- Posted on Saturday, February 9, 6:24 am
When I first heard of a place called "Chateau Madrid" located in New Jersey, I was intrigued, at first imaging a palatial Spanish estate. Actually, Chateau Madrid is an upscale neighborhood bar and restaurant with Portuguese owners located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Carteret NJ.
The Chateau has a formal dining room, perfect for dinner with family/friends or for a romantic date. There is also a private party space that accommodates up to about 40 people. The spacious bar is located in a separate room and features numerous large flat screen TVs as well as a modern jukebox. Friday nights feature a karaoke dance party presided by myself DJ Gregg Ambient and DJ G-Funk (Gill Restaino) that runs from 9 PM - 2 AM. The regular bartenders, Ivan and Rui are personable and move quickly, waiting on a fun group of regulars and serving up pitchers of the house specialty... delicious Sangria! The food, cooked in a Portuguese home style, is fantastic. Seafood lovers will be particularly happy with the paelha and shrimp fra diavlo, although my current favorite is the spicy Portuguese sausage sandwich! Located just 5 minutes off Exit 12 on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Chateau is easily accessible and definitely worth a road trip! It's no wonder that the regulars return again and again.
Friday nights at Chateau Madrid are always a ton of fun! Karaoke is available. Sometimes there are many singers including regulars like Mars, Joe V., Lisa and Marvin. Other nights, it's more of a dance crowd, with the DJs playing to the crowd - ranging from disco, to the Latin styles (salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton) to current dance music, to reggae, hip hop and R&B. It is not uncommon for dynamic bartender Rui to emerge from the bar and dance with the crowd!
Listed below is a custom mix that I recorded titled "The Chateau Madrid Sessions - Volume 1" that reflects the spirit of my recent Friday night sets. You can stream the mix and listen at your computer, or alternatively download it for free! The diversity of genres in the mix reflects the Chateau's diverse and international customer base. Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing you at the Chateau soon!
About Ambient DJ Service
Ambient DJ Service is a full-service NJ DJ company specializing in weddings, corporate events, sensational teen dance parties and bar/club/karaoke sessions. For more info or to read our reviews, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com
To learn about our recent Latin Dance Music Summit held at the Chateau, click here.
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