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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.

Peking Duck House specialty

Enjoy flavor-packed Chinese fare in a casual, family-friendly venue where the setting includes tables covered with crisp, white linens, and patrons engaged in lively conversations.

Their menu offerings include pan-fried noodles topped with pork, chicken, beef, vegetables, shrimp or other seafood items.

Pan-fried noodles with shrimp and assorted vegetables.

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.

Once your Peking duck has been sliced and arranged on a platter, you're all set to try your hand at wrapping up pieces in one of the house-made pancakes.

Fresh and warm house-made pancakes.

Spread some of the special sauce over a pancake.

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.

Fold one pancake end over your filling of scallions and duck.

Fold the other pancake end over, until the filling is sandwiched inside. Or fold all four sides over so filling is completely encased in pancake.

Choose from among the Peking duck options suitable for a party of four to eight persons. Your inclusions are a choice of soup, appetizers and entrees.

An entree option - sliced beef with orange flavor.

Or how about sauteed prawns with ginger and scallions as another entree?

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.

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Why? Enjoy flavorful Peking duck in a venue that specializes in the menu item
When: Open daily. Hours vary by location. Check website for details.
Phone: Chinatown - (212) 227-1810; Midtown - (212) 759-8260
Where: Two Manhattan branches - 236 East 53rd Street and 28 Mott Street.
Cost: Prices vary. Menu items vary by location.
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