Pekin duck and traditional soup dumplings are the featured menu items at Babylon Village’s new Chinese restaurant Long Island Pekin.
The restaurant, which is expected to open for diners next month, is located in the space that previously held the Asian fusion eatery N’Joy at 96 East Main Street.
Long Island Pekin’s co-founder, Jason Lee, decided to open an authentic Cantonese eatery in the area after seeing a void in the downtown.
“We noticed the area doesn’t have any Chinese-focused restaurants,” said Lee, who took over the property in December.
The co-owner is a well-experienced restaurateur, having owned and operated several Asian restaurants across New York City and Long Island.
“This is a brand-new concept for us,” said Lee. “We want to focus and make sure everything on the menu is great.”
In addition to serving Long Island-grown ducks and a variety of dumplings, Long Island Pekin offers roasted pork, Hainanese chicken, dim sum and other authentic Cantonese plates.
There will also be a focus on introducing the area to Chinese desserts that are only mildly sweet, such as egg tarts, pineapple bun and green tea roll cake.
“Outside of Chinatown, I don’t know where you can get Chinese pastries,” said Lee.
While the restaurant is weeks away from opening fully, Long Island Pekin began serving customers through delivery service companies such as Seamless earlier this month. (Call 631-587-9889)
Once fully operational — the place is undergoing a full renovation — Lee plans to only open his dining room area on weekday nights for dinner, and throughout the weekend. His goal is to leave the space available for private parties and events during lunch hours on weekdays.
“There aren’t many restaurants that offer rentable spaces,” said Lee, who lives in Merrick. “And since we are not opened for sit down on weekdays (for lunch), we won’t have to charge people that high fee of what we would have lost if we were open.”
Long Island Pekin has two areas to offer for parties: the front area features an 8-seat bar across from a merchant station — that will sell homemade sauces and Long Island Pekin swag —and the back dining area that fits 64 people seated.
Lee also has plans to use his facility for mass production.
“We are in talks with several local supermarkets to sell our frozen dumplings,” he said.
To see the full menu, click here.
Check back at GreaterBabylon to find out more information on hours of operation and Long Island Pekin’s opening day.
Top: Pork and crab xiao long bao from Long Island Pekin.