Havana Central

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Havana Central Times Square
Midtown West
This formal Times Square offshoot of the fast-food original in Union Square takes the basic precepts of its forerunner into swankier digs. Solid, reasonably priced renditions of Cuban classics—roast pork, ropa vieja—are whisked to your table in enormous portions with the usual heaps of rice and beans. But it’s best to veer toward less traditional offerings, like a Cuban sandwich stuffed into a crisp empanada and sweet-sticky ribs with ginger and mango. Faux palms and repro posters channel Hemingway’s Havana, as do retro cocktails like the original daiquiri poured over ice. The food may not be worth its own special trip, but as a pretheater option Havana Central makes sense.
Venue name: Havana Central
Address: 151 W 46th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–midnight; Thu–Sat 11am–1am
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, V to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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