HOUSE OF CHAN Cookbook 1952 & New York City Restaurant

The HOUSE OF CHAN Cookbook from 1952

“Life, like a cookie jar, would soon be empty if you continued to accept the good things it offers and put in no good things in return.”

House of Chan Cookbook by Sou Chan 1952

HOUSE OF CHAN Cookbook by Sou Chan 1952

“Sou Chan, son of a poor Chinese farmer, came to America twenty years ago and found his first job as dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant. Today he owns the famous House of Chan, located in New York but known from coast to coast for its delicious oriental food and for the genial hospitality of its host.”

Sou Chan 1952

Sou Chan 1952

The book in very good condition was a $3 Goodwill Thrift Store find in Medford, Oregon!

Illustrations by Siu Lan Loh

HOUSE OF CHAN Drawings by Siu Lan Loh

See all of Siu Lan Loh’s Cookbook Illustrations
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HOUSE OF CHAN Menu from 1962 from the New York Public Library Archives:
(NOTE: A Martini, Manhattan or Daiquiri cost $0.80, yes EIGHTY CENTS!)
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http://menus.nypl.org/menu_pages/54145/explore

Ad from Feb 10, 1975

Ad from Feb 10, 1975

The HOUSE OF CHAN Restaurant was located at 52nd St and 7th Ave in New York City in the space now occupied by Rosie O’Grady’s.

House of Chan sign across the street from Columbia Records

HOUSE OF CHAN Sign across the street from Columbia Records (circled)

From the 1920’s to the 1950’s, 52nd Street between 5th Ave and 7th Ave was known as Swing Street and was home to a dozen of New York City’s best-known jazz clubs.

52nd St in the 50's - "Swing Street" New York City

52nd St in the 50’s – “Swing Street” New York City

That area of northern Times Square was also one of the centers of popular music from the 40’s to the 60’s. It was home to both the Brill Building (1619 B’way) and several other buildings (1650 B’way and 1697 B’way) which were jammed with offices and studios of music publishers and songwriters like Carole King, Leiber and Stroller, and Neil Sedaka.

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive) – Bar

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive) – main dining room

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive)

House of Chan (from the Library of Congress archive) – private dining room

House of Chan Ashtray

House of Chan Ashtray

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