The Last Cuban-Chinese Restaurant in NYC



La Caridad 78 is a restaurant on the corner of 78th Street and Broadway in New York City’s Upper West Side. The name is Spanish, yet the restaurant itself resembles a classic NY Chinese eatery. What’s the deal? Well, thousands of Chinese workers came to Cuba in the 19th and 20th centuries, but fled Havana’s thriving Chinatown when Castro came to power. Some of those folks came to New York. Some of *those* folks started restaurants, and, well, La Caridad 78 has been serving up some of the best Chinese AND Cuban dishes in the city since 1968. It’s a story of perseverance, cultures coming together, and really, really good eats.

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29 thoughts on “The Last Cuban-Chinese Restaurant in NYC”

  1. The last I know are here in Queens. Jackson Heights. Chino-Latino we called them. Cuban Chinese. Junction Blvd off 37th Ave and Roosevelt Ave and 89th street I believe.

  2. There is one in Queens so no this is not the last one , there were many in the Chelsea neighborhood in lower Manhattan in the 1960s-70s not all Latinos live in the south Bronx , Spanish Harlem or the lower east side, many live in Chelsea, mainly Puerto Rican’s .

  3. Wow they used the cuban workers knowdlege on criollo food in order to establish their successful restaurant and once they got the most out of them, the Chinese fired all of them just as to only stay with those of their own race

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