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Chinese Banquet in Oakland

I'm helping someone plan a 30th birthday dinner for around 30 people. Birthday girl is looking for the following:

- Good Chinese food, including Peking Duck on the banquet menu
- In Oakland only (not Berkeley, EC, SF, Emeryville)
- "Non-cheesy" atmosphere, ruling out Peony, Legendary Palace, Joy Luck Restuarant

I can't think of any within her guidelines, thoughts?

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Legendary Palace
708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

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  1. That's really tough. You might check out King of King on E. 12th. Although the choice there is between "cheesy atmosphere" and "no atmosphere."

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    King of King Restaurant
    1139 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606

    1. Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, (Powell St) emeryville, comes to mind. i haven't eaten there in a while. hear the food is still good. nice view of the bay....also kind of busy place.

      be prepared to spend some $$.

      1. You might try New Gold Medal.
        I haven't been there in a while, though.
        They have an upstairs that will accommodate a large party (at least 60). With a karaoke machine!
        I don't think they have Peking Duck, but they have excellent roast duck -- which could fool naive people into thinking it is Peking Duck.
        And you won't spend a lot of money.

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        New Gold Medal
        389 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

        1. What's so cheesy about places like Peony and Joy Luck? I haven't eaten at these places for like at least a decade, and I don't remember them very well.

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          Joy Luck
          327 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. re: vincentlo

            Thanks for the suggestions.

            Birthday girl is looking for a good atmosphere, kind of like HK East Ocean, but in Oakland because they will be there for some other activities during the day. Many are coming from the South Bay and she does not want everyone to have to drive somewhere else after the activity.

            Cost is not a big deal. Peony and Joy Luck are typical Chinese restaurants - not too clean, dated decor, lots of Asian trinkets. She's hoping for something a little nicer, though I know that's tough. We will check out Gold Medal and King of King, never been to either one.

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            Joy Luck
            327 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

            King of King Restaurant
            1139 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606

            1. re: calalilly

              If you're looking for good atmosphere, skip Gold Medal and King of King.

              re: East Ocean...nice digs, expensive and inconsistent.

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              King of King Restaurant
              1139 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606

              1. re: calalilly

                I can't think of nice Chinese Banquet that looks "modern" in Oakland. Some Vietnamese places might have the right atmosphere, but wrong food (Le Cheval etc...).

                I usually go to East Ocean (Webster St. Alameda, good food, good prices, new decor inside (but still with some dragons).

                1. re: calalilly

                  Not sure what the problem is with Peony. I believe the premises are less than 20 years old, so it's hard to see how it's dated. It's certainly decades newer than most of the other buildings in Oakland Chinatown.

                  1. re: calalilly

                    I like East Ocean in Alameda. Nice room, high ceilings, but I'm not sure if they have Peking duck or not, so you'd have to call ahead.

                    1. re: calalilly

                      Are they actually doing these activities in Chinatown? Because otherwise they're going to have to drive somewhere. Once you get in your car, Emeryville isn't any farther than parts of Oakland, and East Ocean in Alameda is just the other side of the Webster tube from Chinatown. East Ocean sounds like what you're looking for, but I'm not sure they do Peking duck.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Yes, East Ocean Seafood in Alameda does have Peking Duck listed on its Banquet Menu:

                        http://www.eastoceanseafoodrestaurant...

                        Call ahead to reserve your three tables and preorder/customize your menu. We usually drop off everyone and then park the car 1 short block east of the restaurant on Concordia St. or in the parking lot of a former Safeway (now a West Marine store ).

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                        East Ocean Seafood
                        1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

                        1. re: Stephanie Wong

                          The Peking duck is pretty good at East Ocean and they are flexible with substitutions. I have a relative allergic to shellfish and they let me switch out several dishes.

                  2. Check out Chopstick Chinese Restaurant on 14th St. Haven't tried the banquet menus, but the food is solid. No cheesy atmosphere or dragons, just lots of bamboo all over the room.

                    328-14th St (between Webster and Harrison)

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                    1. re: kc72

                      Hmm, this seems to be the only mention of Chopstick Chinese Restaurant. A friend recommends the pig stomach dish, N6.

                      Could you please say more about the food here?