I tried a new place (for me) in Chinatown and thought I'd mention it for those who may be interested.
It's called Peking Cuisine and it's on Tyler St. across from China Pearl. I went only with my girlfriend so I can't describe a vast array of their foods but I can report that 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered were very very good.
We began with an order of scallion pie and a "Wintermelon and vermicelli" soup for two. Both were excellent. I particularly liked the meatballs with hints of ginger in the soup, as well as the way the wintermelon was thinly sliced.
For main courses I had Sizzling beef with black pepper sauce which was wonderful but not for the faint of heart -- they _really_ mean black pepper sauce, and she had rice cakes (nian gao) with vegetables and slivers of (unidentified) meat. This dish was OK but one can find superiour (and cheaper) rice cake dishes at King Fung Garden (corner of hudson and kneeland).
People at the table next to us ordered a baby bok choy dish that looked crunchy and flavorful. As a bonus it had immense chunks of garlic interspersed with the bright blanched color of the bok choy. I'd have loved to have a taste but alas, custom dictated I not steal their food. :)
Next time I'm in Chinatown I'll probably be back at King Fung because it's consistently excellent and cheap, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Peking Cuisine to a friend. It's a little more expensive, but it's also fairly large, features a small bar, and has two tables overlooking the streets of chinatown.
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