By Cheryl Conway
For those who enjoy Asian cuisine, there is a new family-owned restaurant in town.
Like a diner with endless choices, Asian Diner in Ledgewood has a full menu offering choices in Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. Located inside the Quality Inn off of Route 46, its grand opening was held Aug. 6.
While take out is available, Asian Diner is noted for its relaxing sit down dining experience with music and a bar coming soon.
“We want people to sit down and enjoy with music,” says Owner Lily Chen. “Dining more comfortable.”
A family-owned business, Chen also owns Asian One in Pompton Lakes, a restaurant her family took over as the third owners in 2014. Asian One is more of a take-out style rather than sit-down.
“We grow up with family so many years for restaurant experience,” says Chen, whose parents used to own a restaurant but are retired now.
Chen’s husband, Zeng Kao, does most of the cooking while family and friends help to run the business, says Chen.
They decided to open a second restaurant, particularly in Ledgewood, after a friend recommended the area. Chen said I “think we can make business here.”
The original plan was to offer Japanese style cuisine but when some told her “they can’t find best Chinese in this area,” she decided to add the Chinese and Thai cuisine to the menu.
Some customer favorites so far include Thai Fu Noodle, Noodle Soup and great sushi. For dessert, Xango Cheesecake is a fried cheesecake served with ice-cream.
“Customers say it’s a nice dessert,” says Chen.
Asian Diner also offers Hibachi with meals cooked in the back like all other meals. There is no delivery service offered at this time.
On Friday nights, customers can enjoy “nice live music,” with a soft piano and singing.
“We like customers coming here sitting family style, to feel comfortable for family,” says Chen. “We offer the freshest ingredients on the market. We specialize in fine dining and take out.”
Asian Diner is open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends, with the bar open even later.
For discount, see coupon for $5 off $30 purchase or $10 off $50 purchase.
Visit asiandinerledgewood.com for menu; call 973-426-0688.