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Nov 28, 2013 10:48 AM

peking duck with thin pancakes anywhere in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a place serving peking duck with the thin pancakes, anywhere in the five boroughs accessible by public transit? I did search through the old threads, but the only recommendation seems to be Hakkasan and I don't want to spend that much.

I was thinking about Peking Duck House, but it gets such negative reviews on Yelp with people claiming that they serve Mexican tortillas to wrap the duck with. Is that accurate or just an exaggeration? Is the food substantially better at the Midtown location?

I also found some good reviews for Cantonese-style peking duck places that serve it with buns out in Flushing, but I'm looking for the Northern style w/ pancakes.

Deyi Peking Duck House in Flushing got a good review on here 2 years ago, but the reviews on Yelp are awful so I assume it went downhill. And finally, Mr.Tong's in Rego Park has a few good Yelp reviews about their duck from a few years ago, but not much mention on CH.

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  1. Deyi died years ago, alas.

    1. One of my nieces didn't want the buns, might have been a low carb thing.

      We get a side order of pancakes. As long as the restaurant sells mu shu, they will have pancakes. Been a few years but a dollar or so for 4-6 pancakes

      1. I LOVE Peking Duck House, especially the one on 53rd between 2nd and 3rd. I think its the best around--don't listen to those negative reviews on Yelp...they're wrong.

        I go to Hakkasan all the time as well, and I prefer the duck at Peking Duck House (ok, the black truffle peking duck at Hakkasan is damned good, but overall, I'd take PDH over the others any day).

        1. I second PDH on 53rd St. for the Peking duck

          1. Chef Ho's uses tortilla wraps for their Peking Duck.

            And while not thin pancakes, per se, but Propserity Dumpling has peking duck with sesame pancakes (or shao-bing / 燒餅).

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Prosperity Dumping on Clinton St? Peking duck sounds good with sesame pancakes. If that's the place I didn't realize they had Peking Duck, have only had soup and dumplings there.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Not Clinton, but Eldridge (still in Chinatown, however). Next to Long Xin.

                They do not have Peking Duck as a stand alone dish. As this is sort of a quasi-Beijing/Northern type place, they have all sorts of baos, pancakes, buns, dumplings etc. And one of their sesame pancake offerings is filled with Peking Duck. Other fillings incl. veggies and eggs.

                They have decent wontons, fwiw.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Are they filling it with peking duck or just the usual Cantonese-style roast duck you can buy in most places?

                  The other day I bought some roast duck from Deluxe Food Market and ate it with folded buns from the grocery, chopped scallion, and cucumber, with hoisin sauce. Like a homemade version of the duck buns you can buy in Flushing. Decent substitute for the real thing.

                  1. re: pravit

                    Does it matter?

                    You're not going to find authentic Peking Duck (北京烤鴨) in NYC, or really any place in the U.S.

                    I'd rather have a well-made Canto-style roast duck over a shitty version of "Peking" duck.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      It matters to me! I already know where to find Cantonese-style roast duck and I consider it a different dish. I was hoping to find some place that did a decent rendition of peking duck where they carve up a plate of skin, a plate of meat, and give you thin pancakes with scallions and hoisin sauce.

                      For example, in downtown Toronto Chinatown I used to order the peking duck at Asian Legend for ~$30 if I remember right. It wasn't Quanjude-level peking duck, but it was good and affordable.

                      Anyhow, it looks like PDH is the place in NYC for what I'm looking for. Thanks.

                      1. re: pravit

                        There's a small restaurant named 天一店 on Queens Blvd and 64th in Rego Park, near M, R subway. Although their food was far from spectacular, they were well known for two their best dishes: 獅子頭 (Shanghainese meatballs) and an authentic Peking duck.

                        Well, it's been over 3 years since I ate there, but if you are willing to give them a try, call them at 718-897-8202. IIRC, some notice was required for the duck.

                        1. re: diprey11

                          Thanks! It looks like Mr. Tong's is the English name. There are some reviews mentioning the Peking duck favorably, most recent one on Yelp from Jan 2013. Apparently the chef used to be at Tung Shing House which was in turn known for peking duck back in the day, judging from some Chowhound posts from wayyy back.

                          I think I will have to give Mr. Tong's a try, will let you know if they still make good duck.

                          1. re: pravit

                            I just pulled out an old takeout menu, and yes, the English name is indeed Mr Tong's. Now I recall it was named so because the old Tung (東) Shing House was right across the street and the chef came from there.

                            I never got to try their taro duck casserole (or any other kind--that was an old Tung Shing specialty) but I did like their sauteed eel. Most interestingly, they served a really high quality rice, which is unheard of in Chinese restaurants here (if you know what I am talking about).

                            Good luck!

                        2. re: pravit

                          pravit, Cantonese-style roast duck is not the same thing as Peking duck, so you are correct to consider it a different dish.

                          There is also Cantonese style Peking duck, which is a modification of the traditional Beijing style of Peking duck.

                          Real traditional Peking duck, like the kind you'd find in Quanjude Restaurant in Beijing (where there is a special brick open hearth oven where the ducks hang and cook over fruit wood which, ideally, imparts a luscious smokiness to the skin and meat), is pretty much impossible to find in the US (if there is a place that does it this traditional way, please let me know).

                          So what we wind up getting served in the US is not-quite-Peking-duck. There are differences in regional styles of preparation (Beijing is thousands of miles away from Guangzhou, after all) so your typical Canto restaurant which serves so-called "Peking duck" is going to be preparing it with buns (which is a southern thing) instead of pancakes, and in whatever way they decide to cook it. Northern restaurants will serve it closer to the traditional Beijing style, with pancakes and not buns, but it will still not be the real deal.

                          Mr Taster