CubaNYC: Coffee, Culture, & Cuban-Chinese

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New York was the most important city for Cuban immigrants to the U.S. before 1960. Despite the city’s rich Cuban heritage, however, much of the culture has since been lost to gentrification. Explore the making of Cuban Manhattan through a mix of 3 historical sites and 3 cultural experiences.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish
Tour by Chris
Local

I am a third-generation Cuban American who's passionate about building community between the people of Cuba and its diaspora. A Miami native, I moved to New York three years ago after graduating college and landing a job on Wall Street. I immediately hated my job, and more and more I found myself wanting to focus on my passion. So, after nearly two years in corporate America, I traded in my blazer for a backpack and began leading cultural experiences in service of my mission to mend the rifts that exist between Cubans and Cuban Americans by providing context and bringing awareness to the situation. My thesis for accomplishing this mission is to leverage the power of cubanidad, the cultural essence of being Cuban, to foster empathy and mutual understanding between Cubans, Cuban Americans, and the Cuban diaspora at large.

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Highlights

  • Practice making authentic Cuban coffee
  • Taste raw sugar cane, Cuba's primary agricultural export
  • Enjoy an appetizer at the world's last authentic Cuban-Chinese restaurant
  • Visit a gorgeous mural at the original site of New York's first Cuban restaurant
  • Learn about Cuba's national independence hero by visiting his historic statue

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Description

On this cultural journey through Central Park & the Upper West Side, we’ll explore New York's Cuban heritage through art, food, & culture.

I like to break down the experience into 3 artistic/historical sites and 3 samplings of Cuban cuisine, which I combine for a total of 3 mini experiences.

1st - We’ll get to know each other over a delicious cafecito (Cuban espresso made with love) near the statue of Cuban independence hero José Martí in Central Park.

2nd - We’ll try some fresh-cut sugarcane near a gorgeous mural of a traditional sugarcane harvest at the former site of Victor’s Café, the city’s first Cuban restaurant.

3rd - We’ll visit one of the world's last authentic Cuban-Chinese restaurants, where we’ll eat some of the best maduros (Afro-Cuban sweet plantains) I’ve ever tasted.

Get ready to experience NYC...a lo cubano!

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What’s included & not included

  • Cafecito (Cuban espresso) like you can't get anywhere else in NYC...Trust me, I've tried!
  • Maduros (Afro-Cuban sweet plantains) or tostones (fried green plantains) at a Cuban-Chinese restaurant
  • Caña (Freshly-cut sugar cane) near a mural of a traditional Cuban sugarcane harvest

Meeting point

José Julián Martí Statue (W 59th St & Center Drive, New York, NY, USA)

Reviews from travellers (1)

5.0/5

Had a great time!
Chris did a great job on this tour. He had a lot of information to share and was great to see another side to NewYork. Both my partner and I, who are NYC l residents, walked away with a new understanding of Cuban culture in our city. Thanks Chris!
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