Havana Central Times Square

Havana Central Times Square

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Village Voice and Serious Eats
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    Havana Central Restaurants
    "$1 Empanadas on Tuesdays are a MUST!! From 4-7pm, take..."(5 Tips)
    Lisa L.
    "And to top it off, some romantic live latin jazz for entertainment!"(4 Tips)
    Iris R.
    "Mojito's, salmon, shrimps, tostones, pretty much everything"(57 Tips)
    Smooch Boutique
    "tostones rellenos"(5 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon194 Tips and reviews
  • mojitos
  • Cuban food
  • sangria
  • live latin
  • good for dates
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  • Amy M.heart icon on user image
    Amy MarksApril 20, 2017
    This restaurant is awesome!!!! The food is delicious and fresh. I feel like I am in Miami at one of the best Cuban restaurants. Fantastic and great staff too.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Freda L.heart icon on user image
    Freda LlerenaOctober 8, 2015
    Love the atmosphere. Staff is always wonderful and very helpful, especially the first time I went. The tamales are the best I've tasted and the corn on the cob is great. Stop every time I go to NYC. ♡
  • Laura K.heart icon on user image
    Laura KathDecember 20, 2014
    Live music on the weekends. Amazing food. Churrasco accompanied by the greatest chimichurri in the city is a must try here. Strong but delicious mojitos. And the atmosphere is just wonderful!
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James CJanuary 25, 2019
    Outstanding Cuban food and drinks. Wait staff is friendly, well informed and knowledgeable about the entire menu and drinks. Great recommendations. Prices are average for 42nd street area.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LeeOctober 21, 2012
    The servers are super sweet and helpful, I had to catch a show and food was brought out fast. Food was delicious. And to top it off, some romantic live latin jazz for entertainment! A perfect dinner!
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapDecember 6, 2012
    Surprisingly authentic, and classy joint. Nice live music. Great mojitos - especially the mango, or maracuja. Enjoy!
  • Shadi J.heart icon on user image
    Shadi JanaanAugust 23, 2016
    We tried shrimp and rice, chicken pollo, Cuban sandwich and the Salmon and we loved them all! Also,def try the chicken soup and the churros!
  • ImSo_Brooklynheart icon on user image
    ImSo_BrooklynMay 12, 2015
    Skirt steak! I love the atmosphere. Makes me want to be in Cuba. Love the drinks, margaritas are good. So is the rum! Food is awesome.
  • John P.
    John PerezJune 18, 2015
    Great appys: Lobster Avocado, platano rellenos, taquitos & chicharone de pollo. Great sides: maduros. Tostones were just okay. Mojitos: tasted pina, coco and passion fruit---Coconut was my face!
  • Winnie F.heart icon on user image
    Winnie FranciscoSeptember 30, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Great location to meet up with friends when in the theater district. Fantastic ambience and excellent service. Happy hour drinks and apps are a great deal!
  • Dj M.
    Dj MoeNovember 30, 2011
    Pomegranate mojitos and sangria with live Cuban music on weekends . I feel like your in a scarface movie. Food Is also great. Spinach and cheese empanadas is my favorite!!
  • Charlie T.heart icon on user image
    Charlie TillerJuly 8, 2017
    Very tasty. Got us in & out quick. My burger which was ground beef & chorizo was excellent. My wife had chicken with a pineapple sauce that she really enjoyed.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyOctober 9, 2010
    Staff here is really nice. Drinks are good too. Nice vibe and there are plenty of real Cubans in here. You can tell by their hats :-) Tip: stop pouring scotch in shot glasses. It's just not right.
  • R D.
    R DSeptember 23, 2011
    I'm not a fan of Times Sq but this is my favorite location. Food is GREAT. They don't put the sugar cane sticks in the Mojitos anymore :( I hope they bring it back, it will be more authentic.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BichlerApril 24, 2010
    Had the best lunch meeting at Times Square location today. Staff was accommodating and let us have a working lunch. Did not rush us. Food was incredible of course! Chicken Empanadas are to die for! Read more
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonJanuary 17, 2015
    Food is surprisingly delicious and drinks are quite tasty as well. It can get quite loud, so it may not be the best option for date night
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkAugust 14, 2014
    Mango Salmon was good but it was the Shrimp Mofongo that took me back to Puerto Rico. Go for HH & order a sangria but expect a large loud crowd of people at the bar.
  • Barbara
    BarbaraApril 1, 2014
    Crystal us a fantastic server!! Ask for her - #the empanadas , sangrias and the paella were very very good. We are leaving stuffed
  • Mary Ellen G.
    Mary Ellen GromDecember 5, 2012
    By far the best service in 5 days in NYC! Plantains are divine. Dulce de leche cheesecake is to die for. Sangria goes down fast. A++++++ in my book!
  • Ryanheart icon on user image
    RyanMay 20, 2016
    For being in Times Square the food was actually good. Recommend the vaca frita.
  • amol w.
    amol waishampayanAugust 14, 2012
    Get the Mango salmon. So amazing. Had it 3 times so far.
  • Eva W.heart icon on user image
    Eva WangMay 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Paella is the best any which way! Tried most of the Latin restaurants in the area & this is the freshest with high turnover!
  • medvedev
    medvedevAugust 10, 2018
    I like the Passion Fruit Mojito most. The Coconut Mojito ist also OK. The Staff is quite friendly.
  • Kellie B.heart icon on user image
    Kellie BlackMarch 10, 2020
    The food was excellent. We came based on reviews and were pleased. Large portions...too much food for a reasonable price.
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa LeeseJuly 27, 2013
    Not sure what to get? Order the sampler. Great opportunity to try a little bit of everything. Every item is SO GOOD.
  • Orelywood
    OrelywoodOctober 21, 2012
    Ultimate Mojito quite as good as in The Carribe in Toulouse, France. You should taste it to compare !
  • Eric S.heart icon on user image
    Eric SteinSeptember 28, 2018
    Food was great. Drinks were outstanding. Service was also very good
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 29, 2013
    Halloween drink alert! Bols pumpkin smash liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, rum and ice cream make the Pumpkin Patch-Tini here an obvious pick for late October. $14.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VFebruary 21, 2013
    Stuffed plantain baskets (tostones rellenos) are amazing, esp the ones with shrimp.
  • Angelica C.
    Angelica CookFebruary 16, 2014
    The food is excellent. Order the pernil mofongo. That said, don't put couples up on the balcony in that tiny table with two chairs. Very uncomfortable.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 28, 2013
    Come summer or winter (alcohol induced tropical dreams are a thing, right?) suck down the Super Rum Punch. Worth it whatever the weather.
  • The Tank N.
    The Tank NYCMarch 10, 2012
    We've learned to line up at 4pm to beat the crowd for $1 empanada Tuesdays. Our favorite is the cuban when it's available!
  • Antoinette M.
    Antoinette M.January 5, 2013
    OMG...can you say foodgasim? If you like pork, you must, I repeat, you must get the Braised Pork Shank...to die for!
  • Sonya R.heart icon on user image
    Sonya RobertsMay 2, 2015
    Great apps (chicken, empanadas, queso) was delicious. The drinks were tasty too.
  • Jorge B.
    Jorge BrionesSeptember 12, 2014
    Good food. Great service. If Ivan happens to serve you, you are in for a treat.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 3, 2013
    At $12, their Cubano is a tad pricey for a sandwich, but it's a big one (I couldn't finish mine in one sitting)
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WillmoreFebruary 23, 2020
    The queso fondido (cheese fondue) with Ropa Vieja was delicious
  • Tasos P.
    Tasos PapJuly 31, 2016
    Good food nice cocktails and live cuban music.
  • Becky J.heart icon on user image
    Becky JaggerSeptember 23, 2014
    Live band playing Cuban music. great variety of cocktails, especially the piña cola!!!!
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahJanuary 21, 2015
    Mango mojito are everything. Chew on the sugarcane. It's delicious. Great live music too.
  • Candie W.
    Candie WaterlooMay 30, 2013
    Try the crispy beef - it's out of this world! Great mojitos as well! Would return!
  • S. L.heart icon on user image
    S. L.December 7, 2013
    Great Cuban food and fantastic happy hour deals! $6 margaritas from 4-7.
  • Brandon C.heart icon on user image
    Brandon CifuentesAugust 19, 2015
    Cuban Sandwich is really flavorful. Try the sweet potato fries instead of the regular!
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriAugust 6, 2016
    I celebrated my best friends birthday there and the food was so delicious.
  • Nelson G.
    Nelson GuasAugust 18, 2013
    Great service! Friendly staff! Great food! Place is truly a Cuban Paradise!!
  • Mary Freda
    Mary FredaJuly 16, 2011
    Try and get Ivan as your waiter. He is so much fun! Live Salsa band on Thursday nights. The Sangria is fabulous.
  • Morgan H.heart icon on user image
    Morgan HendrixApril 8, 2013
    This Mojito Snob Highly Recommends the Cocktails and authentic Cuban Music. This place is a MUST.
  • Crystal G.heart icon on user image
    Crystal GohDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the live latin music. Great mojitos - still find the classic the best - and great ribs as well, with meat falling off the bone.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 18, 2011
    Unwind here with live music on weekends and solid drinks. If you're hungry, get the ropa vieja.
  • Paris B.heart icon on user image
    Paris Buttfield-AddisonDecember 9, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in the tourist trap area that is Times Square.
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