Peking Duck House
28 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
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.
Lunch Box Buffet / 5 Combinations
195 Centre St.
New York, NY 10013
Right down the block from MOCA is one of the biggest rice box combination restaurant I’ve ever seen.
For $4 you can get a takeout box with 3 dishes, rice and a soup. Dine in is 50 cents more. Guess this is not really a “buffet”. There is a huge number of different dishes at this place. I’m not going to name them all, but just take a look at the pictures. Surprisingly many tourists know about this spot, probably because it’s right off Canal St.
Ferrara Bakery located on Grand St has a lot of historical significance however I felt it was too much of a tourist attraction. While there I noticed that 90% were large tourist families. Normally I don’t care what type of customers a place gets, but this was overkill and it felt like I was on vacation.
Our group tried a whole array of desserts and drinks. I felt that only the gelato stood out. It wasn’t overly sweet but very soft. The others weren’t much to write home about and you can similar sweets at a cheaper price in other bakeries.
The setting was meant to be ‘cozy’ but I didn’t have that feeling because there was too much foot traffic and tourists standing around not knowing what to order. Everything on the menu was $7-8 a piece but the quality did not warrent so.
Positives: Famous place, can say that you’ve been there
Negatives: Price, atmosphere, food items not so special