Connect With Us Connect With Us Newsletter Connect with us

Duck at Decoy

It's a duck dynasty

Everyone’s going quackers for this Red Farm offshoot, tucked below Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld’s super-popular West Village Chinese restaurant. Despite the name, there’s nothing misleading about what’s good here: the duck dinner ($65). Get it. The feast begins with homemade pickles to open the palate, and then Decoy chips — fried branzino skins with a spicy sambal dip — which are delicious enough to rival the main event. Diners can choose further starters, and the foie gras and strawberry tarts — slabs of liver set atop pastry cups with a duck head cracker and strawberry “wings” — are poised to unseat Ng’s own Pac Man dumplings as the cutest food ever.


Duck at Decoy (Photo: Evan Sung)

Duck at Decoy (Photo: Evan Sung)

Freshmade pancakes, and shots of intense duck consommé, arrive with the main, a platter of perfection: perfectly crisp, lacquered skin covering impossibly moist meat, so flavorful that the three sauces — hoisin, cranberry and peanut — are barely needed. The serving is very generous, which means the accompanying fried rice is likely to go home in a ducky bag. It’s all served with more care and atmosphere than you’ll ever find in Chinatown these days. Just look for the neon duck in the window on Hudson, though Decoy needs no lure other than that real, delicious bird.

529 Hudson St.

Popular Buys

Popular Reads

  • ‘Wolf Hall’ will be presented on Broadway in two parts (Photo: Johan Persson)

    The 18 Most Anticipated Broadway Shows for Spring 2015

    Read More
  • Test Your NY IQ

    What's Your New York IQ?

    Read More
  • Hotels for Families in NYC

    10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Read More
  • 10 Spots in NYC for the Ultimate Skyline Views

    Read More
  • Arms & Armor Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    10 Things You Can't Miss at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Read More