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Does anyone have any recommendations of good Chinese restaurants open on Thanksgiving, preferably ones that serve Peking duck? Brooklyn is better, but willing to drive to Queens for a great duck. Thanks!

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  1. Well, this has become our family tradition. We've been to Pacificana and Imperial Palace; we enjoyed the ducks (and the ancillary dishes) but I wouldn't say that they were remarkable. I've been thinking about Deyi Peking Duck House for tomorrow but I'ld like some encouragement that it isn't on a downhill trend.

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    Pacificana
    813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

    Imperial Palace
    136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

    Deyi Peking Duck House
    43-18 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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    1. re: Dogstar

      And a noble tradition it is- thanks for the reply! I was wondering about Pacificana. It has looked like a madhouse on some occasions that I've walked by, but I'm guessing that the crowds might be lighter on Thanksgiving. Can't help you out re Deyi Peking Duck House.

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      Pacificana
      813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

      Deyi Peking Duck House
      43-18 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

      1. re: Dogstar

        I don't think Peking duck at Deyi is very good. The skin is not properly caramelized and it's flabby instead of crisp. The Peking duck at Mulan is better. I didn't like the Peking duck at Imperial Palace, the skin is not even close to how it should be and the duck tasted gamey in an unpleasant way.

        In short, I would go to Mulan for Peking duck in the boroughs.

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        Imperial Palace
        136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Mulan
        136-17 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        1. re: Pookipichu

          Pookipichu, was that based on one visit to Deyi? On my first visit they were having problems with the oven and apologized for the lest than stellar duck. Subsequent visits were much more satisfactory. I have not been back in awhile.

          1. re: scoopG

            Yes, I've only been there one time so my opinion might be outdated. As a one dish specialist I had high hopes for Deyi and maybe it is worth a return visit but the skin was so flabby and soft when I went that I haven't gone back yet. You might be more charming since they apologized to you, but simply served us pallid duck sans explanation :)

            1. re: Pookipichu

              I understand. . . it may have been because we were a fairly large group that they told us.

      2. As per our forementioned tradition we went out Thursday seeking Peking duck. Our journey took us to East Harbor Seafood in Brooklyn. Since I have had a number of positive dim sum experiences there, I hoped that their Cantonese expertise might extend throughout the menu.

        We ordered the Duck, sablefish, pea shoots in broth, and lamb chops - one of the owners took our order and tried to convince us not to over-order; fair enough. It was only five minutes later that he returned to tell us that the Duck was not available, that it would be about two hours away. We glumly ordered a prawn and stuffed tofu dish in its place. I can say that everything was well made, flavorful and cooked perfectly - but where's that duck?! May have to chase some Peking Duck next weekend.

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        East Harbor
        714 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        1. Dogstar- so sorry they didn't have duck!
          We ended up at Pacificana- the day ended up a bit busier than expected, so we kept things closer to home. I agree with the "not remarkable" assessment overall, but it fit the bill. There was a wedding in the main room, which definitely added to the overall vibe of the place (in a positive way, for me). We ordered a half duck and a few other items for the two of us. The hot and sour soup was neither hot nor sour. I was initially apprehensive about the duck- the half duck that they brought out and carved had nice, crispy skin, but very little meat on it. However, they returned with an entire duck's worth of meat, which I thought was a nice gesture (and still charged for the half duck that we ordered). We also had the fried bean curd with black mushrooms, which was fine.
          I'm pleased overall, albeit not rushing back. All in all, a nice Thanksgiving!

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          Pacificana
          813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220