Long Island Pekin Brings Excellent Duck and Dumplings to Babylon

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The star of the show at Long Island Pekin is, of course, the duck—but don’t discount the dumplings. • Photo courtesy of Alamy

I guarantee I am not the only one excited about the new promise of Peking duck on Long Island. 

Duck eaters of Long Island: You have met your match. Long Island Pekin has officially opened in Babylon Village, and you will not be disappointed. Jason Lee, an alum of Melville’s now-closed sushi bar Kenta, is a partner in this new venture, which hinges on a handful of mostly poultry-centric dishes, including Peking duck, Hainanese chicken, Hong Kong duck, and char siu (which stars pork). 

The Peking is the star, of course—the restaurant bears its name. Carved tableside, it arrives whole for just under $60. The Hong Kong duck can also be ordered in a half portion. Hanianese chicken is a poached specimen, served with ginger and scallions. It’s also available in whole and half portions. Meats are cooked in a traditional “hung oven,” which is what produces that crisp-crackle skin. Just try to reproduce it at home. I dare you. 

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The menu reaches far beyond meat, with a dazzling array of dumplings and bao (buns), noodles (Sinagpore street noodles, egg noodles, flat noodles—all sautéed with bell pepper, onion, carrot, and scallion), a selection of shared bites, and an entire category dedicated to Chinese pastry. There’s a lunch menu, for those looking for a more casual undertaking—the Peking duck is not available, but the Hong Kong roast duck is. 

An added bonus? Long Island Pekin offers dumpling platters to go: 25, 50, or 100 assorted traditional dumplings, already cooked, a mix of pork, chicken, and vegetable, for about $1 a dumpling. Better yet, you can buy the pork variety frozen, in the same quantities, but for less dough, and store them in the freezer for when dumpling crises arise. Welcome to the neighborhood, Long Island Pekin. We’re happy to have you.