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Looking for the Best Duck in New York (moved from What's My Craving?)

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  • Rob Stanco Aug 1, 1999 12:27 AM
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I was recently turned on to duck and have been looking
for a *really good* duck dish. Preferably crispy &
boneless. I was about to go to Chinatown, but I
wouldn't even know where to begin. . .

Any recommendations?

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    John Knoesel

    Peking Duck is one way of enjoying the bird.
    My fav is duck confit.
    After I leave this post I hope there will be many
    suggestions on this dish.
    The one place I have it practically every time I go is
    Cafe Des Artistes. Bring bucks, but if you have never
    been, this place is a NY institution.
    Great roast duck can usually be had at Zum Stamtisch in
    Glendale, Queens and on Long Island At John Duck, in
    Southampton.
    Regards, JK

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    1. re: John Knoesel

      All these places sound great. Any specific places in
      Chinatown y'all can suggest? Thanks.

      1. re: jo

        Peking Duck House on Mott Street has phenomenal peking
        duck (go figure). But beware, the place is a dump.

        1. re: Alex

          Duck in chinatown is certainly, fun but duck is such a classy dish when you're in a nicer place. i suggest the duck confit dish such as the one in les halles bistro (the one in the financial district if you live downtown; around 17 john street) since confit means "cooked in its own fat", it's probably more fatty than roasted duck, but they give you two small thighs on top of some light frison (salad). great with a glass of white wine.

          1. re: sue

            Why do people always believe just because Roast Duck is served in Chinatown, rather than at a French Restaurant, that its no longer classy? Chinatown has a lot of classy restaurants (perhaps not certain people's view of Euro-centric class) that are NOT on Mott, but on Bowery.

            I won't get into that topic... anyways, one of the best crispy ducks are actually the Cantonese version (not the Peking). Most of the fat is rendered into the meat, so when oil is poured over the duck to fry it, the fat melts right into the flesh... delicious!

            A great place to get are all in Flushings Queens... would you be willing to go there?

            -Cho

            1. re: cho231

              name the place(s) , I'll go

        2. re: jo

          Big Wong on Mott - while the premises are questionable, the food is fantastic. Especially the roasted meats (roast duck, pork, what have you).

          But if you want another, less fatty option, try finding squab. I unfortunately don't know of any places that make a good squab in NY, but in SF, a Vietnamese place called Bodega Bistro (hah) prepares it so lovingly and masterfully I find myself wanting to go back just for the dish.

      2. Union Square Cafe has consistently fabulous duck.

        1. someone recently left a post about peking duck. you
          may want to do a search and see what was said there.

          1. I recently sampled an excellent duck appetizer at The
            Place on west west West Fourth Street. It was a thigh
            (?) roasted with perfectly crisp skin, no fat, set
            over soba noodles with scallions and other delectables
            tossed in. If you visit The Place also try the hanger
            steak with maytag blue cheese, mmm...

            1. Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights serves up a few fine
              renditions of duck, sauced with a choice of tangy
              fruit sauces - ask them to go easy on the sauce and
              you should be very pleased.

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                Patrick Keilch

                I would suggest Holy Basil on 2nd Ave. btw. 9th and
                10th Streets. They have a couple of duck dishes that
                are very good. Smallish pieces that are extremely
                crispy and very tasty. Beware of the one that is with
                garlic and black pepper, it's got a whole lot of
                garlic. Lots of things are good at this place,
                including a couple of home-style noodle dishes and a
                great soup with cellophane noodles. (As a note of
                disclosure, I used to work at this restaurant and the
                owner is a friend.) Do try it out.

                1. Arthur Schwartz says the best roast duck in NYC is at
                  the Four Seasons.

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                  1. re: Sharon A

                    I concur. Other than for architectural nostalgia buffs with expense accounts, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend the Four Seasons - except for their farmhouse roast duck, which is absolutely one of the best ducks I've ever had (and I love duck). If you're looking for a good deal (relatively speaking), it's available as part of their $65 pre-theatre prix fixe.

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                    Rachel Perlow

                    Chiming in with suggestions in NJ, as always...

                    Bangkok Garden in Hackensack, NJ is our favorite Thai
                    place and they have several excellent duck dishes.

                    1. Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights has a crispy spicy orange duck right now (they change specials often). It is one of the best duck dishes I have ever had. Crispy skin, succulent meat, no bones or fat, great sauce. Only go when the Jamaican guy is cooking. He is a duck genius. I tell him that every time. He laughs, but its true.