Chan's Peking III Chinese
For quick, convenient, inexpensive Chinese food, Chan’s Peking Kitchen III is hard to beat. Located right on Raymond Avenue, the restaurant is a favorite for Vassar students looking for a casual meal and a relaxed environment.
Chan’s offers a wide variety of Chinese cuisine, all of which is prepared on a table and stovetop, in plain view of the dining room. The menu features pork, chicken, shrimp, beef and tofu, as well as a number of vegetable entrées. The main courses fall under $10, and the restaurant offers many lunch specials for under $5, which include fried rice and an egg roll. The menu also contains a long list of chef’s specials such as orange beef, General Tso’s chicken, hunan shrimp and sesame chicken. All entrées are served with white rice, and there are several appetizers, side dishes and soups to complement your meal.
The dining room at Chan’s is quite small, but there is hardly ever a wait for a table. The restaurant has a very casual atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for an impromptu dinner with friends. The ambiance leaves something to be desired, but the staff is friendly and the food is prepared quickly. When I’m craving chicken and broccoli, Chan’s is always the first number I call, evidenced by the fact that said number is programmed into my phone.
Chan’s does not deliver—that would make it too easy—but the restaurant is a five-minute walk from campus, and students can call ahead to order food for pick-up. The VCard is accepted there, setting it apart from all other Chinese restaurants in Poughkeepsie.
I cannot count the number of times that I have ventured to Chan’s with friends on a weekday night, when we wanted a quick dinner but craved an evening away from the dining hall. The restaurant offers good food at a low price in a minimal amount of time—three things that are on any college student’s menu.