Now that Valentine’s Day is said and done, the real fun can begin! And if you live in New York City, you know what I’m talking about—the Chinese New year. From low-key Brooklyn eateries to trendy Manhattan restaurants, on February 19th get ready for a day of Asian-inspired delicacies to roll out across menus all over our bustling metropolis. Not sure where to kick off your culinary adventure? Check out our haute picks below.
369 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
For a twist on traditional dumplings, head to this Park Slope favorite run by Top Chef‘s Dale Talde, for pretzel pork and chive dumplings. They’re the perfect balance of salty and crispy, and when dipped in the house made spicy mustard, complete perfection.
42 E 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
It’s impossible to set foot in a Chinese restaurant and not be tempted by wonton soup—especially with the frigid weather we’ve been having! To satisfy your craving gourmet-style, stop by Tao Uptown for a bowl of lobster wontons with shiitake ginger broth.
The Beatrice Inn
285 W 12th Street
New York, NY 10014
Feeling adventurous? Then visit to this West Village gem for savory specialties inspired by chef Angie Mar‘s childhood trips to Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. With offerings like cumin-spiced lamb sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, smoked wild-boar congee with crispy pig ears, and pan-roasted black bass with smoked loquat, fermented black beans and salted cherry blossoms, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
311 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Those looking for a little entertainment with their meal, should stop by Hakkasan for an eight-course special holiday menu, plus a lively Lion Dance performance. Diners will also have the opportunity to honor the Chinese “Wishing Tree” tradition by hanging a “wish ribbon” on the decorative lattice work throughout the restaurant. Additionally, all guests who dine from the holiday menu will receive a red envelope (to signify good luck) with a gift of a complimentary cocktail to be redeemed at a future visit.