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foodwhisperer Sep 14, 2010 10:47 PM

I'm looking for the best Peking Duck in NYC> the plan is to go to Peking Duck House on 53rd St.
but if there is a better Peking Duck place I'd like to know your recommendations.

Peking Duck House
236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

  1. w
    west34 Sep 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    You are definitely going to the right place.

    Others may direct you to Shun Lee or Chinatown Brasserie, but if you want your duck to taste like a duck, and not a piece of popeye's chicken, you will love the uptown PDH.

    Chinatown Brasserie
    380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: west34
      ltlevy Sep 15, 2010 06:10 PM

      Respectively disagree. While the uptown PDH is the nicer looking restaurant, the one in Chinatown has the better Peking Duck.

      1. re: ltlevy
        scoopG Sep 16, 2010 06:31 AM

        I've not noticed any difference between the respective PD versions at either spot. One advantage for the midtown location is it is far less crowded (and less noisy) as the tables are are not so closely packed.

        1. re: scoopG
          ltlevy Sep 26, 2010 09:17 PM


          I agree with you about the advantages. It is definitely the more refined and comfortable setting, but the last time we were in the midtown location, the duck was nowhere as tasty as the one in Chinatown.

    2. s
      sugartoof Sep 15, 2010 05:18 PM

      Not to hijack this thread, but while we're at it...

      Does anyone know where to find a Cantonese dish (I believe?) of Almond Pressed Duck?

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        Pookipichu Sep 16, 2010 07:52 AM

        The peking duck at PDH is disgustingly fatty and not representative of good peking duck. The skin should be crisp, lacquered and the fat should be largely rendered. I would not recommend either location of PDH. Furthermore, the menu entrees are even worse than the peking duck. The last time I was there, the broccoli was yellowed and sad. Their sauces are overly sweet and salty. I have been burned 3 times, twice uptown, once downtown. No more, it just doesn't get anymore chances from me. Joe's Shanhai was good 15 years ago, not anymore. Juniors was ok 30 years ago, not anymore. PDH was ok 15-20 years ago, not anymore. This ship has sailed. PDH entrees are an insult to Chinese cooking and I was very vocal with the management about my disgust. The food lacks authenticity and skill.

        The duck at Chinatown Brasserie is leagues above.

        Chinatown Brasserie
        380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: Pookipichu
          LVI Sep 25, 2010 09:00 AM

          I would tend to agree the the regular dishes at PDH are mediocre. Chinatown Brasserie is a decent spot that has better over all dishes but I would respectfully disagree about the Peking Duck. The Peking Duck at Chinatown Brasserie was over cooked and small. I am a huge fan of PDH for the duck alone and in the 20 or so times I have gone there is no comparison between PDH and Chinatown Brasserie. That is not to say you didn't have a bad experience (as well could be said of mine at Chinatown Brasserie) but PDH, IMHO, had never disappointed when it comes to Peking Duck.

          1. re: LVI
            LVI Sep 26, 2010 01:20 PM

            OK. I will say when I am wrong. Which, this time, breaks my heart. After years of going to PDH, last night may have been the last. Was it because of the Duck? No. Was it because of the other food? No, although we never go there for that. Was it because of the service? No, and it is really never great. It was because of the ants. Not on the floor, table or crawling anywhere. They were in the kids Shirley Temples. And not just one. They we in 6 of them...6!!!!! And this was after they were sent back. Inexcusable! And to top it all off, when the bill came, not a single dollar was taken off the tab. Too bad, I guess we should have gone to Chef Ho's, next time.

            Chef Ho's
            1720 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

            1. re: LVI
              sugartoof Sep 27, 2010 12:04 AM

              Sounds like the ants were in the grenadine, or cherrys, and they didn't think to check the bottle when you sent them back.

        2. MMRuth Sep 25, 2010 09:04 AM

          I think that the Peking Duck at Tse Yang is excellent, but very expensive, and the place is pretty boring.

          Tse Yang
          34 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

          1. k
            kitchenquarterback Sep 26, 2010 07:50 AM

            going to nyc in the near future. peking duck is on the list at peking duck house. unless of course this post changes direction. thanks for the question.

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            1. re: kitchenquarterback
              Pookipichu Sep 28, 2010 07:51 AM

              I strongly but respectfully disagree with PDH, it's a relic of better years past and has no value now. It's a tourist trap with poor quality control, fatty gamey duck and horrible entrees.

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              care516 Oct 16, 2010 10:03 AM

              i can't give a recommendation for a place for peking duck, but i probably wouldn't recommend the peking duck house. i mean, there's something wrong when you walk in and you don't see ANY asian customers in there at all. that's an indication that there's gotta be better elsewhere. i do agree, though, that it is pretty clean in there by chinatown standards.

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