Chinese Friendship Gate
It’s the year of the dragon, and this year Chinese New Year fell on January 23. But rather than a just a one-night party, the celebrations last for a month or more. If you visit your favorite Chinese restaurant, you may still find a number of Chinese New year’s specials.
For the past few years, we have been going to a Chinese New Year banquet with friends at Joy Tsin Lao on Race St. in Chinatown. The evening of food and fun featured a 10 course meal and karaoke entertainment.
This year, we decided to try another restaurant and start our own tradition. We reserved a table for 11 at Sang Kee Peking Duck House, and then headed to Yakitori Boy for some karaoke (I’m sure the rest of the patrons were happy that no one in our group actually took the mic.)
Sang Kee is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Chinatown, and is especially known for it’s roast duck. Besides an extensive regular menu, there are several multi-course options to chose from. We ordered the Peking Duck dinner, which included vegetable wonton soup, Peking duck with pancakes and plum sauce, shredded duck meat with string beans; honey walnut shrimp, chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce, and house special fried rice. All for the very reasonable price of $17.50 per person.
Even if you’ve missed Chinese New Year, this prix fixe menu is always available, and is a fun option for a group.