Here’s the Deal with the New La Caridad

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Photo by Chris Yera

Back in July, we wrote about the signage which was posted for “La Caridad 72nd Comida China y Criolla” at 130 West 72nd between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues.

At the time, we weren’t sure if this was a resurrection or a copycat of the original La Caridad 78 that opened in 1968 and closed during the summer of 2020. Or maybe something in between.

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Ellen Lee, a representative for the restaurant, provided more info at a Community Board 7 meeting on Wednesday.

“It’s not the same owners but they’ll carry on the same menu,” said Lee. She reiterated this several times throughout the meeting, as board members asked her to confirm the menu would be the same.

So, we can’t guarantee it will be 100% identical, but that’s what she said.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss liquor license applications, and the board unanimously voted in favor of moving the new La Caridad’s forward.

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Upper Left: board members excitedly raise their hands in approval of the new La Caridad. Lower Left: Ellen Lee, a representative for the restaurant who seemed happy that the meeting was wrapping up. Upper + Lower right: board members.

It’s unclear when the restaurant will open, but it’s expected to have nine tables and 36 seats, operate between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., and have recorded background music. There won’t be any outdoor seating.

The original La Caridad was located at 2199 Broadway on southwest corner of 78th and Broadway, a space now occupied by New Cottage (which was previously just The Cottage, a long-running Chinese restaurant which closed its location on 77th and Amsterdam in 2020 as well).


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