If you want excellent Peking Duck, you can hardly do better than Peking Duck House. It has been in business for over 25 years at 28 Mott St. in NYC (there’s also a midtown location), and I recently reacquainted myself with the place, after a long hiatus, when a friend wanted to go out for…guess what?
Thursday my Mom would prefer not to have a traditional meal and wanted me to investigate eating Chinese in Chinatown (maybe Peking Duck, she loves Peking Duck?). I realize that the best Chinese isn't really there anymore, but let's be honest we are from the country and now live in Arlington and Annapolis and would be thrilled with something pretty good. We have no real plans for the day, not going to the parade, been there done that, etc. If anyone has suggestions for breakfast/brunch/lunch or things we should do?
So off we went, 3 or 4 of us from the building. And all I can say is this place totally rocks - at least for the Peking Duck. I’m not responsible for the rest of your order. Remember, the whole of Chinatown is fairly mediocre; the whys of that are a subject for another post (lousy cooks, shitty ingredients – you be the judge).
The way the menu at Peking Duck House is set up, they try to trick you into ordering a lot more food, for a lot more money, than you really need. The “special house dinner,” or the “Peking Duck dinner” are just money grabbers, so do as I do. Order a whole Peking duck, a couple of apps – say pickled cabbage and mock dock made from tofu skin, a safe vegetable dish (forget about stuff like snow pea leaves – not gonna happen) and another stir fry and you’ll easily have enough food for 4 people. And it’ll end up a lot cheaper than the dinners they put together for you.
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