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Places serving great duck?

steakrules85 Jun 9, 2009 08:05 PM

I am a duck addict and am craving some great duck. The best I have had in NY is Eleven Madison Park's whole Peking duck and Babbo's duck too. Anywhere else that does a great duck? I see that Jean Georges has a really interesting one and have heard Perilla does a decent duck. Balthazar and Blue Ribbon have duck confit that is supposedly to die for. Gotham has a great duck dish on the menu, but I was just there on Saturday and went with the lobster instead. I just saw pics of it and it looks awesome!

Any recs? I love a crispy skin on the outside and a perfect rare on the inside. I love duck confit as well, so if there dish comes with the leg all the more better.

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    lisalu Jun 10, 2009 01:22 PM

    2nd the Four Season's duck!

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      steakrules85 Jun 10, 2009 12:54 PM

      Wow thanks for all the suggestions this is great keep em coming....

      Wu Liang's looks awesome. I am sorry to report Morimoto took it off the menu though ahhh. I'll check Alto's menu and Four Seasons menu to see if they still serve it.

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      1. re: steakrules85
        RGR Jun 10, 2009 05:04 PM

        Unfortunately, no duck on the menu at Alto. And it was not on the menu when we were there a couple of summers ago. Could be they only serve it during the cold weather months, or it might have been a special when MMRuth's husband had it.


        Btw, steakrules, I received some information in the mail from EMP indicating they are going to begin carving Chef Humm's duck tableside. I'll be interested to see if that means they will be serving diners the other parts of the duck in addition to the breast meat and the confit.

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          MMRuth Jun 10, 2009 05:08 PM

          Now that I think about it - it was on the menu in September, fwiw.

      2. Striver Jun 10, 2009 11:52 AM

        The Four Seasons farmhouse duck for two, carved tableside, is one of the best ducks I've ever had (and I love duck).

        1. MMRuth Jun 10, 2009 09:20 AM

          My husband just raved about the duck for two at Alto - it looked beautiful, but I didn't get to taste it. It may only be on the menu in the winter.

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            kobetobiko Jun 9, 2009 11:44 PM

            It's hard to beat the duck at EMP! So to manage your expectation you shouldn't expect something like that to be easily found in the city!

            For a bit of an unusual twist, you can try the duck duck duck at Morimoto. It's e kinds of ducks (sort of), with a foie gras croissant, roast duck, soft duck egg, and red miso sauce. The roast duck was a whole duck leg. I had this dish two times there, one was prepared perfectly with crispy skin and juicy meat, while the other time was a bit dry and chewy. Granted I haven't been there for a quite some time, so I can't attest their recent quality. But when this dish is done right, it is quite delicious. (pic attached)

            Another good thing about this dish is that it is substantial in size, which fits your need.

            Another Japanese take on duck is at 15 East - Magret duck smoked with hojicha tea, with shitake mushroon and kabocha puree. it is a bit small though, so it may not be enough for you.

            Of course there is always Chinese roast ducks and peking ducks (two different things).

            Have you tried the duck at Craft? Simple yet perfectly executed and I can't complain about anything.

            I do enjoy the duck confit at Balthazar. Not as impressed by the one at Blue Ribbon. The duck confit at Gramercy Tavern (Tavern Bar) is also worth trying.

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            1. re: kobetobiko
              steakrules85 Jun 10, 2009 05:44 AM

              Wowwwww that duck from Morimoto looks amazing. I may just have to go there and order it. Is that picture of the duck duck duck?

              1. re: steakrules85
                kobetobiko Jun 10, 2009 08:30 AM

                Yes, it was, but it's also from a few years ago, so I don't know if it is going to be the same (even if it is still on the menu).

            2. goodhealthgourmet Jun 9, 2009 08:48 PM

              i'm sure i'll get crucified for this one, but...the Duck Ropa Vieja at Asia De Cuba is really terrific.

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                kathryn Jun 9, 2009 08:42 PM

                Have you been to Peking Duck House and had the Peking duck there?

                What about smoked tea duck at a Sichuan restaurant like Grand Sichuan?

                The Roasted Long Island duck breast is also very good at the Bar Room at the Modern.

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                1. re: kathryn
                  financialdistrictresident Jun 10, 2009 05:46 AM

                  The best duck I ever had was at The Modern Dining Room. Sliced table side.

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                    Peter Cherches Jun 10, 2009 11:16 AM

                    Of the Sichuan places in Manhattan I think Wu Liang Ye does the best tea smoked duck by far. Photo attached.


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                      brettnyc Jun 10, 2009 11:50 AM

                      Second Wu Liang Ye's tea smoked duck.

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