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“Excellent food, even the non-pig dishes. But confirm your reservation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pig Heaven Restaurant

Pig Heaven Restaurant
Ranked #3,081 of 13,479 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Maryland
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234 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Excellent food, even the non-pig dishes. But confirm your reservation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I first heard about Pig Heaven on one of the food channels. They were searching for the best spareribs, and mentioned this place on the upper east side of NY. I went on Trip Advisor and read all the glowing reviews as well as the one that complained about sitting near the door because they didn't make a reservation. So months before the trip, I called and made a 7pm reservation on the Saturday of Memorial day weekend.

When we arrived, 2 of the people in our party were sitting a table away from the door in the noisy bar area. I asked the hostess why we were seated there, and she claimed there was no reservation in our name. I insisted we did make the reservation, and gave her the approximate date I called. She went into the back room, came up and said they did have a table, but it was a long one and not round. Would we be ok with this (7 in our party). We agreed, and were seated immediately.

The ribs are every bit as good as everyone says. Meaty, with a pleasant Chinese BBQ sauce. They bring you more in case you want it. The peking duck was very lean with a crispy skin. We also ordered a stir fried noodle dish, shrimp with walnuts, and a fish dish on the back of the menu. Everything was excellently prepared. We eat a lot of Chinese food in many different areas, and will be back on a future visit to NYC>

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Statmans
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Los Angeles
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Pig Heaven Consistent For Over 16 Years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We have been eating here for over 16 years because they are always great.
The orange beef is famous in our world. A must eat for us every time we get to New York.
Fried rice is great. The ribs are huge & meaty. We always over order so we can have left overs for the next couple days. A favorite Chinese place for us on the upper east side of NYC.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank squibjib
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New York City, New York
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Best Peking Duck on the East Side”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Don't go there for atmosphere, but do go there for Peking Duck. It is excellent! Prices are reasonable and staff is friendly. It is located a couple of blocks from The Comic Strip (comedy club). Great place to eat either before or after you enjoy some comedy.

Visited May 2012
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4 Thank Athanasia L
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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147 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Amazing food, no fluff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you want great chinese without the snobby atmosphere this is the place. We use to live in NY and have come to this upper east side restaurant for 20 years. Now whenever we come back, we make sure to have dinner here. The front is a little fancier than the back which is still decorated with what else, pigs. Complimentary fresh pickled cabbage and cucumbers start you off. We recommend the spare ribs, steam or fried dumplings and suckling pig for appetizers. The pork with garlic sauce is the the best in the city.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank tablefor5NC
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Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Incredible evening..great ribs....awesome hostess!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

My wife and I found this place through the food network...we initially intended to stay for an hour....we ended up spending the rest of the evening! We ordered a lg order of ribs and dumplings which were awesome...we were there the Saturday before Easter..the place only had a few regulars who told us usually on a Sat night it would be packed with people, so we lucked out...there was live music which played mellow rock from the 70's -80's (great guitarist) but it was the restaurant's owner Nancy who we fell in love with...she was so gracious and greeted everyone who came in and said good bye to all who left...we ended up dancing and laughing together which really made our night...the food that other customer's were eating look very very good as well...can't wait to go back!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Koeka B
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