I recently spent a weekend in New York City with my daughter Amanda. It was definitely much colder than Orlando, and the geography was significantly different. It was a welcome change, and it gave us the opportunity to be tourists. We rode the subway to Little Italy, took the tram to Roosevelt Island, nabbed great photos of the skyline, walked up and down Times Square, hung out at Rockefeller Center, strolled Park Ave, and explored Chinatown. We spent a lot of time, too, searching for the perfect cannoli. (I think it’s possible that we ate our way through the city.)
The first night in the city we met up with Chris and Steve, two of ONO’s guest authors (Chris is my brother). We had lunch at Lombardi’s earlier that day, and decided on the Peking Duck House in Chinatown for dinner. As you might guess, the Peking Duck House “is all about the duck” and is “one of the most sophisticated arts of Chinese cooking” as touted on the PDH website.
I’m not a fan of duck regardless of how it’s cooked, but I tried it, and I was immediately hooked. The duck was crispy and succulent and downright delish! The Peking Duck House delivered as promised.
The Peking Duck Dinner is about $29 per person. The Peking Duck Dinner serves 4-8, and 4 is the minimum. It’s served with pancakes, scallions, cucumbers, and special sauce; appetizers; soup; 2-6 entrees, depending on the number in your group; and, dessert.
We had six in our group, so we ate appetizers (steamed dumpling, spring roll and barbecued beef); our choice of hot and sour, won ton, or house special duck soup; four entrees—General Tso’s Chicken, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, Crispy String Beans with Minced Pork, and Sliced Beef with Broccoli.
Fried Banana with Walnut was served for dessert. The Peking Duck House offers more than just its delicious roast duck. Appetizers range from $3.50 – $32.00; Chinese Specialilites run $12.25 – $75.00 (Shark’s Fin); and House Specialialites are $14.50 on up.
Service was excellent. The food was served fairly soon after we ordered, and it was freshly cooked (no heat lamps or microwave dinners). If you ever have the chance to visit Chinatown in New York, the Peking Duck House is a must. You won’t be disappointed. Make a reservation though; it’s packed with loyal patrons.
Peking Duck House New York, NY, 10013 Phone:(212) 227-1810 On the web