Cafe Habana on the corner of Prince and Elizabeth streets in Nolita cooks up the tastiest Cuban hang-over food in our hood. Cafe Habana is well known as a much loved land-mark cafe in Nolita, having been there for 14 long years. Yes it’s often busy and yes you may have to wait for a table usually about 5 – 10 minutes, however the line moves surprisingly quickly. The food is really cheap, fresh, hot and tasty Cuban food done right. The decor is also trippy, taking you back to the laid back fifties, but its been designed well and feels homey and authentic. I often take a seat at the bar and hang out on my own, without feeling awkward.
Sean Meenan built Café Habana way back in 1998, in an old-school Dominican diner way way way before NoLita the suburb was hip and cool like it is today. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution, Café Habana is a mix of straight-shooter authenticity and nonchalant cool.
Cafe Habana is always serving delicious food and drinks, the kitchen never closes. It’s often frequented by local movie stars and celebs, like Matthew Mcconaughey and his family, along with models and just about all neighborhood hipsters you can imagine.