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Published June 3rd 2012
When you're in Manhattan's Chinatown area and you start craving thin slices of Peking duck and its accompaniments, one of your options is Peking Duck House. The Zagat-rated restaurant occupies a top spot on most people's list for a sit-down dining experience that's a bit fancier than most places in the neighborhood.
And, of course, you must try their specialty—Peking duck, which the wait staff will expertly cut into thin slices while you and your guests watch. Considered a national dish from Beijing, Peking duck was once served to China's emperors, and delights modern-day dignitaries.
Watch as wait staff prepares the roasted duck for your table.
There are various ways to wrap the filling so you can easily savor each bite of tender duck with crispy skin, complemented by slices of scallions, and sometimes, cucumber, too. Do whatever works for you. The objective is to encase the goodies within the pancake, sort of like an eggroll or burrito.
Put a layer each of green scallions and sliced duck over the Hoisin or sweet bean sauce.
There are two locations in the Big Apple—one at 236 East 53rd Street, and the other at 28 Mott Street in Chinatown. Both are popular with employees from nearby offices. So try to time your visit, or call ahead and reserve a table to avoid long waits, especially during lunch and dinner over the work week.
When you do stop by, you'll see why folks flock here to answer their palate's call for Chinese cuisine, especially, Peking duck.