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If all you have is a day in New York, spend it wisely and consume a meal at Café Habana. Yes, you could possibly wait up to an hour for a table and with the cramped quarters you’ll probably be nudging elbows with patrons at the table next to you, but it’s all worth it. Café Habana’s home-cooked mix of Cuban-Mexican fare will keep you coming back. Located in the heart of Soho at the corner of Elizabeth and Prince, this infamous unpretentious eatery lets the food speak for itself.

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When ordering at Café Habana, the Mexican style grilled corn on the cob ($1.75) is a definite must. It’s perfectly sprinkled with chili powder and smothered in cotija cheese. A generous squirt of fresh lime compliments the corns sweet and smokey flavour. Word to the wise, come with non-judgmental folk. Eating grilled corn is a messy affair and I once found kernels in my hair. Don’t ask.

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The sandwiches at Cafe Habana are delicious and the Grilled Steak and Cuban are a few favourites among regulars. I prefer the Fish Sandwich ($7.95) which consists of fried white fish, melted mozzarella, tomato, lettuce, red onions and for that Latin touch, chipolte mayonnaise and black beans.

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