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This NYC Restaurant Serves Flaming Duck With the Crispiest Skin Ever

New York City Restaurants + Bars
by Matador Creators Jan 11, 2023

It’s no secret that New York City has some of the best Chinese restaurants in the US. From Chinatown in Lower Manhattan to Flushing in Queens, New Yorkers are never far from delicious dishes like soup dumplings, bao buns, and Peking duck. But one restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, Hutong, lays claim to a Peking duck preparation unlike any other — the kind that’s served whole, tableside, and on fire for maximally crispy skin with a hearty side of showmanship.

@foodwtf This duck is on FIRE… literally 🔥 It’s set aflame at your table for extra crispy skin 🤤 📍Hutong in #NYC 🎥 @Food Network #foodie #nyceats #foodtiktok #nycrestaurant #chinesefood ♬ Strut – Kyle Walker

Located in the mixed-use 731 Lexington Avenue skyscraper, Hutong specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine, dim sum, and cocktails that evoke the glitziness of the Roaring Twenties in a glamorous Art Deco setting. Hutong’s only stateside location, the New York City outpost opened in 2019 in the footsteps of a Hong Kong flagship and a London location that launched in 2013. A fourth Hutong restaurant has since opened in Dubai.

Elegant and indulgent from top to bottom, Hutong takes its culinary artistry to the next level with its Flaming Duck experience, helmed by chef and barbecue master Martin Mak. The experience is only available to five parties per night, with reservations available at 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM, and 8:30 PM. You can reserve bookings online from Monday to Thursday, and all online bookings for Hutong’s Flaming Duck must be paid for in advance.

If you’re dying to eat at Hutong but can’t get a reservation for the fiery spectacle, have no fear — half and whole Peking ducks are also available on the restaurant’s a la carte menu, which also has plenty of options for vegetarians, pescatarians, and diners who prefer dim sum-style meals. Hutong also has a variety of specialty menus, including a social hour menu with drinks and snacks, a prix fixe lunch menu in the restaurant’s Shanghai lounge, a brunch menu, and an all-you-can-eat-in-two-hours bubbles and bao menu that’s served in the Shanghai bar.

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