Celebrate the Year of the Pig with special menus and giveaways at NYC restaurants. Even though the Lunar New Year was last week, several eateries continue to celebrate with festive dishes through February.
Also coming up this week is the city’s largest annual Lunar New Year celebration.
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Manhattan Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year parade. Expect performances, including the traditonal Lion Dance, and traditional costumes at the parade, followed by a street festival featuring food vendors.
- FREE, 1pm, Sunday, Feb. 17, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand and Chrystie Streets, betterchinatown.com)
This Caribbean/Latin-inspired eatery is hosting its own Chinese New Year dim sum party on Feb. 10, featuring fried chorizo wontons, red curry snapper, pineapple veggie fried rice, good fortune flan and more. Drinks include tiki-inspired cocktails and there will be a late-night DJ set.
Ichiran (Brooklyn & midtown):
For every two ramen kits purchased, Ichiran is giving away a tumbler glass, a lantern magnet, a sticker and a 5-yen coin.
Momosan (Murray Hill):
Diners can choose from a variety of pork items — tonkotsu, crispy mimiga, kakuni bao, tetsunabe Pork Gyoza, tetsunabe kakuni and more.
Philippe Chow (Upper East Side & Meatpacking):
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Upper East Side location, and from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at its Meatpacking location, lion dancers will perform around the restaurant, encouraging guests to put pieces of lettuce or money into the dragon’s mouth for good luck. Both locations will be serving a special “Tipsy Pig” cocktail (a blackberry martini with pineapple) and a ginger beer float with fever tree (a coconut sorbet, citrus whipped cream and Chinese black sesame cookies).
Loosie’s Kitchen (Williamsburg):
Chef Henry Lu is taking guests on a culinary trip through his childhood in the Bronx, where his family owned restaurants. His “We Are All Pigs” Chinese New Year Party on Feb. 5 will include a buffet-style menu with $5 Tsingtao and more. The menu will include dishes like fried spring rolls, build-your-own steamed buns, steamed fish, pork belly stuffed suckling pig and sweet sticky rice — all for $30 per person.
Little Tong Noodle Shop (East Village):
Little Tong will be serving its take on ShengJian Bao (crispy pan-seared pork soup dumplings) and special Chinese barbecue baby back ribs and wonton mixian for the duration of the new year festival.
Hakkasan’s fortune macarons will feature “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell’s witty fortunes about love and life in the big city through February.
Brooklyn Chop House (Financial District):
Head to this FiDi favorite for a festive dumpling trio ($18) on Feb. 5: pastrami, bacon cheeseburger and French onion soup all topped with edible golden flakes.
MáLà Project (East Village, midtown):
Through Feb. 19, this Michelin Bib Gourmand-recommended Chinese restaurant will celebrate by offering something new each day at the East Village location (New Year pork dumplings, blooming manto, squid, red bean rice ball and more) and a special drink, the Chinese New Year cocktail made with half-and-half, vodka, simple syrup, yuzu and cherry liquor, at the midtown location.
Atlas Kitchen (Upper West Side):
New to the neighborhood, Atlas Kitchen is going all out for New Year’s with artist Qiu Anxiong, whose artwork is the inspiration for the entire restaurant. Through Feb. 21, the menu includes such creative dishes as coral lobster with salted duck egg, two peppers with braised goose intestine, foie gras udon and grilled quail with cumin.
Hunan Slurp (East Village):
This rice- and noodle-centric eatery is offering a special festive menu of dishes like lamb and turnip in a clay pot, blue crab with ginger, and scallion and wok-fried lamb slices with chili pepper among others.
TAdapted from a list published in AMNY