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Lee's Hawaiian Islander

Lyndhurst, NJ
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768 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ
Opened in 1974
(201) 939-3777

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Lee's Hawaiian Islander

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Decor 8.4
Drink Quality 8
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 6.2
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 8.1
Music 7.6
Service 7
Tikiness 7.7
Tilt 7.9
Vibe 7.4

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Humuhumu’s description

Lee's Hawaiian Islander is a Chinese restaurant that opened in 1974. There are tiki masks mounted on rock-lined walls with a weeping water effect, an outrigger canoe hangs from the ceiling, and there is a special hut booth. An upper balcony holds more tables with bamboo framing. Drinks are served in mugs. Mr. Lee can be found there often, happily playing host and greeting patrons.
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Lee's Hawaiian Islander
Clifton, NJ
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location in Clifton, but it is currently closed due to a fire.

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Victoriafrankenstein
Victoriafrankenstein is a regular at Lee's Hawaiian Islander, and is usually there A lot of Friday nights .
May 14, 2016, 7:51 AM
My most favorite restaurant in the whole universe. Mr and Mrs Lee are a dynamic duo that run this amazing and historic tiki restaurant. It has been in the family ever since the beginning and it is one word- perfect. The drinks are delightful and the food is stupendous. I love coming here on weekends. Lee'd Hawaiian Islander is the best! I want to track down the old photo postcard and matchbook for my collection.
NYC Tiki
NYC Tiki is a semi-regular at Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
February 8, 2015, 10:12 AM
So I think beyond Chan's, this is one of the best old school tiki joints in New Jersey. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the old school charm is all inside. Preserved cocktail bar with classic polynesian dishes await. Get a corner booth and grab a cocktail. Food is OK, but it was never about that. Ask for Mr. Lee, he still walks around the old joint saying hello to old school patrons.
Ohmsford
Ohmsford is a semi-regular at Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
January 14, 2015, 10:29 AM
My family and I were there for my Birthday, my choice. We live close by and try to visit a few times a year. I love the Hawaiian and Tiki elements and am really thankful that such places still exist.

The food was great as usual, and is always a much higher quality than typical take-out Chinese. I had a Zombie (pronounced Yombee by the waiter). The drink was very strong, even by my standards, but I could tell the rum was not top shelf. I make a much better drink myself, but since it was my birthday, it was a must-have to complete the ambiance.

The service was very attentive and responsive to requests, and most importantly, did not make one feel rushed. I was going to wear a Hawaiian shirt I bought off Ebay that was a cast member shirt from Disney's Polynesian Resort, but decided against it. My colorful shirt would have put all of the waiter's shirts to shame, as these old men have shirts that have been worn from opening day. LOL. At least they are wearing them, can't find that anywhere else in the State on a cold day in January!

The establishment has not put much money into the decor, as it does show its age. I have only two real complaints though...1) The booths are lined with white Christmas-type icicle lights, which do not look very tiki. I would prefer nothing at all or some softer lighting in hues of yellow, orange and/or red. 2) The back-lighted murals are getting faded and should be updated. One is of Honolulu harbor at night, where I would prefer a typical Hawaiian beach scene, sand, sky, palm trees.

I do love the place and hold on dearly to the nostalgia and memories, sadly of a time almost completely gone by. It seems the only restaurants around are the commercial chains with all of their forced and contrived ambiance. Lee's comes from a time where the place itself was a destination, and reflected a part of our culture where people appreciated a more defined dining experience.



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