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Where to get Chinese New Year dinner in NYC

From Chelsea to Chinatown, celebrate the Year of the Monkey with the best Chinese New Year dinners in NYC

Photograph: Levi Miller
Black bass at Kings County Imperial

Got a case of New Year’s déjà vu? That’s because the Chinese New Year is around the corner—on February 8, to be exact—and to celebrate, restaurants across NYC are doing it up with Chinese food feasts and dim sum spectaculars. From Chinatown stalwarts to Midtown newcomers, make your reservations at one of these spots for the best Chinese New Year dinner in NYC.

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Chinese New Year dinner in NYC

Annisa

Price: $140 per person

On the menu: Chef Anita Lo references Asian flavors year-round at her tranquil Greenwich Village restaurant, but her six-course Chinese New Year prix-fixe on February 7 and 8 will amp up those influences, calling on ingredients such as bamboo, oyster sauce and turnip. Slurp soup dumplings snugging luxurious foie gras before indulging in a monkey bread stuffed with five-flower pork and a peanut-coconut ice cream sundae topped with caramelized bananas.

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West Village

Buddakan

Price: A la carte

On the menu: Stephen Starr’s splashy Chelsea spot will host its annual dim sum brunch from noon to 3pm on February 14. The once-a-year affair kicks off with a customary tea service, complemented by a live performance from NYC’s Luen Hing lion dance troupe and beats by DJ Timka. Enjoy Eastern-inflected dishes like chicken-foie dumplings ($18), tea-smoked ribs ($19) and soy sauce ice cream ($13) before testing your luck with complimentary traditional red envelopes—some will contain tickets for gratis drinks and grub.

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Chelsea

Fung Tu

Price: A la carte

On the menu: The inventive LES restaurant has been praised for chef Jonathan Wu’s border-defying, American-Chinese fare, such as the China-quiles, a riff on the Mexican brunch classic made with yucca chips and Sichuan pork sauce. From February 8 to February 13, Wu will similarly spin traditional Lunar New Year dishes, with week-long specials ranging from scallop-stuffed wontons in mushroom-celery broth ($15) to a sweet dessert of chestnut mooncakes with cashew ice cream ($7). Wash down your lucky feast with new holiday cocktails like a Cynar-sherry Money Tree ($13).

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Lower East Side
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Jue Lan Club

Price: $65 per person

On the menu: For its first Lunar New Year, the Limelight-set restaurant will turn out a three-course spread of special appetizers, dim sum and meaty entrees by chef Oscar Toro. Kick off the meal with yellowtail or salmon yu sheng before diving into snacky pork-chive dumplings and lobster spring rolls. The main course touts options like longevity noodles with pork and mushrooms, steamed black bass in a ginger-garlic sauce and tea-smoked chicken breast with dried oysters. End on a sweet note with a choice of desserts such as roasted five-spice pineapple and a chocolate tart.

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Kings County Imperial

Price: $55 per person

On the menu: Longevity, fortune and health are some of the classic motifs informing the special Lunar New Year menu at this Williamsburg newcomer. Stop in on February 8 for Josh Grinker and Tracy Jane Young’s family-style feast served in four Far East courses—highlights include seafood-stuffed spring rolls, lobster yee mein, a crispy tea-smoked half duck and a simple dessert of fresh tangerines and pomegranates.

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Williamsburg

La Chine

Price: A la carte

On the menu: To mark its first Lunar New Year celebration, the Waldorf Astoria's white-tablecloth newcomer will complement its a la carte menu of provincial-style Chinese fare with a roster of additional festive dishes. From February 8 through February 13, diners can choose from bites such as chicken wings stuffed with Chinese sausage and glutinous rice ($17), barbecued “Buddhist” duck with angelica root and licorice ($50 per half duck), and soft buns stuffed with Beijing-style pork belly and tree mushrooms ($28). Guests will also have a chance to score loot such as a complimentary glass of champagne or a free dessert, which will be distributed via tickets passed out in hangbao, or lucky red envelopes.

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Midtown East
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The Lucky Bee

Price: A la carte

On the menu: The still-nascent Southeast Asian farm-to-table spot helmed by chef Matty Bennett will turn out five limited-time specials to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Options range from crab–and–cream-cheese fried wontons ($13) and jellyfish salad in chili oil ($12) to a winter-melon soup with smoked ham ($10) and a traditional pork tenderloin congee with thousand-year egg and ginger ($13).

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Lower East Side

Pig & Khao

Price: $75 per person

On the menu: The Lower East Side’s Filipino-Thai canteen will switch gears for one night on February 10 as executive chef Leah Cohen joins forces with chef Joshua Li Walker of Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston, SC. The duo will prepare a family-style repast of eight fusion dishes, including Sichuan-style pork dumplings in pork fat sauce, mapo spaghetti with bolognese and a Bo Bo Ji fried chicken with hua jiao chili butter. For dessert, find a house-made blood-orange creamsicle with almond cookie crunch.

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Lower East Side

The Beatrice Inn

Venue says: “Traditional New York chophouse redefined, owned Angie Mar, the only NY chef named one of Food & WInes best new chefs of 2017.”

Price: A la carte

On the menu: On February 8, chef Angie Mar will pull inspiration from her mother’s family recipes for a special Taiwanese street food-inspired New Year’s dinner. On offer are savory dishes including shrimp-and-lamb dumplings ($17), Szechuan pepper-crusted short rib ($49), smoked duck noodle soup with salty plums ($34) and lamb belly bao buns ($16). Have a large group? By special advance order only, score a suckling pig for up to 12 people for $550.

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West Village
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Tuome

Price: A la carte

On the menu: From February 4 to February 9, chef Thomas Chen will pad out his menu of innovative Asian fare with more straightforwardly Chinese dishes to commemorate a classic trio of Lunar New Year values. Noodles tangled with snow crab and slicked with dashi ($19) represent longevity, while spring rolls stuffed with langoustines and brightened with fresh herbs ($21) evoke wealth and a whole dorade for two with fermented black beans ($45) symbolizes abundance.

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East Village

Xi'an Famous Foods

Price: $60 for general admission, $120 for VIP

On the menu: The ever-growing Chinese chainlet is hosting a food-filled Lunar New Year bash on February 20 at Terminal 5, which will benefit Apex for Youth and their programs with underprivileged NYC youth. Along with live performances by hip-hop outfit Far East Movement, singer-songwriter Kina Grannis and more, the blowout will feature $2 to $6 snacks from Xi’an (lamb burgers), Nom Wah Tea Parlor (dim sum), Yonekichi (rice burgers) and others. Pony up an extra $60—it’s for a good cause—for VIP tickets for access to the venue's second-floor balcony and separate bar area.

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East Village

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