I guess I expected too much from a restaurant that specializes in Peking Duck. When I studied abroad in China, I went to the original Peking Duck house in Beijing. The restaurant served famous people such as Dr. Sun Yat-Sun and Mao Zedong. Perhaps you can say I was spoiled but I didn’t see what was so special about the duck there.
The house special Peking Duck dinner at Peking Duck House is too much. At $35 per head for a duck plus two entrees for four people. That means its $140 for a duck, two dishes some hot and sour soup and dessert. Pretty ridiculous for a restaurant on Mott St. (I have a feeling the deal is for people who don’t know better.)
If you want to visit the restaurant, then just get dishes and share it family style, including the duck by itself. It’s much better deal and you get more ‘real’ food. Our group was split in half, so I had the chance to experience both. I really enjoyed the walnut shrimps because the shrimps were gigantic. Amazingly, I enjoyed the General Tsao’s Chicken and Sweet and Sour fried pork chops. The sesame chicken was not as good but really what is the difference?
There are extra seating downstairs in case you think its a full house. Decor is pretty modern and clean, they allow you to BYOB so you can get quite tipsy for cheap.