected or remembered. It was New Year’s Day so maybe that contributed to things but I definitely expected more.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great!! Food was great and service was excellent

TB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Havana Central was a wonderful departure to our normal Italian or “Famous” places to dine in the city. All 5 of us had a different entree and we were all very pleased to not only eat but make the whole table taste what we ordered! From the appetizers to dessert, everything was delicious. Our waiter, Michael, was fantastic on service. He was quick, personable, patient and helpful! The place isn’t huge, but it’s comfort was perfect! We have a new favorite place in NYC!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan is an asset to your restaurant. Because of him we are booking a reservation here every time we are in NY

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Decent meal after a rough start. Arrogant host demanded to see Open Table confirmation. Never had this happen before. When he took us to our table, slammed menus down and then walked away. After this wait staff and food were ok. Noise level very loud with music, so don’t expect to be able to hold a conversation. Probably will not return.

Havana Central Times Square
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks for your feedback. We so wish you had a warmer welcome but ultimately glad to hear the rest of the night was enjoyable. We do hope you might give us another chance to impress!

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I
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice night in the city

BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was good. Our server, Ivan, was excellent. Very efficient and so much fun !! He made our meal very memorable.

I
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal in the quaint and charming atmosphere. We look forward to returning soon for more Levon!

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We eat here about 5 times a year, because we take train into NYC to see shows and concerts. We always do open table but honestly we always get squeezed in somewhere, they could see my husband has a cane and they always put us upstairs, which is about a dozen steps.

LE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants when I come NYC. I brought my husband this past Saturday we ordered drinks and apps. Our server was wonderful. It was crazy busy and the kitchen “forgot” our order. We had to leave as we were going to a show. The manager and server could not have been more apologetic and although we were quite ready to pay for what we had eaten, they comped us our meal which was totally unnecessary but very much appreciated. We will definitely come back!!!! Amazing Service !!!!!!!

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservations for party of 7 at 5:30, seated on time. Food was served in a timely manner by friendly, helpful server. Empanadas were light and flavorful, garlic chicken and shrimp with yellow rice and beans delicious and not heavy. Joyous atmosphere, lots of happy diners.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food (especially the empanadas)! Great service and table was ready at time of reservation

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