A year ago, when we lost La Nueva Rampa on 14th Street, we lost one of the last (if not the last) Chino-Latino joints in Chelsea, where many Cuban-Chinese restaurants once flourished.
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We figured something dull would open in its place--another bagel shop, another cell-phone store, another Subway or 7-11. But real life is flourishing in the Nueva Rampa space. Welcome El Paraiso to the neighborhood, serving Spanish/Chinese food.
It seems miraculous and I wonder if it's the same business, reopened under a new name. A peek inside reveals that nothing appears to have been renovated. It still has the big cafeteria look with a lunch counter flanked by curvy old swivel stools.
Sometimes, change in New York City isn't really change at all.
La Nueva Rampa