Many people I speak with who have experienced the treasure of New York City's Chinatown, always rave to me about Peking Duck House, the Chinese restaurant on Mott street that specializes in, well, peking duck. For years this popular joint has not entered my culinary horizon, until three weeks ago, when I finally experienced the place.
My dining companion and I of course just ordered their Peking duck, which I believe cost around $45. The duck is expertly prepared and served with house-made pancakes, green scallions, fresh cucumbers, and their special hoisin sauce. It's very good. When rolled up in the pancake, and with all the condiments added, you can have some truly excellent bites. The skin is perfectly crisp, and it's a well-cooked bird. I will tell you that just eating the duck on its own, lacks flavor, and definitely needs some seasoning. Salt and pepper could have helped the flavor. Is it the best Peking duck in NYC? Probably not. Is it a fun culinary experience. Absolutely.