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Cuban Cantonese Fusion & Dusty Books on the Upper West Side

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Looking for a chill diner that serves Cuban/Cantonese fusion on the Upper West Side, where you can be in and out of in 26 minutes and spend less than $40? Well, meet La Caridad 78. It's as casual as it gets, but it's seriously delicious and fast. If you're hangry on 78th street, there's no better choice.

When you’ve had your fill, stroll uptown a few blocks and dust-off your knowledge of great books for a drink and discussion at The Dead Poet, a local gem that names its drinks after dead and famous writers. Lowkey and under-the-radar, this bar is ideal for taking it easy after a big meal, with dark walls, rich wooden furnishings and leather bar stools that invite long conversations and cozy bonding. Whether it’s a Rye Old Fashioned (aka, the J.D. Salinger), or the sagamore rye, mancino sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, and drunken cherries in The Raven (after Poe), an extensive cocktail list ensures you’ll both find a drink—and a book—that truly inspires.

La Caridad 78

2199 Broadway, Manhattan

The Dead Poet

450 Amsterdam Avenue 2, Manhattan

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