Havana Central - Times Square

151 W 46 7 Ave
With a spirited sense of buen gusto, Havana Central presents a portal to Cuba’s golden era, when life on the island paradise was a continuous party. Stepping through the doors, diners enter circa 1950s Havana, where Celia Cruz is singing her latest h... more
With a spirited sense of buen gusto, Havana Central presents a portal to Cuba’s golden era, when life on the island paradise was a continuous party. Stepping through the doors, diners enter circa 1950s Havana, where Celia Cruz is singing her latest hit with the La Sonora Matancera band, where the flavorful food is gently spiced and comfortingly reminiscent of home (no matter where home might be!). The bartender has a refreshing mojito waiting and Ernest Hemingway could walk in any minute and belly up to the bar. An unmistakable celebration of Cuban culture, the food, the music and the people of Havana Central afford patrons a fanciful excursion to the fabled island – an excursion that, in keeping with Cuban tradition, embraces the whole family.

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Hell's Kitchen Description

Havana Central - Times Square is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Known as "Clinton" by the municipal government and devotees of former mayor DeWitt Clinton and as "Hell's Kitchen" by Daredevil and everyone else, this area of Midtown West is currently experiencing rapid (re)development. Spanning roughly from West 34th to 59th Streets and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, it still has a rough-and-tumble character when compared with other more defined neighborhoods in Manhattan. Once a bastion of poor and working-class Irish Americans, over the last decade the neighborhood has undergone tremendous gentrification as a result of its proximity to Midtown's many office buildings. Long-time residents, many of whom enjoyed reasonable rents and decent-sized apartments, are finding that conversion of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments, coupled with the general building boom and strong economy, brought quick change to this formerly sleepy area. Given the strange, even Byzantine zoning regulations in New York, it’s not unusual to see a tiny brownstone, a remnant of another era, adjacent to or near a brand-new high-rise rental or condominium building. While the wholesome new Theater District has resulted in lower crime rates and decreased the area’s quality-of-life problems such as prostitution, urban transformation for some means a loss of the gritty qualities of this neighborhood for others.

While you'll find thousands of new apartments in Hell's Kitchen west of Ninth Avenue, you'll also find dozens of eclectic and interesting restaurants to boot. Some of our favorites include the terrific Daisy May's BBQ on Eleventh Avenue; the German cuisine of Hallo Berlin and nearby Queen of Sheba featuring great Ethiopian cuisine on Tenth Avenue; French patisserie La Bergamote on West 42nd Street; Bali Nusa Indah on Ninth Avenue has intriguing Indonesian dishes; the Film Center Café for high-powered American diner-style dishes; and the many Thai places dotting Ninth Avenue too numerous to mention.

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen include a number of budget places the further west you go such as The 414 Hotel and the Skyline. While there are dozens of hotels on Eighth Avenue and throughout the Theater District on Eighth Avenue and Broadway, Hell's Kitchen enjoys a somewhat more relaxed pace than the frenetic hubbub you'll find just two avenues further east.

Check out the neighborhood's weekly Chelsea-Clinton News, a great local publication that’s been around longer than the former U.S. President’s daughter!

Info

151 W 46 7 Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-7440
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

Cuban

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

LUNCH
Mon-Sun: noon-4pm

DINNER
Mon,Tue,Sun: 4pm-11pm
Wed-Sat: 4pm-1am

BRUNCH
Sun: noon-4pm

@HavanaCentral

May your last bites of 2021 be delicious and dripping with dulce de leche! 🥳 The team at Havana Central thanks you for your continued support and wishes you a very HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR AHEAD! 🎉
https://t.co/mpCyFQXOEY December 31, 2022

Warm up this winter with the Havana Mule. 🔥 Our Cuban spin on the classic cocktail featuring 8 year aged Bacardi Rum, passion fruit, lime & spicy ginger beer! #ThirstyThursday
https://t.co/s1yHZMMHAz January 06, 2022

Today's weather calls for a big bowl of our homemade Asopao de Pollo! 🥣 Chunks of tender chicken, creamy yuca, veggies & rice in a spicy & savory broth. Order a quart to-go:
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Make one of your first bites in 2022 the HANGOVER BURGER! 🍔This beast of a burger is back for this weekend only - featuring our Frita Burger topped with slow roasted pork and a fried egg! 🍳🍴
https://t.co/pdg48h0ki4 January 01, 2022

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