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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.

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