A critically-acclaimed roast duck restaurant from Beijing will soon be opening its first U.S. location near Bryant Park. Beijing-based Da Dong, run by chef Dong Zhenxiang, signed a lease for two stories, two outdoor terraces, and nearly 13,000-square-feet of space at 3 Bryant Park, the Post’s Steve Cuozzo reports. Asking rent for the space was $2.3 million per year, though it’s unclear what Da Dong will pay. It will be in the same building as the new Midtown Whole Foods, jewelry chain Pandora and the offices of MetLife.
The New York outpost of Da Dong will be upscale like the original locations in China, where Dong’s version of Beijing’s most famous dish frequently ranks as one of the best. (He claims his duck is less fatty than the typical roast duck while still maintaining the dish’s signature crispy skin, juicy meat, and smoky taste.) But like many a hot chef here in New York, Dong has also expanded into fast food in China. One Beijing location offers more affordable dishes like a roast duck burger and a truffle spaghetti.