This Chinatown institution is the place to go in New York for authentic Peking duck. Although the restaurant offers a full Chinese menu, everyone—and we mean everyone—orders the duck. Begin, as most tables do, with an order of Shanghai soup dumplings, then move on to the bird. It's carved table-side with plenty of fanfare—crisp burnished skin separated from moist flesh. Roll up the duck, with hoisin and scallions, in tender steamed pancakes. The menu at the Midtown
East location (236 E. 53rd Street) is a bit pricier.