Signature Crispy Duck at Union

Partygoers flock to this trendy restaurant before a night on the Strip to get a taste of this popular dish. The chief ingredients—shredded duck, scallions, and cucumbers—come to the table ready to assemble into tiny pancakes. Dip them in hoison sauce to bring out the flavor of the duck. $35 half and $65 whole, in Aria at CityCenter, 693-8300.

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