Chan's Dragon Inn

Bar & Restaurant
630 Broad Avenue
Ridgefield, New Jersey, United States
Ph: (201) 943-1276
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Opened in 1962
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
American Museum of Natural History, New York 4.2 mi
6.7 km
Otto's Shrunken Head, New York 7.5 mi
12.0 km
Lee's Hawaiian Islander, Lyndhurst 7.0 mi
11.2 km
Zombie Hut, Brooklyn 10.6 mi
17.1 km
Lee's Hawaiian Islander, Clifton 7.3 mi
11.8 km
Small dining hut off the main dining room at Chan's Dragon Inn in Ridgefield
February 2007, photo by Mata-ki-Te-rani
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October 20, 2013, 11:55 PM
amazing kitschy atmosphere. it is like traveling back in time to the 60's tiki revival. i sat in a cool bamboo booth that overlooked the dining room which was hung with outrigger canoes and facing a wall of illuminated pictures of hawaiian scenes.
attentive service without being annoying.
I had the hot & sour soup which was good but unremarkable and the chef's special chicken, which wasn't as spicy as i would have liked, despite ordering it extra spicy it was just like regular sesame chicken.
the drinks were very good. the best being the mai-tai and zombie. i also had the pineapple paradise which was ok, but it was served in a pineapple shaped glass, and the scorpion bowl which was also served in a vintage bowl.
looking forward to coming back and trying more food and drinks next time i am in the area.
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January 18, 2015, 5:45 PM
Went to Chan's for the first time today. Pulled up and saw the original faux chinese structure with the old school sign for 'cocktails' at the front. You know you are in a vintage spot when a place like this advertises cocktails. Went in (was empty) and seated under a puffer fish light in a booth at the restaurant. They get a 7 out of 10 for decor. All original, classic polynesian tiki style. It looked all original and not changed since the place opened in 1965. The waiters were all wearing Hawaiian shirts and the music in the background was Tiki / Hawaiian as well, which scores huge points for me. I hate when I hear pop music at a place like this. The bar had a rock structure behind it and looked like it could have been in 'Goodfella's'. Had a Mai Tai, which unfortunately was not served in a tiki mug, but a glass with a dragon on it. I thought the menu was great. It had cocktails up front (all the tiki classics), Polynesian favorites (including the pupu with fire), and a sophistication to the dishes that once you could tell made it special (although that now had faded). We had dumplings and their special chicken. The food was ok, but I did not come here to rate the food. After dinner, took a look around and enjoyed the vintage posters, scenery and original tables. I am glad a place like this still is in business, serves the original style and hasn't changed at all. I would definitely come back with a large group to enjoy the cocktails and atmosphere. I give it a 6.5 out of 10, which is a high mark in the NYC area. Only other place that matches is Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
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