If you want inexpensive Cantonese food without pretensions, head to Chinatown. If you prefer to be pampered and don't mind spending a lot of money, then this is the place, which has been elegantly serving classic Chinese fare for more than four decades. Supposedly the dish orange beef was first made here. Indeed, it's certainly worth a sample, but there's so much more. Beijing pan-fried dumplings make a good starter, and rack of lamb Szechuan-style, grilled with scallions and garlic, is a popular entrée. The "Lion's Head," a slow-baked pork dish, is one of the most tender porky things you'll eat. Beijing duck, served tableside with thin pancakes, is a signature dish here—and for good reason.
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