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Best Duck L'Orange?

Davidegottlieb Apr 14, 2013 02:19 PM

Surprisingly, I couldn't find a thread on the best duck l'orange in the city! Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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    TitoSofrito RE: Davidegottlieb Apr 14, 2013 07:54 PM

    the one at le philosophe. is really good. it's also the only time i've ever had duck l'orange...

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      Davidegottlieb RE: TitoSofrito Apr 14, 2013 11:12 PM

      Thanks Tito.

      Any more input on this topic would be great.

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        bnowell RE: TitoSofrito Apr 15, 2013 08:27 AM

        Also, The Modern Bar Room serves Duck Confit a l'orange but i'm not sure if that's different from traditional duck a l'orange

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        thegforceny RE: Davidegottlieb Apr 15, 2013 06:32 AM

        I was curious if any top restaurants in NYC still serve this. It seems hokey and dated like baked alaska or chicken kiev.

        The menupages Find a Food function lists a few, but only on certain days of the week:


        Blue Ribbon Brasserie has a duck in an orange sauce. I had it years ago and hated it. Waiter noticed I hadn't touched it and offered a replacement. I think I don't like duck a l'orange in general though, so YMMV.

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          Monica RE: thegforceny Apr 15, 2013 06:52 AM

          I am glad to hear the waiter noticed it and got you a replacement. Doesn't seem to happen so much anymore.

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            Pan RE: thegforceny Apr 17, 2013 03:04 AM

            Ukrainian East Village (National Home) makes Chicken Kiev, and I think it's bad (and I like other dishes they make).

          2. strangemd RE: Davidegottlieb Apr 15, 2013 08:28 AM

            L'Arpege in Paris makes a canard a l'orange with hibiscus that is citrusy and non-cloying, utterly fantastic. I've never had anything in NY except the old-fashioned kind of gloppy dish.

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              Davidegottlieb RE: strangemd Apr 15, 2013 08:53 AM

              Yeah, it's an old school gloppy french dish...but it's still great!

              Where are some of the better (albeit gloppy) renderings?

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                strangemd RE: Davidegottlieb Apr 15, 2013 11:32 AM

                I don't know if you cook, but if you do, this is a very good version that I've made a few times from an old Saveur:

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              GaryUES RE: Davidegottlieb Apr 15, 2013 12:12 PM

              Chez Napoleon in the Theatre District still has it on their menu.

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                rrems RE: GaryUES Apr 15, 2013 03:48 PM

                I haven't had theirs, but I would expect them to do a credible version of the dish. Chez Napoleon is one of a tiny number of true French bistros in NY.

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