Z&Y Peking Duck Announces Grand Opening

Michelin recognized Chef Lijun Han of San Francisco’s popular Chinese dining destination debuts new private event and dining space.

Chef Lijun Han, owner of Chinatown’s newest dining destination, Z&Y Peking Duck, has announced that the restaurant will celebrate its Grand Opening and the completion of its new event space designed for social and corporate events and  VIP parties. Featuring modern Chinese décor with a vibrant red and gold color scheme, the space has been completely remodeled for private parties and events for up to 60 people and features two large custom tables with built in lazy Susans.  Each table can comfortably accommodate up to 10-12 people. The space currently features wall art honoring the Year of the Dragon, delicate, red oversized paper chandeliers, and warm wood accents with slatted wood separators to create an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.

“I hope it becomes a dining institution for authentic Beijing dishes for years to come,” said Chef Han. “We’ve felt very fortunate these last few months to have shared so many great dishes from my home city of Beijing.  The San Francisco community has welcomed us warmly.”

Z&Y Peking Duck is a celebration of the centuries-old Beijing Peking Duck that is an icon of Chinese culinary culture. The meticulous preparation starts with an organic, fresh, high-quality duck that is par-boiled and dried for 24 hours. The duck is brushed with a light layer of honey to ensure the skin is exceptionally crispy, tasty, and slightly sweet before being roasted to perfection in special, single-purpose roasting ovens. The rest of the menu at Z&Y Peking Duck is focused on contemporary Beijing-inspired dim sum, small plates, seasonal items, and popular dishes from its sister restaurant, Z&Y. 

The roasted duck, which can be ordered whole ($78) or half ($48), is sliced and served in the authentic style or uniquely elevated with caviar ($158), along with crisp julienned cucumbers and scallions, house-made Hoisin sauce, and delicate flour wraps. The menu’s dishes are meant to be shared and include a wide selection of dim sum such as savory potstickers, hearty skewers, crispy egg rolls, and mouth-watering buns. Other dishes include Stir-Fried Crab with House Spicy Sauce, Clay Pot Braised Lamb Ribs, Szechuan Twice-Cooked Pork with Sauteed Cabbage and Leek, and more.

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The dual-level restaurant, located in the heart of Chinatown, boasts a distinctive contemporary design with a warm, stylish interior that incorporates traditional materials with modern lines and accents. The street level features a spacious open layout with high ceilings and original red brick walls accentuated by natural wood ceiling panels and painted steel braces. The dark walls are offset by crisp, white rectangular tables that can be arranged to serve groups of varying sizes. The lower level, featuring two spacious private rooms, is designed to accommodate larger groups.

Han is an award-winning Michelin recognized chef with decades of experience cooking authentic Szechuan cuisine. He attended a top culinary school in Beijing, where he specialized in Szechuan food and culture, before emigrating to the U.S. in 2000 to serve as executive chef at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. In 2008, Han opened Z&Y Restaurant, which quickly became a go-to destination for authentic Szechuan dishes with Chef’s signature touches, including his special spicy sauce. In 2012, his culinary talents earned Z&Y a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand ranking, and the restaurant has maintained that status every year since.

Z&Y Peking Duck is located at 606 Jackson Street (near Kearny St.).  The restaurant is open Thursday through Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked online at www.zandypekingduck.com or by calling 415 986 1899.

About Z & Y Restaurant

Z & Y Restaurant, the famed dining destination in San Francisco’s historic Chinatown, offers authentic Szechuan dishes created by owner and Executive Chef Lijun Han. Chef Han utilizes skillful culinary techniques to showcase compelling dishes featuring his signature spicy sauce packed with flavor. Z & Y Restaurant is an award-winning culinary destination, first receiving the coveted Bib Gourmand Michelin ranking in 2012 and retaining that status every year since. Founded in 2008, the authentic Szechuan restaurant is located at 655 Jackson Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the oldest and most established Chinatown in the U.S. More information about the restaurant can be found at www.ZandYRestaurant.com.

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Linda Hohnholz