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Posted by Mike D on 08/18/2009
It has been quite some time since I have had such a splendid Peking or Beijing meal, and it is often difficult to find a Chinese restaurant that will serve this dish on request without 24hrs notice. Excellent service, great food. The wine list was a bit disappointing, but not unreasonable on the prices, just lacked a wide choice range. The décor is very modern and bright, which will for some not create the best atmosphere. Still, it is on my best picks (globally) for Peking Duck.
Posted by anonymous on 07/31/2009
I love Chinese cuisine and particularly Peking duck. Being a Chinese native, I have tasted many excellent peking ducks. I have to say this is the worst of all. The duck tasted soggy, the sauce was too sweet, and the pancake was rubbery. We had 13 diners and they only served us one duck! The rest of the dishes (beef, chicken, shrimp, fish) taste like overwhelmingly artificial chemical sauce! We did not have any soft drink or alcohol. Only water and poor quality tea. They charged us about $700. I went home and had a piece of bread and milk.
Posted by FOODIE4EVER on 10/20/2008
This was by far the best duck I've had in the city ! Great crispy skin and flavorful meat. All I can say is I'll be back for sure!
Posted by Eddie on 08/10/2008
I dined at the E 53rd st. location with 2 friends this past week on a Tues. (8/5/08). Atmosphere was elegant and sparse although the lights were a bit too bright. Our waiter was an older Chinese man who seemed unhappy in his job. He was efficient, but unfriendly, and he scowled when we asked for food with no Garlic. We ordered the sizzling rice soup with shrimp for two ($9.50). The rice was not at all sizzling and the broth was devoid of any taste whatsoever. All three of us sent back the watery mess without eating it and it was taken off the check. For the main course we ordered Gran Marnier Prawns which is described as being "finished in a refreshing sauce w. a hint of citrus." I can't be sure, but the sauce tasted suspiciously like Jello brand lemon custard and had the same consistency as custard. I'm not exaggerating. I would bet that Jello brand lemon custard was in fact the base of this sauce! It was definitely an unnatural taste that smacked of a taste laboratory off the Jersey Tpk. The Sliced Beef w. Scallops were good, but were served with sliced Garlic, after we had specifically asked our server to tell the chef no garlic. We spoke with the manager after we finished (and left about half the food on the plate) and he politely listened to our very specific complaints, but that was it. We weren't asking him for anything but even so, he did nothing. No complimentary dessert or apertif was offered, the check was not discounted, and no real apology. All three of us are New Yorkers to the core, we live locally and are experienced diners. We chose not to tip at all. We will not go back.
Posted by fat guy knows his food on 07/03/2008
The Beef satay and Peking Duck are simply treasures of this city. Anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong. Its a little pricey but SOOO worth it.
Posted by grana on 07/02/2008
couldn't help to thinks that they put sugar in every dish starting with appetizers, duck sauce and main courses. just unbearable. duck not just mediocre but very little of it. rest strolls away to the kitchen and will probably end up in duck soup or other duck dishes. service very attentive and helpful (will tell you how to eat for example seafood basket). for sure i will never be back: too expensive and just low class food not much different then chinese on the corner.
Posted by Joyisme on 01/07/2008
Yes, the downtown location is more authentic. However, for midtown if one has a yen for good upscale Chinese food - it is consistent, nicely presented and the atmosphere is pleasant and spacious. I am happy to bring guests here for authentic Chinese food without having to deal with the bustle/hassle of Chinatown. Best dishes: the Filet Mignon w/bok choy, the Grand Marnier Prawns, Young Chow fried rice - Peking Duck is good too (not the best but good) but you need more than 3 people to really enjoy. All in all dinner for two with drinks & tip - under $100, nice place. It never fails me. Highly recommend!