Old-school Chino-Latino chow gets little mention these days, so jen kalb’s recent update from Dinastia China is worth noting. Bottom line: This uptown survivor still knows its stuff. jen’s party dug into a heap of good homey food, including fried plantains; squid with rice; tomatoey, well-spiced ropa vieja; and unorthodox-but-flavorful chicharrónes de pollo (fried dark-meat chicken on the bone).
For the uninitiated, Chino-Latino isn’t a fusion cuisine but a genre of restaurant—most are owned by folks of Chinese descent with Latin Caribbean roots—that offers parallel menus of Latin and Cantonese American dishes. They tend to be dinerish joints, and Dinastia China is no exception, but jen finds it a step above “the classic west-side greasy spoon.”
Dinastia China [Upper West Side]
145 W. 72nd Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues), Manhattan
Board Link: Dinastia China pretty good