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ISO: Peking duck in manhattan with round tables!

fteh Sep 3, 2011 11:56 AM

I'm looking for a GREAT chinese restaurant that serves authentic peking duck (not excessively fatty, with crispy skin) and has round tables. Friends have suggested Peking duck house but they don't have any round tables for the night we need. It's a group of 10 so long tables make sharing difficult. Any recommendations?

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    fteh Sep 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    thanks for all the suggestions.

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      RCC Sep 7, 2011 10:43 AM

      I prefer the Peking Duck at Phoenix Garden over those at PDH (midtown east only), and I've eaten at both places numerous times.

      Phoenix Garden has a large round table in the main dining room (but could be for 8 persons only) and a very large round table (12+ person) in the 'inside" dining room. BYOB only.

      Phoenix Garden
      242 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016

      1. ellenost Sep 7, 2011 09:38 AM

        What about Phoenix Garden? I haven't been there in several years, but I remember having a very good Peking Duck served in 2 courses.

        Phoenix Garden
        242 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016

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          Bkeats Sep 6, 2011 09:56 AM

          I will second CB. Big round tables that easily accomodate 10 with pretty good duck. The space is also quieter and roomier than PDH, though I like PDH too. You do need to keep with the duck and a few other dishes at PDH. As to shuffling parts around per capeanne's comment, I don't understand what that means. At PDH they bring the duck out on a platter and then a guy with a really sharp knife comes out and slices the skin and meat off the carcass and places it on a platter which is then set on your table. Its always been something interesting to watch for me though I know some are horrified to see the entire duck with head attached. I agree that the service at PDH is desultory. Service and atmosphere as well as the wine list is much better at CB, but no at table carving. Start with some dim sum, order the duck, have fun.

          1. scoopG Sep 3, 2011 12:08 PM

            PDH has two locations.

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

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

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            1. re: scoopG
              capeanne Sep 3, 2011 12:49 PM

              i was dragged to a business dinner at PDH Chinatown less than 6 months ago and it was the worst meal of my entire life..and its been a long life...just a cartoon Dont do it ..it didn't look or feel clean The servers just hung around standing in a line and ignoring the customers The duck was sort of mass served and parts shuffled here and there to and from tables .. the starters and sides were inedible and wine choices were red or white and equally horrific ..Please save yourself

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

              1. re: capeanne
                cambridgedoctpr Sep 4, 2011 03:33 PM

                well, with or without round tables, where is the best pekin duck in manhattan?

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr
                  penthouse pup Sep 5, 2011 07:23 AM

                  I have heard good things about Chinatown Brasserie...I think there's been a shift in the head chef but it sounds a lot cleaner and better than PDH.

                  Here is a past thread, one comment of which doesn't recommend CB.


                  Chinatown Brasserie
                  380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                2. re: capeanne
                  mitchleeny Sep 7, 2011 09:32 AM

                  Your experience at Peking Duck House has nothing in common at all with my multiple visits. Order the Peking duck a al carte. Add maybe the spicy cabbage and another vegetable dish. We also had a pretty good pork and dried bean curd dish, but generally avoid the stir fries to be safe.

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

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