I recently went to Havana Central for a quick lunch, trying to benefit from their $12.95 prix-fixe. For that price, you get a main dish with two sides (a choice of maduros, black or red beans, white or yellow rice). I love Cuban food that I find very comforting, so I was excited to see how this would be, especially as the place is close to Times Square and I was wondering if it would be a place where foot traffic is more important than the quality of the food.
It is a fairly big place, with a nice decor supposed to give patrons the impression they are miles away, in Cuba, rather than close to the busy area that is Times Square.
The dish I ordered was the arroz con pollo or saffron rice with chicken.
With it, I chose black beans and maduros (that are plantains):
You may wonder where the chicken was: it was mixed with the rice. I liked it: the rice was flavorful and the chicken, boneless, was perfectly cooked, tasty and not dry at all. I was glad I picked the black beans that were perfect with the rice and loved the added sweetness of the maduros.
I had a nice introductory lunch at Havana Central and would certainly go back to try some other dishes.
Enjoy (I did)!
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