"White bean soup" is the menu's gloss on caldo Gallego (Wednesday and Sunday only, $4.95); a literal translation from the Spanish would be soup or broth from Galicia, the region of northwesternmost Spain from which many Cubans and Cuban-Americans claim heritage. In practice, however, caldo Galledo is often a hearty stew. At this Cuban restaurant — which first opened its doors in 1969, closed in 2010 owing to Columbia University's Manhattanville expansion, and reopened late in 2012 in the same building as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que — the ration of meat was especially generous.
Also shown: a picadillo platter starring the namesake ground beef (Wednesday only, $6.95); the "special Cuban sandwich" ($6.95) with ham, pork, pickles, and a generous slather of garlic sauce; a lechon plate (Saturday and Sunday only, $7.95). The pork nearest the bone was best. Below them, from Floridita's previous incarnation, whose menu was nearly identical: coarse-textured Cuban tamales (now two for $3.95) filled with beef; and Ricky Ricardo's favorite dish ($9.95).
Shown at bottom: surviving tracks and a marker, embedded in the roadway in front of the restaurant, from the Third and Amsterdam Avenues streetcar line; and, looking north from that same vantage, the underside of the Henry Hudson Viaduct.
2276 Twelfth Ave. (St.-Clair Pl.-West 125th St.), Manhattan