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Peking Duck House
Posted by Edgar on 03/20/2008
I've been here twice, and this is one of the few restaurants in the city I would never go to again. First time I went, their beef was over saturated with corn starch or something when they marinated it, cause it just tasted terrible. Moreover, they rush you and don't pay any respect to your dining experience. The wait staff is not nice here, at all. I was in a group of 10. So, one would figure they would like our business. Besides that beef, the food was acceptable, though not great. Duck was ok. When I went a second time, I went with my girlfriend. They sat us down. When the couple next to us, left, we asked if we could move to their table. The waiter told us the table was for 4 people. When I pointed out to them that two people were just sitting there, the waiter simply looked away and ignored me. If there was ever a time, I was ever disrespected at a restaurant, this would be it. My girlfriend and I stood up, got our jackets and went to another restaurant in Chinatown. The moral of the story is, even though service and politeness isn't exactly chinatown's forte, they should still respect you and work for your patronage. And if not, there are plenty of other restaurants more deserving of your money. I hope this restaurant goes out of business.
Posted by Lucky on 01/03/2008
i will only say that the wait staff is rude. we have been to this restaurant many times to eat peking duck and it is not very good. If you look at the scallion closely it is dry and not fresh. the appetizer prawn is not prawn it is just shrimp and because of that they over charge you. If i had a car i would just head straight to Tung Shing House in queens for peking duck. i am a duck lover and i know what i am eating. Wait staff one day, at peking duck house, decided to put a service charge on us for 2 people as if we are mandatory to pay. so i thought they do this to everybody. the table next to us also 2 people have also just got their check. so i asked them if they also have the 15% charge on their bill and they said no. so my husband went up to the manager who gave us the bill and asked we are charge 15% and that this is not the way it works that we tip them base on their performance. the manager got upset and insisted on the 15%. so my husband got upset too and said here is your tip and gave them a penny. i wouldn't go there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2008
Peking ducks are NOT prepared like this. Maybe fine for the tour bus crowd, but it does not resemble real chinese food at all. The way the duck is sliced ( An art in itself) is a horror. The pancakes tastes more like tortillas. There is no art nor love for the cuisine. Don't be a clueless tourist, please...
Posted by Luna on 12/14/2007
I have dined here pretty often and it is true what the other reviewers have said. Where's the duck? If you go to the take out restaurants, order half a duck, it's plenty more than the "whole" duck they serve here and it's a fraction of the price. It's not peking duck but it's full of flavor. Some of the waiters are rude, simply because they see us but they wont come to us, so we figure it's because we're chinese. All the other tables were everything but chinese. Trust me it's not the first time, so I'm not simply saying this for the fun of it. Another time, I had made a tiramisu dessert cake for my friends birthday, we had them stored it. Another table had a birthday also and 5 waiters went to them and sung. When it came our turn, 1 waiter was singing, lol. He took away the cake. When we had asked for it back, he looked at us like he didn't know what we were talking about. It took us a couple of times and hand gesturing for him to realize we wanted it back. The food, some, do lack flavoring. The Peking duck is not the best, it's gotten worse and smaller over the years. Dumplings are dry. Ribs lack flavor besides the honey coating.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2007
The best chinese food in New York. If someone knows better let me know. AP
Posted by Megan on 02/27/2007
I eat at many chinese restaurants and this is now one of my favorites. I waited till my third visit to write this review. Ive had the duck every time and it comes out crispy and delectable . The volcano steak is super tender although it had a bit of rum taste after they do the volcano show. The shrimp mariner is great they give you large shrimp and make them very crispy before before putting on the sauce and walnuts. The chicken and pine nuts is way better than PF changs , you may need to ask for some extra lettuce. The place may be the cleanest in chinatown and has great ambiance for the area too. Staff is average service is quick . For the money its very hard to beat , especially in the city.
Posted by Real NYer Knows all on 01/05/2007
I have been going to The Peking Duck House forever now! And I love it each time. I have been going to the one in China Town forever (only been to the one on the east side 50's a few times). You want the whole duck... Here is the trick... Back in the day they brought the whole duck, breast and bones and all... Well not anymore (its a money thing they want you to order more food). Well if you want the whole duck all you have to do is ASK for the whole duck. When the guy comes over to cut it, say that you want the BONES and they will give it to you... The one on Motts Street may make you take it home and not eat at the table, but the one in the 50's give it to you at the table... So ENJOY your whole duck!