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Posted by Michelle Nash Savett on 04/01/2012
Posted by Bumbelbee on 09/11/2011
On our recent visit to NYC from abroad, we wanted to experience some authentic Chinese food, preferably Peking Duck. What a rip off! We chose the House Special menu and started off with a nice wonton soup. The appetizers were okay too. A couple at the other table had found something strange in their Peking Duck and after some discussion with the waiter, their duck was returned to the kitchen and replace with a new one. When we were served our half Peking Duck, it was surprisingly the only one that was not carved at the table next to us but came straight from the kitchen. As did another couple's who had also ordered the menu. Rather strange coincidence. The duck itself was almost cold, the pancakes too thick and we had pretty much lost our appetite. With dessert came the bill - without us having asked for it - and to our surprise the tip had been added on automatically. Not sure whether this is customary in the US but for sure it did not allow us to tip less than 15% for awful service, bad food and a suspicious duck dinner. Hopefully we'll have better luck next time finding an authentic place that is worth the trip.
Posted by anonymous on 08/19/2010
I came here since my Chinese restaurant friend visiting from the Midwest was excited about it. (My parents owned/operated a Chinese rest., as does he...) Peking Duck House? I am SO disappointed. The outside was not crispy, and the inside seemed bland and rubbery. It came with a vat of watery Hoisin sauce, along with some doughy tortilla-like pancakes, and a small dish of a few scallions and cucumber. Otherwise, the service was mediocre. Inside was freezing (AC blasting- it must've been 60F in there!) The "regular" food we ordered was OK (steamed juicy buns; pork/pepper dish). I would NEVER recommend this place for the Peking Duck. There are so many other places for great Chinese food (it being in Chinatown and all...), as well as Peking Duck, so I suppose I'd never recommend this place for anything but cooling down on an 85F day in a heat wave.
Posted by Kim M. on 08/13/2009
I have been to the Peking Duck House two times now, both times ordering only the $40 Peking Duck. My review ratings are based solely on the duck experience. While the duck is definitely pricey, it is quite succulent. Also, you are paying for a quiet and more upscale dining experience than your average Chinatown eatery. I would definitely agree with the other reviewer that mentioned the lack of crispiness in the skin. It's good, but not entirely crispy. In my opinion though, the flavor and moistness of the duck more than makes up for the lack of skin crisp.
Posted by Kevin on 07/15/2009
From the moment you walk in, you feel like you're not in Chinatown anymore. We asked for house soup which was acknowledged with a blank stare. We ordered the triple delight, crispy duck, and ribeye which were all too bland. We actually had to ask for chopsticks and water and were initially only given half a portion of rice. The food was overpriced and did not sit well with me at all. Do yourself a favor and take your money and your stomach elsewhere.
Posted by yao on 05/01/2009
loved the peking duck but I think it is a ripoff that they carve the meat off the duck and then bring the duck with most of the small pieces of meat on it back to the kitchen. the duck they give you is delicious but there was probably 2 or 3 times as much meat still on the bones. it may not be civilized but the meat you eat right off the bone is the best part!
Posted by WestVillager on 01/01/2009
We were group of 8. Our total came to $420. Each put $53 for this meal. We had Duck specials.The duck was dry and bland. The hoisin sauce was watery and missing some flavor. The cucumber and scallions were not cut fine. The thin crepe was good but I prefer to eat with buns. Sauteed broccoli was okay but it was not Chinese broccoli. String beans were tasty. Eggplant with garlic sauce was okay. Fried Sliced Prawns was okay but the batter was too thick.