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Peking Duck in S.F. for a bachelor party group -- YUET LEE, HING LUNG OR MANDARIN?

Louie's sounds fun, I will call and inquire about private rooms. My hunch from user reviews on citysearch.com is that the food is probably fine for caucasians like us who don't have as strong a palette for Chinese food? I'm a lover of Chinese food, use chopsticks and have eaten it all my life, but I'm not necessarily a "connoisseur," ya know? Not going to be comparing it to whta my grandma made. But the key is the peking duck -- are they known for it there? I want it to be GREATTTT!

Aug 19, 2006
Hubby2Be in San Francisco Bay Area

Peking Duck in S.F. for a bachelor party group -- YUET LEE, HING LUNG OR MANDARIN?

We are not of Asian descent, all Caucasian. But the idea of eating the crispy skin first intrigues me, I'm up for it and won't be skimping on calories that night! Renting a private room is probably out of our price range, at least if it requires a separate room fee. There will probably be 8 guys, so $3-$400 for the meal is not too much to ask, but I'd like it to be fantastic to pay that much. Honestly I haven't thought too much about money, just know that big extras like a room rental fee are probably out of our range, I don't want to ask my brothers and friends to fork over too much. I was hoping they could spend $40-70 each on the night and that includes dinner, drinks out and Bart. Maybe that's unrealistic?

Aug 19, 2006
Hubby2Be in San Francisco Bay Area

Peking Duck in S.F. for a bachelor party group -- YUET LEE, HING LUNG OR MANDARIN?

Looking for great Peking Duck for night of my bachelor party on Saturday, Sept. 03 (Labor Day weekend). The quality of the duck is the most important thing, followed by service, price, and atmosphere in order of importance.

Price is not a *big* concern, but we don't want somewhere REALLY pricey. Looking at the menu for "Mandarin" (in Ghirardelli Square) it's pricier than others I've seen but not out of our range.

So I've heard Yuet Lee and Hing Lung both offer great food, both in Chinatown and both authentic and cheap, but the decor and atmosphere are also cheap? (and Yuet Lee may not offer peking duck?) So might not be too impressive for my once-in-a-lifetime bachelor party with old friends coming in out of town? But hey if the food's amazing that's what matters most.

And Mandarin apparently has great peking duck (but maybe not much great else on the menu?) and great views? But also in "tourist trap" Ghirardelli Square on a holiday weekend...

What do you all think? Or do you recommend another restaurant for Peking Duck? Thanks!

Aug 19, 2006
Hubby2Be in San Francisco Bay Area