Everytime I think of Cafe Habana, i get a big smile on my face. Why?… well, four words “Mexican Style GRILLED CORN” !!!
Fire roasted smokyness on every grain, generously sprinkled with chili powder and cotija cheese. Flex your muscle and squeeze all the juice out of the slices of lime over your corn, trust me, you’ll thank me later.
The corn is always sweet, the chili powder slightly spicy, the mayo/cotija cheese is starting to melt a lil by now, oh so creamy, while it’s saltyness is brought out by the fresh lime juice. One bite into that baby, and all the senses are brought to life again. Sweet, sour, salty, creamy, hot and smoky, by now my tongue is jumping up and down with joy! And being messy or corn grains getting stuck in my teeth is the last thing on my mind.
The restaurant is tiny, but the big flavors makes up for it. The lines could be long at times…just hold on there. I also love the Cafe con leche and Omelette Caribe (eggs, platains and salsa verde) and a side of chorizo for brunch. During dinner I usually get the jicama mango salad, so fresh, crunchy and sweet, with a side order of steak.
Service is friendly and the music is lively and fun. Which is why I go back over and over again.
P.S. Chubby’s RATING:
17 Prince St (at the corner of Elizabeth)