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Nov 7, 2012 08:31 AM

Peking Duck House, Chinatown

Some friends coming to town for TG weekend would like to eat Peking duck. It seems that despite its shortcomings, PDH is the only game in town at the moment. So here's the question: Can someone suggest the best way to order for eight people. We are all big, enthusiastic, well-traveled eaters of Asian food and would like to keep the Americanized quotient as low as possible. Thanks so much for your suggestions!

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  1. There is also the Peking Duck House branch at 236 East 53rd that offers better ambience. When is the last time you had Peking duck? Ready for a lot of duck? Their strong suit is the Peking duck, weaker on the rest of the menu offerings. They offer an eight-person special for $35 each: two Peking Ducks and four entrées. Or if you felt that was too much duck you could get one Peking duck and choice of six entrées. This special Peking Duck menu lists 17 entrées from which to choose and they include more than a few American-Chinese clunkers like General Tso’s Chicken, Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken.

    Personally I’d opt for the two Peking Ducks and then try to order Sautéed Spinach, Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce, Crispy String Beans with Minced Pork and Home Style Bean Curd.

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    1. re: scoopG

      That's a big help. Those sound like good recs. We will definitely go for two ducks and keep the extras to a minimum. Thanks for the lowdown!

      1. re: clutfy

        Perhaps go to Chinatown - they need the support down there! Stick to your guns and don't let them up-sell to you ("Not enough food ordered!") Then pop into the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard for desert after dinner.

        1. re: scoopG

          Great minds think alike! As long as the duck in genuinely good and there are a couple of decent side dishes, we're good to go. Thanks again!