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

  1. La nueva Vic, flor de mayo – tons of Cuban Chinese restaurants are still around especially in that area. Tired of these YouTube food channels promoting their narratives and making stuff up.

  2. Many Chinese came to the Dominican Republic. There are many Dominican/Chinese restaurants all over the city and also on the island 😍
    If you are in NY, definitely go to one of the restaurants. Theres no better fusión food than Chinese and Spanish. Oof now I'm hungry

  3. Cuban Chinese isn't that rare. They are in Cuba.
    There's actually a style of traditional Cantonese Opera sung in Spanish in Havana. There's a movie about it.

  4. O my god, the subtitles are so terrible. Hire someone who's spent time around chinese-americans. At 1:31 'They learned to train when they got here' is clearly 'They learned the trade when they got here.' What the fuck does 'Learned to train when they got here' even supposed to mean? Shame on you

  5. All these great, real food, mom and pop eating places going by the wayside, to make way for crap fast food chains is a absolute shame. The Burger Joint also closed in that neighborhood, and Prime Burger by St. Patricks. This is not a good trend. It's a sign of the new order of things which is killing the small business to make us more dependent on big corporate food giants.

  6. I too face a similar dilemma.
    A paternal ancestor of mine came spoke Flemish (or Frisian?) and descended from Benelux traders living in Persia
    They moved to India when Queen Victoria was crowned Empress of India.
    My great-grandfather used to love eating Flemish and Iranian food in the early 1900s but the family recipes have been lost over time due to us converting to Hinduism and not eating beef, pork and meats.

  7. La Caridad, the Cuban-Chinese restaurant at 2199 Broadway (78th street) was shuttered by the Department of Health this week after an inspector found live roaches and improper sanitary conditions.

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