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La Caridad 78
Posted by Joyisme on 07/05/2006
I've been coming to this place since college (early 90's) and now as an old married lady in her thirties, I still find myself driving in for some good ol' stick to your ribs Cuban food. Their Chuletas Fritas (Fried Pork Chops) sure ain't healthy but worth the 30 minutes extra on the treadmill - delicious and authentic! The atmosphere is not "nice" but heck at these prices who can complain. I've never had to venture off the Cuban side of the menu (go figure, 15 years and never tried the Chinese food) so I can't speak for that. If you have room after the heaping plates of food, top it all off with some Cafe Con Leche you won't be disappointed.
Posted by havana on 05/31/2006
My old lady and myself always wind up at La Caridad. I admit it's not the best or finest fare in the city but the food and service is always a sure thing and I have NEVER had a bad meal where I didn't feel fullfilled. Usually when we can't decide where to eat we just come to our favorite stand by. It's right across town from where I live and the neighborhood is decent, booming with bars and busy people going too and fro. All in all I eat mostly from the Cuban side of the menu and have hot and sour soup...which is decent, but guys the chuletas fritas (fried pork chops) are to die for! Make sure you get the yellow rice and red beans but black are fine choice from time to time. La Caridad has good food and honest service...and it's a nice cheap date place that will fill your belly and keep your wallet in the "black" :)
Posted by Astrid on 10/15/2005
OK.I went in expecting great cuban food, but instead it was tasteless. This has got to be the most bland latin food I've ever eaten. I was disappointed.
Posted by me on 09/08/2004
The ropa vieja, fried pork chops, plaintains, and pretty much all other Cuban dishes are awesome, solid offerings. The only Chinese dish I've tried that I liked here is the bok choy stir fry, which isn't even on the menu. Surprisingly, they MSG all pre-made things here-- believe me, I know. But all in all, excellent Cuban that almost rivals my favorite place in Miami.
Posted by Linda on 07/23/2004
As far as I know, New York City is the only place you will find Cuban-Chinese restaurants in America. They came about from Chinese people who settled in Cuba, then came to America. That's why you will see Oriental-looking people speaking Spanish! I also never have eaten from the Chinese side, maybe it's good but I must have the Cuban food! Cubans make the best: Breaded steak (like chicken-fried, fabulous), get it with white rice and black beans. Also fried chicken or maybe the chicken cracklings, with yellow rice and red beans. Fantastic! And get the sweet fried plantain/bananas, they are delicious. The starchy ones aren't as good, in my opinion. Also, have flan for dessert, and cafe con leche. You will be filled up for the rest of the day! This is a real NY experience. Not fancy but fun. And inexpensive. People who live in NY (who are not rich) don't go to fancy restaurants, they eat pizza and vendor hot dogs and Chinese food and Cuban food, all kinds of ethnic, etc.
Posted by Melissa B on 05/21/2004
This has been one of my very favorite places to eat for many years. Don't bother ordering from the Chinese menu. The Chinese food is fine, but you can get that anywhere. The Cuban food is where it's at. To die for. Who cares about atmosphere when your tastebuds are this happy?! Besides, it's New York! What do you want, 5-star dining every day? You'd be missing the whole point! I no longer live in NYC, but never miss a trip to La Caridad whenever I visit.
Posted by TasteBuds on 12/10/2003
I have been to several cuban restaurants, and this one always tops them all! The restaurant is not classy, but then again you can easily have a meal under 10 bucks that will fill you up for the entire day! Remember with this type of place how good the food is makes up for everything else. The waiters are far from friendly as most would say, but they are all tri-lingual, I think that deserves an A+!!