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Peking Duck House

I have an early morning appointment tomorrow, so I’m going to go out early for a Sunday dinner and then come home and guzzle beer till I pass out go to bed early. I rarely eat duck, but I’ve been craving it lately and there’s a place in Chinatown I’ve always wanted to try called, The Peking Duck House. As you can see from their name, Peking Duck is their speciality, so let’s go check it out.

And here we are at the Canal Street station. Up above is Chinatown, let's go get Sunday Night dinner!

And here we are, now we just need to find Mott Street, I think it's straight down Canal.

Okay, we're almost there!

And baboom, here we are at the Peking Duck House!

Let's go in, I hope there's not a long line.

Holy freakin' moley, it's packed in here!

Here's the front half of the restaurant, no seats here.

And the back half is full too, I gave my name to the host about five minutes ago. Hopefully this won't turn into a Seinfled episode!

We're in luck, the guy just told me there's a table downstairs. I didn't even know there was a downstairs, but here we go!

And here's my table, very nice!

And here's Lin with a bottle of Tsingtao beer. Now the evening has officially started!

Right now the table is an empty pallete, but I've placed my order and it won't be long.

And here's my neighbors from the table next to me, the Bass family. They were wondering if I was a food critic, so I told them about my blog. Maybe they're looking at themselves right now!

I ordered the hot and sour soup to start with. Look at how big the portion is! This could be my whole meal!

It was great, but I can't eat all of it, or I'll never have room for the duck.

And here's the main course, the chef slices it up for you at the carving table.

He's quick with the knife, in a couple of minutes...

It's plated and ready to eat! It looks great!

It's served with a caldron of fresh, hot, pancakes.

Here's some of the duck on the pancake topped with scallions and brown hoisin sauce.

Delicious! I came to the right place to get my Peking Duck fix!

All done, I couldn't eat all of it, but I made a pretty good dent in it.

And my fortune reads: "May you have great luck." Sounds good to me!

Well, the fortune cookie lied. The train has been stalled here near Prince Street for close to twenty minutes now.

But it does give me time to admire the shine on my shoes. Well worth the five bucks! See you all tomorrow!

My Meal
The signature dish at Peking Duck House is of course, Peking Duck and it’s what most people come here for. The dinner is served with the duck sliced on a platter and the meat is tender and juicy with crackling, crisp skin. It’s served with hot, soft pancakes, scallions and brown hoisin sauce. The presentation is elegant and delicious. You can get a single order or there’s group dining deals for Peking Duck dinners for between two to eight people.

There’s lots of other entrees, specialties and house specials on the menu, but hey, you’re at the Peking Duck House, get the duck already! In some online reviews it says this place is a BYOB restaurant, but they now serve beer and wine.

Peking Duck House
28 Mott St. (Near Mosco St.)

Further Reading: Eater NY, New York Magazine and Honest Cooking.

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Reader Comments (42)

I'm getting fat reading your posts from the weekend !

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Don't know if you know this trick but if you add the words "in bed" at the end fortunes from the fortune cookies, it's much more amusing and others say by doing so the fortune has more chance of coming true.

Oooooh, I love duck. (I like game meat/food).

I was at Jimmys No. 43 on Sunday for its 2nd annual "Duck-Off", and for $20 was a 10 course tasting buffet. It was ok, but too foodie -- I really didn't wanna hear the life story of the duck and its preparation. If I'd have known this was your venture, I would've joined you instead.

Also, the peking duck here in Peking Duck House is authentic and better than that of Momofu[c]k[u] and without the attitude and snobbery.


March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresquared

Nice presentation. I usually get the $1 Peking Duck sandwich for my mom in Flushing. Works in a pinch.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim

I like Mrs. Bass's outfit, what she showing off her bra? Very nice, ooh la la!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMykola Mick Dementiuk

@GENE: I'm just having salads the next couple nights!

@esquared: I've never heard of that fortune cookie trick, very funny! I wish I'd have let you know, hopefully next time! And I didn't know Jimmy's had events like that, I just checked out their website, thanks for the link! I hope you can make the Odessa Cash Mob this Wednesday!

@Kim: Where do you get the one buck duck sandwich? Sounds like a good deal!

@Mykola Mick Dementiuk: You pervert! Ha ha ha! I was too busy looking at the duck!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

That hot and sour soup and Peking duck looks outrageously good! You just can’t get good Chinese food in Miami.

The other night I had a bottle of wine from China (an up and coming wine producer) called: Great Wall White, made from Dragon’s Eye grapes; it was a dry and crisp wine; not great but not bad.

Have you ever stopped in to the Eastern States Buddhist Temple at 64 Mott St.?
For a buck donation, you can get Buddhist Fortune Scroll, it’s just like a fortune cookie, except there’s no cookie and the fortunes are always a huge dose of reality, sometimes too much so! You really have to get one for yourself to get the full effect. The temple also has literally hundreds of Buddhas in varying sizes and colors, but you need to go in the back room where most tourists dare not to venture.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

@Marty & esqared; "NO DUCK FOR YOU!" - the Momofu[c]k[u] Peking Duck Nazi.
Seriously, that looked absolutely scrumptious. Made the fillings in what remains of my teeth cry out with yearning!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Beat the hell out of my Sunday evening, laying in pile of crumpled newspaper and dirty laundry and quietly weeping.

p.s. that duck looked pretty effing good.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous271

Looks good, but that photo down the staircase gave me the willies. I'm still suffering claustrophobic aftershocks from eating in the basement at Woo Hop four years ago. Good food but I was so freaked out I couldn't enjoy myself - just kept an eye on that one little door leading to that one looong narrow stairway up to the street.
The presentation of the duck looks much nicer than that scene in "A Christmas Story". Fah ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrink

Your fortune would be "May you have luck...in bed".

I'm there for the Odessa Cash Mob, esp. if there were also a flash mob of no pants or a silent rave, or...dun, dun, dun....a Lady Gaga flash mob.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresquared

I don't understand why one has to go upstairs after getting off the subway at Canal Street. Why go upstairs when invariably one winds up going back downstairs? The Canal Street stop needs an underground door to the Canal Street underground hallway. Then again, maybe the MTA is afraid of daytime vampires.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercsp

I love the duck scene in "Christmas Story" and I love duck..
My dad made duck one year for Christmas and my best girlfriend came with me to visit them. She is jewish.. he made duck instead of ham.Jewish people don't eat duck either though.. she did actually try the duck.. don't tell her mom.

OK quick story.. I was waiting for the 30 Stockton bus in SF headed to Chinatown. A women in front of me had a small bag that quacked.
The bus driver so NO PETS. she replied.. "not pet.. DINNER"
He told her unless it was a seeing eye pet no live animals on the bus.
So she got off the bus
stepped on the ducks head and killed it and then got back on the bus paid her dollar and yelled in his face.. "NOT PET

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@Martin: That surprises me that Miami doesn't have any decent Chinese restaurants! I'll definitely check out Eastern States Buddhist Temple, next time I'm in the neighborhood, thanks for the tip!

@Jaws: Ha ha ha! It was seriously the best duck I've ever had. I hope you're back on solid foods soon! At least you've probably still got Vicodin, I'm jealous of that!

@anonymous271: You need to learn to weep loudly, it makes it more fun! And yes, the duck was delicious!

@Katrink: I've been to Wo Hop and they do pack them in there! And I thought of that same scene from "Christmas Story" last night too!

@esquared: Cool, looking forward to finally meeting you this Wednesday! And thanks for the links, the Gaga one is crazy!

@csp: Technically you don't have to go upstairs, but instead of duck, your meal would be rat tartare, if you're lucky!

@Gidget: That story is wild! The bus driver must've freaked out!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Marty, If you continue to eat like this, your gonna be talking about Ramen Noodles & beer at your apartment.
I love the juicy duck with crackling, crisp skin. I go to a great Thai place that makes it that way.
Marty, can you add a time stamp on the comments section? I'm always curious when people are posting comments.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanny the Freelancer

@TWM: I hear you, but just saying.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercsp

I am so jealous of your weekend food line-up! I could eat one of those ducks at every meal for the rest of my life! Mmmmmmm!!

Hahhahahaha!! Esquared is right, forgot about that little fortune cookie "trick." My grandfather used to open the fortune cookie and say "Help! I'm being held captive in the kitchen" hahahaha!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

So this guy walks into the doctor's office with this big white duck on his head.

The doctor looks up and says, "Yes, sir, can I help you?"

And the duck says,

"Yeah, can you get this guy’s head outta my ass?

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenny Youngman

Hahahah Henny !

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@Danny: That's kind of the menu I have when I don't go out for TWM! There's no option to time stamp comments, but I'll check with my host and see what they say.

@csp: Ha! But I took the Q train.

@Lindsay: If I could afford it, I would too! Too funny about your grandfather!

@Henny: Rimshot!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

@Gidget: Just now, I poured myself a tall glass of seltzer with ice and lots lime juice, and started reading some of the comments. While simultaneously taking a mouthful of seltzer and reading: "NOT PET DINNER" I passed my mouthful of seltzer through my nose. Lime juice really stings hurts like a motherfucker when it comes into contact with ones septum!

PS: Had to change my shirt too…..

My favorite duck joke:
A duck walks into a Bar and asks, "Got any duck food?"

The bartender replies, "No, I'm sorry, but this is a Bar."

The next day the duck walks into the same Bar and asks, "Got any duck food?"

"No, I told you yesterday - this is a Bar."

The next day the duck walks into the same Bar and asks, "Got any duck food?"

"What's the matter with you? I told you No twice already - if you ask me one more time I'll nail your fucking bill to the floor!"

The third day the duck walks into the same Bar and asks: "Got any nails?"

"Nails? No I don’t have nails, this is a fucking Bar!"

And the duck says: "Good. Got any duck food?"

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

I had to google Cash Flash Mob. What an awesome idea. I have plans but I think I might be able to sneak over there for a quick beer when it kicks off at 6.

Every time I think of going to Chinatown, I'm unnerved by the number of places to go and invariably go nowhere. Anyone know of a good place for veggie friendly chinese there?

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpike

@Spike: Try House of Vegetarian on Mott street

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

@Martin: Too funny about you reading Gidget's story! And I loved the duck joke, never heard that one before!

@Spike: I hope to see you tomorrow! And I agree with Martin, I've eaten at the House of Vegetarian and it's great! It's not far from Peking House of Duck.

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

I think your luck started early - the downstairs seems to have a nicer ambiance than up. The duck looks fantastic - I love that they serve it with a side of green onions (Booker T...paging Booker T.). And the hot and sour soup looks eggily delicious! In bed.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: Love the Booker T. reference! Yes, the luck started early...and then it ended. In bed. (Look at what you started esquared!)

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Hi Marty, I have never had duck!!!! But my Goose has been cooked more than once....

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertehennessey

My wife tells me the Peking Duck House was/is Mayor Ed Koch's favorite place in Chinatown.

Martin that duck joke was too much.

Howard the Duck would be proud. Wait a second, not with his cousin on the menu he wouldn't.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaveW

not kidding here at all..
I am drinking seltzer with lime! and I just read your joke.but i spit my seltzer back in my glass.
that way i dont waste any..
or have to take my shirt off:)
am i supposed to add in bed to that cause that takes on a whole new fucking meaning.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@tehennessey: Ha ha ha! My goose was cooked on several of the same occasions!

@DaveW: I wouldn't doubt it, the place is legendary! Forgot all about Howard the Duck!

@Gidget: That is so funny and so is this: "am i supposed to add in bed to that cause that takes on a whole new fucking meaning." Ha ha ha!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

May you have great duck, Marty. You are a true New Yorker. What more can I say than via duct?

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

This delicious duck post reminds of a story from my childhood! Have a great evening!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterProfessor Dungpie

@Marco: Thank you sir, I take that as an ideal compliment!

@Professor Dungpie: So what's the story, Professor? Happy evening to you too!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

i am admitting i love howard the duck and some of my friends are extras in the movie!
in bed

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

MY favorite place. I've been to the PDH in the W. 50's more times than the Chinatown restaurant. They both rock. Planning a trip there soon.
Yum..I love duck!!!!!Feel no way Donald,Huey,Dewey and Louie.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Glad your wait didn't tuen into a Seinfeld episode.
However, the subway ride did.
Gidget's story 'Quacked' me up too.
Sorry we missed Daddio, we'll catch up this week.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

TURN into a Seinfeld episode.
Motherducking un-editable posts!

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Great website.
Like many other people here, I too love Howard the Duck.
I only hope that one day soon it will be re-released in glorious 3-D, digitally remastered, and available for purchase in a collector's edition High Def Blu-Ray format.
I also think Brazilian Waxes and root canals are both delightful and underrated.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Lucas

@Gidget: I've never seen Howard the Duck. In bed.

@Melanie: I've never been to the one in the 50's, I'll have to check it out.!

@"Boris:" Yeah, the subway ride was a little Seinfeldian! Sorry about the uneditable posts, Daddio, let's catch up soon!

@George Lucas: Hopefully you’ll become a sponsor today!

March 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

@marco - Is the "viaduct" a Marx Bros. reference?
Sorry, I don't know how to embed links, but if you cut and paste into your browser you'll see that this is indeed relevant!

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrink

@Katrink: Ha ha ha! Thanks for the link, Marco's reference went right over my empty head!

March 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

Nice write up, it really brings the meal to life, as much as a blog post can I reckon. The food looks tasty, might have to go get me some peking duck now.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlegitimate beef

@legitimate beef: Thanks glad you enjoyed it! If you go there, you may have to change your handle to "legitimate duck" though!

March 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

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