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Peking Duck House, Chinatown

28 Mott Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 227 1810's insider take:

Real Peking duck is a thing of beauty. No New York restaurant does better by this traditional delicacy—or serves more of it—than the original Chinatown Peking Duck House. Refurbished a few years back with a new paint job and mood lighting, this once grungy restaurant is now as elegant and inviting as its famous fowl. Start with meaty Shanghai soup dumplings then move on to the main event (a whole duck serves three or four). The burnished bird emerges from the kitchen with considerable fanfare. Dismembered tableside by a skilled chef clutching an enormous cleaver, its crisp skin is laid out on a platter surrounding the thinly sliced meat. Grab a warm rice-flour pancake from an enormous steamer, lay down a layer of hoisin sauce, cucumber, scallion, duck meat, and skin. Then roll up your package, bite down, and swoon. While there's a full menu on offer, duck is the reason you're here.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to 11:30 pm.

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