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Posted by AVaz on 02/06/2015
This is a well kept neighborhood secret that locals have been enjoying f0r years. It is a "Chino-Cubano," (Chinese-Cuban) spot that shines in their specialties. Don't come here looking for the best Chicken and Broccoli, or Arroz con Pollo. While they make those respectably those aren't their specialties, for which has kept them in business for so long. You come here for their very tasty Steak Palomilla (Flat steak with Onions), The Juicy Fried Pork Chops or the absolute best seasoned and cooked Chicharones De Pollo Sin Hueso (Boneless Crackling fried Chicken).you will ever eat. Order any of these and YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED! Also of high recommendation are their Arroz Con Calamari, Red or Black Beans, Special House Fried Rice, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, Sesame Chicken, and Egg Drop soup. For dessert their FLAN and Cafe con leche hits the spot. Those items are so Tasty, I never can get myself to stray from them. I've had Lobster here as well, but that was hit (perfect) or miss (sometimes dry), so I stick to the Specialties. Prices are very reasonable for NYC. Being in NYC, The parking in this area can be a real pain. You often have to wait for a parking and snatch it up as someone is leaving. You may find better parking options around the block, but the muni pay meters that print out your parking tickets often don't work. Decor is very outdated, and not a place you take your shabby chic friends for cocktails. Don't let the tired decor stop you from a tasting experience you are not liking going to have tasted before. Especially their Boneless Crackling Chicken! You take anyone that can appreciate a tasty meal regardless of Atmosphere or Decor. It is open late and can get crowded after 8PM. During Holidays this place is always packed. If you can sneak in there before 7PM, you should have zero problems getting seats. Choose anyone of the items I mentioned and you will be coming back for more. I've introduced many of my friends to this place and now many of them became regulars. I live in NJ now, but I still make the effort to visit La Dinastia whenever I get the opportunity.
Posted by r on 04/04/2014
The arroz con pollo is the worst I've ever had. Chinese dishes were passable. Would not pay these prices for this food again.
Posted by UrbanSuburban on 01/26/2014
I've been eating General Tso's Chicken for 20 years in Manhattan - from lower Manhattan to Upper Manhattan (last stop 207th St. on the A train) from river to river. Dinastia has THE BEST General Tso's Chicken - even better than any place in Chinatown. Also, their Rice and Chicken on the Spanish side of the menu is excellent too. I live 140 (one hundred forty) blocks away and I will definitely travel that distance if/when I'm in the mood for General Tso's chicken. And the service is good too. They're not in your face hovering but they are there when you need them. Don't go for the decor, just go to eat.
Posted by RLK on 06/16/2013
Plantation landowners in Cuba brought indentured Chinese servants to work their land in the 19th century, which created a significant Chinese population in Cuba. The two styles of cooking, Cuban and Chinese, slightly influenced each other. They didn't become what we call "fusion", but instead Chinese cooks started cooking the local food alongside their own. You know a place is authentic when the waiter is Chinese yet speaks perfect Spanish! So please do order from this restaurant! Their food is one of the better Chino Latino's I have had in NY. The staff is friendly and committed to their restaurant. And without patronage, places like this will continue to disappear! You should expect full-on Cuban food (compare with eg. Sophies) but approach the Chinese food as a variant of traditional Americanized Cantonese.
Posted by Food Was Great. Very Fresh on 02/10/2013
Food was fresher than some other experiences we had in the neighborhood. Like this place very much. Will be back
Posted by anonymous on 01/02/2013
Good food and friendly staff but ordering delivery with a debit card or credit card is a hassle. You have to show your card to the delivery boy and let him write it on the receipt. Not vert safe in today's world. They have since changed to electronic receipts and still they require you to show your card so the delivery boy can write the full card number on the receipt. Makes zero sense. I now opt to use cash only when I order. NOT convenient.
Posted by Nanci E. on 11/28/2012
This is not "gourmet" food...it is an earthy Spanish/Chinese restaurant at affordable prices & it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Normal, working class people frequent it. It has an "A" rating which is more than can be said for a lot of the more upscale ethnic restaurants in this UWS neighborhood. They even make a great cappuccino to order for you. This past Sunday, I had shrimp w/lobster sauce combo lunch because they ran out of shredded beef. On Monday, I went infor my shredded beef lunch. I had them hold the rice, but had lettuce & tomato which came with it, ordered a wel done, crispy egg roll, flan & espresso and a diet coke. The meal came to $14.15, I left a $3 tip. In a lot of restaurants that have "Grade Pending" or a "B" rating, you could easily spend twice as much. Where can you find a diet coke today for $1.90 or cappuccino for $2.50 or dessert for $2? No, it is not Jean Georges, or Telepan or Picholene or Per Se (nor is it expected to be) nor is it Amber with a "B" rating or Tenzan that has had "Grade Pending for ages. It's kind of like a Spanish/Chinese coffee shop & for just having a decent lunch or dinner, it is fine. Put a smile on your face & your servers will return it tenfold. Compliment the server who made the cappuccino from scratch & he'll be happy. Tip 20% & you'll get appreciation. Have fun...go casual & enjoy.