Monday, September 22, 2014

Peking Underground

Downtown's new basement gastropub elevates Chinese street food

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Watching a guy take the most awkward selfie ever: mesmerizing in a bad way.

Watching a guy hand-pull noodles for your dinner: mesmerizing in the best possible way.
 
Open now below the new Terroni spot, Peking Tavern serves up traditional Beijing street food and unusual Chinese cocktails, providing plated perfection to fill your monthly Instagram quota — awkward selfies notwithstanding.
 
Why you're here: hand-pulled noodles in pork sauce.

Why you'll be back: hand-pulled noodles in pork sauce.

Of course, they've got pre-dinner apps, too. Dive into seafood dumplings and scallion pancakes paired with cocktails from Cari Hah (The Varnish). She's mixing a mean hibiscus and lemon Wong Chiu punch with a Chinese liquor called baiju. (If Beijing distillates aren’t quite your thing, they’ve also got 18 beers on tap.)
 
Then, it's time to mingle. An extra long bar, huge communal tables, and an open floor plan give the Chinese gastropub an airy, accessible feel.
 
Airy and accessible, just like Beijing!

Photo courtesy Michael Jackson

Peking Tavern tooguapo.com
806 Spring St., Downtown
213-988-8308
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street or the lot on 7th and Spring
Hot seat: A central spot at the community table
Best bet: Hand pulled noodles and the White Tiger Soda
Nearby: Terroni; Bottega Louie; Mas Malo

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