Our Haute List of Events for Chinese New Year this Weekend!

On February 10th, the lunar calendar rings in a new year which is the year of the snake for 2013.  Since San Francisco is home to not only the first Chinatown in the United States, but also a large Asian-heritage population, we can expect fabulous evenst throughout the weekend.  Here is Haute Living’s list of top notch events.

For those who love art:

Conceptual artist Gu Wenda recently held a stimulating talk at SFMOMA about his inspiration, direction and thought process behind his work and specifically united nations — babel of the millennium(1999), asite-specific installation created for SFMOMA.   Start the lunar new year right with some proper perspective.  151 Third Street; 415.538.2693

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco just finished holding their launch party for the Terracotta Warriors exhibit but you can be the first to view these beautiful historical pieces at the Black Tie Gala on February 20th.  Cocktail Reception and Exhibition Viewing at 6:30PM with dinner starting at 8PM.  Along with over 100 rare artifacts unearthed from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, the Asian Art Museum presents some of the finest generals, archers and infantrymen from the life-size terracotta army. Tickets sold start at $3,000 and are sold via phone.  200 Larkin Street; 415.581.3788

For those who love haute dining:

From February 9-23, Hakkasan, the internationally renown haute Chinese restaurant, has created a special New Year’s a la carte menu featuring dishes promote prosperity and health.   It’s been a go-to-place for everyone since it opened and on Feb 9th (New Year’s Eve) at 7:30PM there will be a spectacular lion dance.  We suggest the abalone, a prized dish for the Chinese.  Just make sure not to spill your Hakka as you watch from the bar or through the intricate lattice woodwork.  1 Kearny St; 415.829.8148
Another star splashy Chinese restaurant that has been on the radar recently is M.Y. China, Martin Yan’s new place in the Westfield Mall.  Far from being typical mall fare, for those foodies wanting to speak to the man Yan who can cook, he’ll be there on site on Feburary 12th and 26th.  They are also doing a special set menus – one called “Wealth” and the other “Prosperity” and both feature symbolic longevity noodles.  We love how one is priced at the auspicious $88 (Chinese love the number 8).  845 Market Street 4th Floor; 415.580.300