I’ve been to Habana Outpost before—sort of. Actually, I never even went on their property the last time I went. The place was so crowded that the patrons wound up flooding into the neighboring streets of Fort Green. That effectively turned the neighborhood into a mid-day, New York City version of Miami’s South Beach—even if it was just for a couple of hours.
There was no huge crowd of people this time—at least not when I got there. I actually rolled in pretty early, around 1pm. The line was decent and the tables were more or less taken, but it certainly wasn’t the crowd it was the last time I was there. I was there with my girlfriend, and we were meeting some of her friends. They already had a table, allowing us to avoid the seat-dwellers that didn’t look like they were going anywhere for a while.
So what did I have to eat? Even though it was July 4th, I still went with the burrito. Granted, they had hamburgers and hotdogs, but I was told the Burrito there was good so I had to try it. Of course, not unlike most other Mexican food options in New York City, the burrito from Habana Outpost lacked the flavor and kick this Texan expects out of his cuisine. That being said, they do know how to mix a margarita. In fact, their margaritas were right on par with some of the best I’ve had in New York, so I definitely recommend trying one for yourself.
By the time I got my food and was engaged in conversation, Habana Outpost became more and more crowded. The line for food was now out the door, and al fresco eating area that I was sitting in became a mad-grad station for seating. The crowd was becoming very July 4th-ish, as people got drunker, louder and hungrier. It looked like the place was really picking up, and the first few minutes of this up tick turned into some interesting conversations at my table and beyond.
Needless to say, I wasn’t going to spend my entire July 4th sitting down in a fenced in diner, so I did have to cut my trip to Habana Outpost short. My opinion was already formed though: the place is a great venue for meeting people and drinking, but if the burrito speaks for the rest of their food there, Haban Outpost is not so great for eating.