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Dec 4, 2007 08:22 AM

Best high-end Asian?

We are looking for somewhere with good food, good wine and nice decor - not something we usually associate with Asian restaurants. I am not usually huge fan of Chinese food but Imy husband is and I do have a craving for Peking duck. Was thinking of Tse Yang, Phillippe or Shun Lee Palace but reviews on these boards are poor. Any recommendations? I am not asking that the food be necessarily authentic, just good.

While I am asking, what about other Asian options? We like spicy food.....

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  1. Of the above mentioned, I've only been to Philippe. Didn't have the Peking duck, but their food is delicious at first bite, but the food is very rich and heavy. It's definitely higher quality ingredients than your local No. 1 Chinese, but at a much heftier price. Have you seen their menu? I've also been looking for good Peking duck. Even in Chinatown I've been disappointed, as they sold the regular roast duck as their Peking duck (not the proper preparation).

    As for the other Asian options, I am a fan of Holy Basil. It's a Thai restaurant in the East Village. Not a high-end posh, see and be seen type of place, but definitely classier than your average Thai resto. Beautifully decorated, with a great wine list. And the food and service there are superb.

    1. This is not a high end place but they have really good food-- Wondee Siam. I can't find the name of the dish on menupages right now but it's an excellent coconut milk curry NOODLE soup. The only thing I don't like at Wondee Siam is their Massaman curry.

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      1. re: Foodvergnugen

        Peking Duck House - two locations: 28 Mott Street and East 53rd between 2nd and 3rd. I've had their Peking Duck in both locations (several times each) and have never been disappointed. It is as authentic as any Peking Duck I've had in Beijing, Hongkong and Taipei.

      2. Perhaps trying the most high end chinese restaurant in Queens right now. It is called Jade Restaurant across from the municipal lot. I had the guey duck and it was exceptionally fresh. It came in nice thick slices so you can really taste the flavor of it. I also ordered the house special steak which was cooked to perfection. Red on the inside and crispy on the outside. There were a few other dishes that was ordered and everything was on the money.