Just like everyone else, we're guilty of getting caught up in the hype over many of the "hipsterized" versions of [perfect_for slug="authentic-ethnic- eats"]ethnic food[/perfect_for] that have popped up in this city lately. And while everyone scrambles to get in line for a ramen burger or whatever new place has tacos, some of the most classic restaurants in this town are often forgotten. Peking Duck House is one of those places.
Peking Duck House used to be one of the most popular restaurants in NYC. Ed Koch was known to dine here with his close friends and colleagues every Saturday afternoon, and that's important because a) that guy was an icon, and b) Jews know Chinese food. It also happens to be home to one of the best Peking ducks you can buy. As is customary, these Peking ducks are roasted whole and brought to the table head on before being thinly sliced and served in a pancake with hoisin and scallions. The end result is an absurd combination of sweet and savory, and it's one of the best Chinese dishes you’ll ever eat. And yes, at $48 per duck this is a splurge for Chinatown, but trust us when we tell you that it's worth it. Especially because Peking Duck House is one of the few Manhattan restaurants with no corkage fee. That means come with a big group, and bring some booze with you. What's cooler than that? Probably nothing until Danny Bowien opens up "Mission Duck House" to great fanfare. It's all just so predictable.
As we mentioned, a duck will set you back $48, and one will generally feed three to four people. If you're hungry and only getting the duck and nothing else, it's entirely possible that you could split one between two people and polish off the whole thing. We'd certainly be impressed, and that's really all that matters. Oh, and there is an art form to making your duck wrap perfect, so get your technique down. That means go easy on the hoisin, and don't roll it up too tight.
The steamed pork buns are solid, just know that they are the Chinese style ones with thick doughy buns. There's also absolutely nothing wrong with the dumplings here, which always make for a strong order.
Skip these. They are short, stumpy, and pretty much all fat. No thanks.
Our favorite pork entree here. The sweet & sour sauce is excellent.
You kind of always have to get a beef dish at a Chinese restaurant. It's an unspoken rule (that we just made up). This one is pretty damn satisfying, and the Crispy Beef with Spicy Sauce ain't bad either.
If string beans are your thing, then you'll enjoy these.
If you get the Peking duck dinner, you'll have the option of choosing from four different prawn options to go along with it. We'd suggest going with these fried guys or the Sautéed Prawns with Ginger and Scallion.