Best Cuban Food & Mojitos in NYC

Havana days and nights in NYC
March 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Experience Havana days and nights at these NYC Cuban spots.

Cuba
Cuban · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

Everyone's “Havana great time” at this “high-energy” Village supplier of “authentic” Cuban standards and “heavenly” mojitos “charmingly” served in “funky” Latin digs; live bands, “relatively affordable” tabs and a “cigar-rolling man” lend the proceedings a “vacation” vibe.
Amor Cubano
Cuban · East Harlem · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Giving Miami a run for its money, this “hopping” East Harlem Cuban plates “muy bueno” chow right out of “pre-Castro Havana” , paired with “amazing” mojitos; live music via a “loud band” adds “authenticity” and adds to the “time warp” experience.
Victor's Cafe
Cuban · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

In business since 1963, this Theater District Cuban “doesn't rest on its laurels” , supplying “terrific” food and “fantastic” mojitos in “energetic” environs exuding classic “Havana style” ; “old-world” service and live music boost the “vacation” -like vibe, but be prepared for “noise” and “tourists.”
Coppelia
Cuban · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

An “interesting” spin on a Cuban diner, this “hopping” Chelsea luncheonette slings “accomplished” Pan-Latin comfort chow in “colorful” confines; the “low tabs” , “no-rush atmosphere” and 24/7 open-door policy make it a hit with early risers and “all-nighters” alike.
Café Habana
Mexican · NoLita · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
Habana Outpost
Cuban · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
Havana Central Times Square
Cuban · West 40s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

A “festive” pick for “entertaining friends” , this Midtown Cuban “escape” offers “well-prepared” food and “delicious” drinks in a “tropical” setting where “Desi Arnaz” would feel at home; too bad the “party atmosphere” and “spirited” live music can make for “jet-airplane” noise levels.