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Peking Duck House - 29 Reviews - 236 E 53 St, New York, NY - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (212) 759-8260

Peking Duck House

236 E 53 St (at 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 759-8260
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Peking Duck House - New York, NY
Peking Duck House - New York, NY
Peking Duck House - New York, NY
Peking Duck House - New York, NY


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My wife, youngest son, and myself just got into NY today and we had already planned on having dinner at the Peking Duck House........I ate there for the first time several years a...


Food...well, the duck is great, hands down! We usually go there just to have ducks. Only better duck I had was actually in the Palace (in Beijing, that is), where they used a th...

Best Meal Ever.......Again 4/7/2012

My wife, youngest son, and myself just got into NY today and we had already planned on having dinner at the Peking Duck House........I ate there for the first time several years ago when it was called Bamboo Garden. I have ate there several times since then and it never lets us down. I can't imagine a better meal than Peking Duck at the Peking Duck House. The Sake is not bad either......always good and always hot!!!! Pros: null Cons: null more

Food is great, but service...well.... 11/19/2011

Food...well, the duck is great, hands down! We usually go there just to have ducks. Only better duck I had was actually in the Palace (in Beijing, that is), where they used a thin steamed bun rather than a wrap. Pros: null Cons: null more

Busy, fun atmosphere 11/9/2011

Friendly, attentive service. Pros: null Cons: null more

Great food and good times! A must go if you like chinese 7/27/2010

Been a customer for a few years running now and I would say if i had time to take a ride downtown I would definitely do so. Midtown is almost as good though. Had the grand marnier shrimp which are my favorite , as well as the seaweed fish which were like chinese fish sticks in a seaweed batter. Mmm. The peking lamb chops are a must try. Too bad it took me 2 years to figure that one out. All in all a very good experience so far. I havent had problems with the service but i guess its hit or miss. My friends and I had a great time drinking and eating there the other night. They will also do it spicy , real spicy if that how you like it. Pros: Great food , good atmosphere , good value Cons: service could be better more

Don't Even Think About It... 7/24/2010

Couldn't believe the service here could be as bad as some of the prior reviews made it out to be, but it was. Absolutely some of the WORST service I have ever experienced. I would never go back again. Not even any alcohol available to help you ignore the inhospitable, unhelpful and downright mean staff - to a man, they act like the fact that you're dining there makes them either bored or angry. While our waiter was carving a duck, there was an entire line of staff standing against a wall doing nothing but waiting - I asked one if he could get me a glass of water and his response was to point to our own waiter (who was busy) and then turn away from me in a rude and dismissive manner. And, although the duck wasn't bad, the food in general was quite ordinary. Pros: None Cons: Service more

Excellent Food 5/1/2010

My boyfriend and were on our way from Boston to Florida and made a stop in NY city. We went to Chinatown and asked a Chinese lady on the street where we can have a good meal. She gave us an address on Mott St., and we headed there. To our surprise, the nice lady was there! she was the owner. She sent to our table free appetizers, the meal was terrific and we were very pleased of their service. Food was delicious, I still think of the great taste of the pork ribs with honey, and the shrimp! I would go again if we have the occasion to go visit NY in the future. Pros: Nice ambience, and great food & service. Cons: It took a little more time than expected more

I <3 THIS RESTAURANT! 12/21/2009

I go to this restaurant very often to enjoy all the meals. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! The food and service was terrific! I read some previous comments about not being able to take the duck home but if you ask a waiter to pack the rest of the duck up for you, they will. I would definitely come back to this restaurant again and invite people. The restaurant had no tacky accessories on them so i would give them a plus on that. I would definitely come back for more soon! Pros: good food Cons: none more

Extremely bad service, ok food....don't bother. 12/13/2009

$50 for a duck is fine. But subject to abuse, arrogance, dissmisive service as a cutomer!! There is no way I go back here. There are other places for good Peking ducks in several Chinatowns in NYC (in Manhattan -- not Peking Duck House since they have same horrible services, Flushing Queens, 8th Ave Brooklyn, and Ave U Brooklyn) Pros: ok food Cons: horrible service. more

Long-Time Customer Deeply Disappointed at Deplorable Service 12/13/2009

I have been a customer of Peking Duck House since 1994 and service has always been grudging and no-nonsense but adequate. Therefore, I do not have high expectations in terms of service. But, the service has turned extremely poor. At today's meal, I asked for four glasses of ice water. It took 10 minutes and I got two glasses of ice water. When my peking duck came, I had to ask for the rice, which should come with the food automatically. When I complained to the manager, the manager said, "yes, yes, yes" and basically dismissed me. This manager dresses like a manager but acts more like a bus-boy. They simply don't give a damn. Pros: Decor Cons: Slow and Bad Service, Food Bland and Cheapening Quality more

Duck duck duck boo 12/12/2009

I went to the one in china town and I was excited about trying something new and i felt disappointed the place was some what nice to look at but the food was boring, cold, and what we payed for was simply not enough for two people........sorry but never again Cons: Cold food not so great service more

Food is excellent! 11/5/2009

Everything was very good. My friend and I had steamed pork dumpling, bbq rib and spring roll appetizers and peking duck. more

Once was enough 11/1/2009

The dining experience was sadly disapointing. The food was cold and tasteless, the service was awful and bill was extremely expensive, I would never visit this establishment again. I found it to be a tourist trap, Being that I am a native New Yorker I will stick with the old faithful chinese restaurants down the block and across the street from The Peking Duck House. Pros: nothing Cons: everything more

Great dining experience 7/11/2009

We are not New Yorkers, if we were, we would be frequent guests at this restaurant. I don't recall how many years we have been dining at this restaurant, at least ten and probably more. When ever we visit New York this is the first dinner reservation we make. They always remember us and even where we like to be seated. The attentive service is almost doting. They always make us feel like special guest.. Pros: The house specialty, Peking Duck Cons: None more

Unhappy, ungracious wait staff, Food not worth the high prices, Manager not responsive to problems 8/10/2008

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. Pros: Quiet, nice atmosphere, although the lights were a bit too bright Cons: Service, Food, Price more

Duck, duck, DUCK! 6/8/2008

Wow, great duck, good service, and decent prices. What more can one ask from a restaurant in Midtown???? more

Two thumbs up! 7/3/2007

I really enjoyed my time here at Peking Duck house. The service was great and the food was very good and light, I came here with friends and we all agreed that we would definitely return to this place. I gave it 5 stars for the fab food! more

Peking duck and braised ham hock 3/7/2007

The peking duck is perfect, but don't forget to order other things on the menu such as the braised ham hock, stir fried green beans, and deep fried beef with vegetables. The service is great. A white table cloth alternative to the usual chinatown barbecue place. more

Superb Dining 2/27/2007

What can I say , the duck it just awesome. I've lived in china for 6 months and nothing comes close to this . We must have better duck here. The chicken and pine nuts are a great way to start, not too heavy but full of taste. Shrimp marnier is one of my favorites too . Depending on what you like the sea bass is a nice specialty that you cant get just anywhere. Overall they do a great job, value is good too. Pros: Good atmoshpere , great food , GET THE DUCK! Cons: frozen drinks need a little work . stick to the mixed ones more

Not Authentic... ingredients not fresh 1/25/2007

Canned mushrooms in soup? For an upscale Chinese restaurant I was not expecting this. Also, it seems that they only give good service to Westerners. I'm Chinese and the manager told me to wrap my own pancakes. You can find better Peking Duck and Chinese food for 1/2 the price in Chinatown. Cons: Ambience more

Duck to die for! 9/24/2006

The downtown location is my favorite, love the peking duck, the location isn't really much to talk about but that duck, best in the city. Pros: Peking duck, Sides, Value Cons: Decor more
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Midtown and Chinatown locations serve classic Chinese and specialty Peking duck in modern, dimly lit atmosphere crowded by loyal locals.

Owner Message

  • At Peking Duck, we prepare well in advance. Firstly air is pumped into the duck to stretch and loosen the skin, then boiling water is repeatedly spread over the bird, which is then carefully dried, the dried skin is rubbed all over with maltose, and the duck is then roasted in a hot oven for a period of time until the meat is tender and the skin crispy. Then the duck is served with house-made pancakes, green scallions, fresh cucumbers and special hoisin sauce.Private rooms available for Christmas parties.


  • Midtown and Chinatown locations serve classic Chinese and specialty Peking duck in modern, dimly lit atmosphere crowded by loyal locals.

  • 3/29/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 11:45am-10:30pm Fri-Sat 11:45am-11pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Midtown East, Midtown East (Turtle Bay)