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Best Duck Entrees...on a budget?

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  • cobot Jul 16, 2010 05:34 PM
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Hi All!

A banner-year birthday is coming up for my boyfriend and I'd like to take him out for a special dinner. He LOVES duck. I see that EMP's duck is highly recommended...but it is slightly out of my budget. Looking for places with entrees more in the $30-$50 range.

Any suggestions for restaurants with an amazing duck entree that fit my budget?

Thanks!

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  1. Entrees of $30-$50 isn't exactly what most would consider "budget" dining. Or are you thinking more along the lines of $30 to $50 total? EMP is prix fixe, so there isn't any individual entree price.

    My personal favorite duck in NYC is at Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights. A whole duckling, boned out, crisped and presented with a simple coulis of seasonal fruit. Simple, beautiful, lets the protein shine. Usually under $30. There's a variation on the menu as well with mushrooms, but for me duck & fruit is as natural a combination as chocolate & peanut butter or tomato & basil. What's nice, also, is you're getting a whole duckling, not just the breast. Sadly, Chow won't put the address in the links below, because they're in Brooklyn and we're on the Manhattan Board.

    Other recent good ones and old favorites:
    Corned Duck (appetizer, $15) and duck breast w/ kimchee couscous (entree, $34) at WD-50 ($34)
    Spice-Roasted Duck at Colicchio & Sons ($36)
    Foie Gras Chawan Mushi w/ duck shabu-shabu (app, $17) and "Duck Duck Duck" (foie gras croissant, duck, duck egg - entree, $34) at Morimoto
    Anatra at Falai - $29, usually comes with chocolate-covered foie gras. Mmm...

    ...and for bruch, you can take him for the Corned Duck Hash & Duck Eggs ($19) at JoeDoe. Fantastic.

    Otherwise... yeah, EMP. And Peking Duck House is always fun.

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Peking Duck House
    28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Falai
    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Morimoto
    88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    JoeDoe
    45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

    Colicchio & Sons
    85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: sgordon

      cobot specifically states, "...entrees more in the $30-$50 range." (I think of "entrée" as the appetizer, which is how the French use it -- since it means "entrance" -- and not as Americans have come to use it to mean "main course." Ridiculous! But I digress....) As you said, mains in the $30's to $50 aren't what most people would think of as "budget." That said...

      The pistachio-crusted duck at Dovetail ($34) is excellent.

      Dovetail photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      At Veritas, Chef Grégory Pugin's magret de canard is superb! But the menu is a 3-course prix fixe for $85. It is $10 less than EMP's 3-course prix fixe ($95), so maybe that could make a positive difference with regard to the budget issue.

      Veritas photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      We were just at Cru for the first time. I had the duck breast ($29). Delicious.

      Cru photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    2. Highly recommend the Peking duck at Chinatown Brasserie. Excellent skin, beautifully lacquered and the fat is completely rendered. If you stay with duck and dim sum, you will do very well there.

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      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      1. I think you might want to tell us what your total budget for the meal is. For two people, including food, tax, tip, wine.

        1. Lupa has a duck special on tuesday, about $23.00. It is a simple fall of the bone preparation, pure duck flavor. This dish goes very well with the side dishes offered

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          1. Apiary, either the duck breast or the confit.

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            1. re: Wilfrid

              I'll second Apiary and point out that there is free corkage on Monday night, making it one of the best cost v. value places around.

            2. Babbo does a great duck. As does Convivio when they are featuring it.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Convivio
              45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

              1. I love duck, and EMP's duck is indeed extraordinary.

                But if that's truly impossible, here are two much more affordable options that don't get mentioned on Chow much.

                A Cafe and Wine Room's duck confit ($20, go before 8 p.m. and you can get an appetizer for another $5, served w/ couscous and in a fruity sauce.)
                Safran's duck breast confit ($24, I believe they also have a prix-fixe option, $35 including an appetizer and a dessert, IIRC. Red wine-citrus sauce with balsamic-honey-glazed foie gras and caramel pear according to the menu - the portion is VERY generous.)

                1. Not for this special occaison, but the $10 mini Peking Duck at Friend House is an amazing deal! Yummy pillowy buns, tasty duck, fresh veggies.

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                  Friend House
                  225 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003