Havana Central At The West End

★★★★☆
  • 2911 Broadway

    New York, NY 10025

    Cross street: Between 113th and 114th Sts.

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  • 212-662-8830

About Havana Central At The West End

Hours
Monday thru Wednesday 11:30 am-10 pm. (Bar closes at 11pm) Thursday 11:30 am-11 pm Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-12 am. (Bar closes at 1 - depending on business) Sunday 11:30 am -10 pm. (Bar closes at 11 pm)
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Good food, happy hour deals, live music and a good lookin crowd.

3
★★★★★

Good food, happy hour deals, live music and a good lookin crowd.

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I love the place more for their live music on display than the food because there is room to dance and definitely is truly a special. I have not seen other locations were you would be eating a cuisine and then go dance to real live music.

3
★★★★★

I love the place more for their live music on display than the food because there is room to dance and definitely is truly a special. I have not seen other locations were you would be eating a cuisine and then go dance to real live music.

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Being there the first time, I was a bit skeptical but as the band started to play, the restaurant came alive with music and become the spot to go. The food is delicious and have creative names for some of their dishes. The food is well prepared and serve hot. Havana Central makes you feel if you were on a tropical island, enjoying the food with live music from the natives!

2
★★★★☆

Being there the first time, I was a bit skeptical but as the band started to play, the restaurant came alive with music and become the spot to go. The food is delicious and have creative names for some of their dishes. The food is well prepared and serve hot. Havana Central makes you feel if you were on a tropical island, enjoying the food with live music from the natives!

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I wanted this place to be great - we live nearby, and paella is my fave! It was just AWFUL! Even my husband, who will eat ANYTHING and love it, did not finish his dinner and said "never again!" The Paella is super salty. The vegetables were so coated in pepper, they were inedible. The "chicken and rice" was really just the paella rice with a few teeny chunks of chicken. The salad cobbano was pretty good.. Just blah food.

The atmosphere is kinda fun though - wouldn't be bad for just drinks, maybe after work. But the dishes we tried were pretty lame..

0
★☆☆☆☆

I wanted this place to be great - we live nearby, and paella is my fave! It was just AWFUL! Even my husband, who will eat ANYTHING and love it, did not finish his dinner and said "never again!" The Paella is super salty. The vegetables were so coated in pepper, they were inedible. The "chicken and rice" was really just the paella rice with a few teeny chunks of chicken. The salad cobbano was pretty good.. Just blah food.

The atmosphere is kinda fun though - wouldn't be bad for just drinks, maybe after work. But the dishes we tried were pretty lame..

Pros: atmosphere is pretty fun for after work drinks

Cons: THE FOOD

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Being new to NYC, my restaurant range here still needs some expanding, but I have probably been here six or more times.

I am in love with the Pernil Asasado, which sometimes can be a little too salty - but hey it is such an guilty pleasure. I also always get the beef empanadas to start which are the best empanadas I have had in NY (though only had at 2 other places).

I usually get, keeping w/ the namesake, a Cuba LIbre but so often my companions get Havana Central's Mojito I am often stealing theirs, along w/ parts of their entree. I'd recommend going during their Happy Hour to lower the drink expense which is overpriced at $10+ per.

One night I caught the live music which was terrific and people danced too. Those nights when packed are fun, though sometimes when fewer people presetn they let the temperature drop too uncomfortably chilly.

2
★★★★☆

Being new to NYC, my restaurant range here still needs some expanding, but I have probably been here six or more times.

I am in love with the Pernil Asasado, which sometimes can be a little too salty - but hey it is such an guilty pleasure. I also always get the beef empanadas to start which are the best empanadas I have had in NY (though only had at 2 other places).

I usually get, keeping w/ the namesake, a Cuba LIbre but so often my companions get Havana Central's Mojito I am often stealing theirs, along w/ parts of their entree. I'd recommend going during their Happy Hour to lower the drink expense which is overpriced at $10+ per.

One night I caught the live music which was terrific and people danced too. Those nights when packed are fun, though sometimes when fewer people presetn they let the temperature drop too uncomfortably chilly.

Pros: Delicious food, good drinks, nice environment

Cons: Non-happy hour drink prices, chilly room temperature

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I have been to all 3 Havana Central's in the city and this by far is the best one! It is spacious and nicely decorated. My friend and I come here all the time. We enjoy either a big plate of arroz con pollo (chicken with rice) or the lighter Cubano (sandwich) for dinner. Their red sangria is smooth and has a definite punch. We feel at home when we come to Havana Central because the staff is so nice and courteous.

One time, they took our leftovers to the back to pack them up but someone had thrown them away on accident. After we waited for a bit, the waitress came out with a big bag of rice and beans to take home. They had freshly cooked them just for us.

The music tends to be a little loud so be prepared... either way, I love havana central. Try out the one in Times Square, it is also very nice!

2
★★★★☆

I have been to all 3 Havana Central's in the city and this by far is the best one! It is spacious and nicely decorated. My friend and I come here all the time. We enjoy either a big plate of arroz con pollo (chicken with rice) or the lighter Cubano (sandwich) for dinner. Their red sangria is smooth and has a definite punch. We feel at home when we come to Havana Central because the staff is so nice and courteous.

One time, they took our leftovers to the back to pack them up but someone had thrown them away on accident. After we waited for a bit, the waitress came out with a big bag of rice and beans to take home. They had freshly cooked them just for us.

The music tends to be a little loud so be prepared... either way, I love havana central. Try out the one in Times Square, it is also very nice!

Pros: Prices, Food, Staff

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havana is overpriced for the quality of food that they offer. the service is just mediocre and the drinks are decent. good place to grab a drink after dinner, they usually play a variety of spanish music and it is quite a lively scene most nights.

2
★★☆☆☆

havana is overpriced for the quality of food that they offer. the service is just mediocre and the drinks are decent. good place to grab a drink after dinner, they usually play a variety of spanish music and it is quite a lively scene most nights.

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I ordered a cobb salad and baked sweet potato over the phone, asked for extra salad dressing. They show up with vegetarian salad. I called to complain. They said they don't offer regular cobb salad even though it was on the web menu. They did offer to make it for me. So, second delivery shows up, correct salad, one dressing which spilled all over the place, and sweet potato fries, not baked. I called to complain, and they said they don't have baked sweet potatoes even though it was on the menu. They offered to resend salad dressing. I've been waiting over one half hour and it hasn't showed up yet.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered a cobb salad and baked sweet potato over the phone, asked for extra salad dressing. They show up with vegetarian salad. I called to complain. They said they don't offer regular cobb salad even though it was on the web menu. They did offer to make it for me. So, second delivery shows up, correct salad, one dressing which spilled all over the place, and sweet potato fries, not baked. I called to complain, and they said they don't have baked sweet potatoes even though it was on the menu. They offered to resend salad dressing. I've been waiting over one half hour and it hasn't showed up yet.

Pros: Great food, great bargain

Cons: horrible ordering and delivery service

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Our family and friends ate at Havana Central for Mothers Day, and it was one of the worst dining experiences we've had in a long time.

While some of the food (Empenadas and Arroz Con Pollo) were very good the rest of the food was luke warm, and poorly prepared. First of all, half of our appetizers never came out. Then, my husband ordered his steak well done and it came out rare. We asked our waitress to fix it, but by the time someone brought it back almost 30 minutes had passed and it wasn't even hot. We ended up paying 25 dollars for a late lukewarm steak.

Throughout the night, we didn't even get good service. Everything was extremely slow. The appetizers we got came to our table without any silverware or plates to eat them with. I also had to go to the bar just to get a glass of water.

Our waitress seemed very nice, but she didn't seem like she knew what she was doing. Other people needed to bring us half of our food (we never even got the desserts we ordered) and she told our friends they could buy a special for 30 dollars that included a seafood salad, a glass of sangria, and a personal picture but then she charged us for both the 30 special and 20 extra for the salad. We never even got the picture

When the manager finally came over, he was extremely rude to us, and tried to tell us we would have to pay for both the salad and the special even though it was our waitresses mistake. Even after he fixed our check, he told us if we came back he would not give us a discount again. We are not the type of people who want to get free food, but we don't expect to pay fifty dollars for something that we were told cost thirty.

Maybe they're not usually this bad, but, we just were not happy. We really had wanted a nice get together, we got a ruined mothers day. We definitely do not plan to go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

Our family and friends ate at Havana Central for Mothers Day, and it was one of the worst dining experiences we've had in a long time.

While some of the food (Empenadas and Arroz Con Pollo) were very good the rest of the food was luke warm, and poorly prepared. First of all, half of our appetizers never came out. Then, my husband ordered his steak well done and it came out rare. We asked our waitress to fix it, but by the time someone brought it back almost 30 minutes had passed and it wasn't even hot. We ended up paying 25 dollars for a late lukewarm steak.

Throughout the night, we didn't even get good service. Everything was extremely slow. The appetizers we got came to our table without any silverware or plates to eat them with. I also had to go to the bar just to get a glass of water.

Our waitress seemed very nice, but she didn't seem like she knew what she was doing. Other people needed to bring us half of our food (we never even got the desserts we ordered) and she told our friends they could buy a special for 30 dollars that included a seafood salad, a glass of sangria, and a personal picture but then she charged us for both the 30 special and 20 extra for the salad. We never even got the picture

When the manager finally came over, he was extremely rude to us, and tried to tell us we would have to pay for both the salad and the special even though it was our waitresses mistake. Even after he fixed our check, he told us if we came back he would not give us a discount again. We are not the type of people who want to get free food, but we don't expect to pay fifty dollars for something that we were told cost thirty.

Maybe they're not usually this bad, but, we just were not happy. We really had wanted a nice get together, we got a ruined mothers day. We definitely do not plan to go back.

Pros: Music, Ambiance, Some of the food

Cons: Service, The rest of the food

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Have to say the food was good...but the place left a bad taste in my mouth when I got my banking statement and realized that even though I left cash on the table for the waitress and wrote "cash" on the tip line my card was charged an additional amount of money for a tip that I did not authorize. I work in the restaurant industry and know that someone took it upon themselves to rip me off. I feel that is extremely dishonest as we took care of our waitress and got robbed in return:( No bueno

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★☆☆☆☆

Have to say the food was good...but the place left a bad taste in my mouth when I got my banking statement and realized that even though I left cash on the table for the waitress and wrote "cash" on the tip line my card was charged an additional amount of money for a tip that I did not authorize. I work in the restaurant industry and know that someone took it upon themselves to rip me off. I feel that is extremely dishonest as we took care of our waitress and got robbed in return:( No bueno

Pros: Good food

Cons: Paid twice for waitress's tip

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The food here is good, and all the drinks are out of this world, but the service leaves something to be desired. Often there is a problem with seating. I have been there over 10 times, and often they have asked us to sit at a tiny table if there are a large number of us, or they won't seat us at all.

3
★★★☆☆

The food here is good, and all the drinks are out of this world, but the service leaves something to be desired. Often there is a problem with seating. I have been there over 10 times, and often they have asked us to sit at a tiny table if there are a large number of us, or they won't seat us at all.

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This place was extremely welcoming and the food reminds me of what mom used to cook and I can't wait to bring her here!

2
★★★★☆

This place was extremely welcoming and the food reminds me of what mom used to cook and I can't wait to bring her here!

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Been coming here for years and always have a good time. The service can be spotty at times but the food is consistently good. Every Saturday evenings, they have a live band play cuban salsa and whether you join the group of regular on the dance floor or choose to watch, it's loads of fun.

The prices are reasonable and well worth the price of admission. If you're into live music, don't miss Saturday nights.

2
★★★★☆

Been coming here for years and always have a good time. The service can be spotty at times but the food is consistently good. Every Saturday evenings, they have a live band play cuban salsa and whether you join the group of regular on the dance floor or choose to watch, it's loads of fun.

The prices are reasonable and well worth the price of admission. If you're into live music, don't miss Saturday nights.

Pros: Menu, menu, menu...

Cons: Inconsistent service

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The mojitos and the appetizers were great. This used to be the West End. It was medium priced and the atmosphere was fun. At the front, there is a huge bar and lots of decoration.

4
★★★★☆

The mojitos and the appetizers were great. This used to be the West End. It was medium priced and the atmosphere was fun. At the front, there is a huge bar and lots of decoration.

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I wrote a review for the other location by mistake! This is the location where we ate. I'm sure the other location is great too, but I will always go to this one because the wait staff was fun and attentive and made our evening. It didn't hurt that the food was sooooooo great. I love Cuban food and this was by far the best Cuban food you can get in New York City. The atmosphere is also great and I felt like I was dining with a Cuban family.

2
★★★★★

I wrote a review for the other location by mistake! This is the location where we ate. I'm sure the other location is great too, but I will always go to this one because the wait staff was fun and attentive and made our evening. It didn't hurt that the food was sooooooo great. I love Cuban food and this was by far the best Cuban food you can get in New York City. The atmosphere is also great and I felt like I was dining with a Cuban family.

Pros: Great Cuban Food!

Cons: A bit crowded.

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I'll be very brief - EAT AT HAVANA CENTRAL!! You will not be disappointed. The food is so tasty. The mojitos are excellent. Value and service are also great.

2
★★★★★

I'll be very brief - EAT AT HAVANA CENTRAL!! You will not be disappointed. The food is so tasty. The mojitos are excellent. Value and service are also great.

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NEVER go w/young kids. We waited for 45 minutes for our meals. When it finally arrived the one of our dishes were completely raw eggs. After our kids lost their patience, our hunger turned into complete spite. The whole experience was HORRIFIC!!

STAY AWAY!

0
★☆☆☆☆

NEVER go w/young kids. We waited for 45 minutes for our meals. When it finally arrived the one of our dishes were completely raw eggs. After our kids lost their patience, our hunger turned into complete spite. The whole experience was HORRIFIC!!

STAY AWAY!

Pros: NONE

Cons: EVERYTHING

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My favorite place for appetizers and mojitos is definetely havana central. i have had some of the main dishes and have always been pleased with them too- my favorite there is the arroz con pollo.

5
★★★★★

My favorite place for appetizers and mojitos is definetely havana central. i have had some of the main dishes and have always been pleased with them too- my favorite there is the arroz con pollo.

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I've gone to this restaurant several times and the service is great. I've had the luck to get the same waitress. She's great and friendly. The food is delicious and they give you a lot for your money. I highly recommend the Paella Valenciana (is what I always get when I go there) and the empanadas. Delicious sangria. Can't wait to go again.

2
★★★★★

I've gone to this restaurant several times and the service is great. I've had the luck to get the same waitress. She's great and friendly. The food is delicious and they give you a lot for your money. I highly recommend the Paella Valenciana (is what I always get when I go there) and the empanadas. Delicious sangria. Can't wait to go again.

Pros: great food, service, drinks, good place to go with a large group of people

Cons: none come to mind

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I love coming to this place for an upbeat atmosphere during the week. The empanadas and nachos are among my favorite here. Recommend for a gathering with friends or coworkers.

2
★★★★☆

I love coming to this place for an upbeat atmosphere during the week. The empanadas and nachos are among my favorite here. Recommend for a gathering with friends or coworkers.

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The food was great and decently priced. Dining room is a bit crowded. The service is okay, it seems they are understaffed and not all wait staff speak excellent English.

2
★★★★☆

The food was great and decently priced. Dining room is a bit crowded. The service is okay, it seems they are understaffed and not all wait staff speak excellent English.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Crowded, Service Okay

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I've been to Havana Central twice now, once for brunch outside and once for dinner indoors. Both times I had a fabulous experience, especially the food and atmosphere. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent, and the place itself had great energy and an overall cool vibe. Given my currently less-than-thick wallet, one of the best parts of the whole experience was the pricing. Dinner for two cost only $24 -- with tip! A great cool place for all.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Havana Central twice now, once for brunch outside and once for dinner indoors. Both times I had a fabulous experience, especially the food and atmosphere. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent, and the place itself had great energy and an overall cool vibe. Given my currently less-than-thick wallet, one of the best parts of the whole experience was the pricing. Dinner for two cost only $24 -- with tip! A great cool place for all.

Pros: service, atmosphere, food, price

Cons: none!

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*We were seated/squeezed inbetween 2 other tables, with less than 1 foot of space between couples.
*The music was very loud. I was constantly raising my voice and asking my date to repeat herself.
*The service was very poor (leaving his name out b/c I don't want anyone to get introuble):
They brought our food before we'd finished appetizers.
They brought the wrong food for our main courses - when we told the server that the order was supposed to be vegitarian, he obviously did not speak english because he tried to serve it 3x before we had to tell him "no quiero."
The server told our waiter that we did not want this food, and the waiter never came over to clairfy, or ask how things were, as waiters normally do, so the whole party waited to eat while we though this salad was being made.
After 20 mintues, 15 of which were spent trying to get our waiters attention, without drink refills, or water, I stood up and waived my hands over my head for 30 seconds before our waiter finally came to our table.
Of course, after 25 minutes, when the rest of my dates meal finally came out, all of the hot food was cold, and we still didn't have drink refills.
As the bus boy cleared our table, I asked him for water, and while he acknowledged my request, he cleaned 2 other tables before I said "agua por favor," and he brought water.

Maybe it was just bad luck, maybe the loud music was hurting communication, maybe when people don't speak english, and someone tells them something in english, they should not guess at what the person is saying, maybe waiters should come over to your table after your food is served and ask if everything is ok. Maybe I'm not sure what the reason was, but we left frustrated and unsatisfied.

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★★☆☆☆

*We were seated/squeezed inbetween 2 other tables, with less than 1 foot of space between couples.
*The music was very loud. I was constantly raising my voice and asking my date to repeat herself.
*The service was very poor (leaving his name out b/c I don't want anyone to get introuble):
They brought our food before we'd finished appetizers.
They brought the wrong food for our main courses - when we told the server that the order was supposed to be vegitarian, he obviously did not speak english because he tried to serve it 3x before we had to tell him "no quiero."
The server told our waiter that we did not want this food, and the waiter never came over to clairfy, or ask how things were, as waiters normally do, so the whole party waited to eat while we though this salad was being made.
After 20 mintues, 15 of which were spent trying to get our waiters attention, without drink refills, or water, I stood up and waived my hands over my head for 30 seconds before our waiter finally came to our table.
Of course, after 25 minutes, when the rest of my dates meal finally came out, all of the hot food was cold, and we still didn't have drink refills.
As the bus boy cleared our table, I asked him for water, and while he acknowledged my request, he cleaned 2 other tables before I said "agua por favor," and he brought water.

Maybe it was just bad luck, maybe the loud music was hurting communication, maybe when people don't speak english, and someone tells them something in english, they should not guess at what the person is saying, maybe waiters should come over to your table after your food is served and ask if everything is ok. Maybe I'm not sure what the reason was, but we left frustrated and unsatisfied.

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