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Lunar New Year

By Charlotte Murphy
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A time for feasting, family, friends, and good fortune. Friday, Feb 12th marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, in which Asian cultures celebrate the lunar calendar’s first new moon. Each year one of twelve rotating Chinese zodiac animal signs is honored and 2021 is the Year of The Ox. Symbolizing strength, patience, determination, and honesty, celebrate the Year of The Ox with family feasts, dumpling platters, afternoon tea and more.   

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Platter Feast For Four

Ring in The Year of The Ox with Yank Sing’s specially curated Chinese New Year Platter. The feast for four features a variety of savory dumplings, potstickers, longevity noodles, honey walnut prawns, and snap peas. This San Francisco mainstay is celebrating with the epic platter available for pickup through Sunday, Feb 21st.

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Private Chateau Chinese Cuisine

Bring one of Time Magazine’s “100 Destinations to Experience Right Now” into your home in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Chef George Chen proudly extends his award-winning experience through the exclusive at home dining series inspired by Si Fang Cai, “Private Chateau Cuisine,” a historic dining style revitalized in China. His six-course set menu includes boneless and rice stuffed chicken wings, chilled cucumber salad, steamed ginger black cod, and more. The menu is available for pickup or delivery Friday, Feb 12th through Sunday, Feb 14th.

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Good Fortune Family Feasts

Family-owned Palette Tea House is offering one of the most important family meals of the year, to-go. The Harmony Feast for Six or The Longevity Feast for Four features a refreshed perspective on modern Cantonese cuisine with vegetarian dumplings, vegetable stir fry, and short rib. Save room for dessert in collaboration with San Francisco’s legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Celebrate The Year of The Ox with these family feasts available for pickup through Sunday, Feb 21st.

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Peking Duck & Water Dragon Cocktails

Chef Stephanie Izard has crafted an impeccable Peking Duck Lunar New Year dinner for you to easily prepare at home. The duck comes marinated with full roasting and re-heating instructions that will surely leave your guests impressed. Sides include veggie spring rolls, beef short rib and bone marrow potstickers, pork noodles, and veggie fried rice to enjoy. Add the Water Dragon cocktail and a treat from Sugargoat Sweets, Izard’s new bakery, to round out the meal. Pickup your feast Friday, Feb 12th. 

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Lucky Eight Lunar Feast

Celebrate the year of the strong and stoic ox with Mott St.’s Lucky Eight Lunar Feast. You won’t want to miss chef Edward Kim’s oxtail dumplings, imperial rolls, and crispy chili beef. The meal even includes a special Red Envelope, a classic tradition in which the Lunar New Year is celebrated by physically or virtually exchanging the colored card as a token of good fortune. The menu is available now through Friday, Feb 12th for pickup. A special children’s menu is also available.

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Flavorful Plant-based Prosperity

Chef Patty Neumson combines her beliefs in holistic medicine with the power of herbs to serve nutritious and flavorful Thai food. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, you can enjoy a 100% plant-based menu with a Prosperity salad, vegetable dumplings, golden bean curd with a tamarind sauce, and a banana and butternut squash rice ball. Patty says, “Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.” You won’t regret ringing in the Lunar New Year with her flavor-packed menu available for pickup Thursday, Feb 11th and Friday, Feb 12th. 

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A Feast For Good Luck

AnQi Bistro invites you to experience good luck, great health, and good fortune with the Heaven & Earth Prosperity Menu. The bountiful harvest includes dishes inspired by the sky, land, and sea including quail eggs, A5 Grade Japanese Waygu, steamed filet sea bass, and more. This six-course feast will be available for pickup through Friday, Feb 12th. Don’t forget to add on a large batched cocktail that serves four.

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Afternoon Tea For Two

Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon with Tea for Two from Jean-Georges Beverly Hills to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This at home experience includes tea from Tealeaves, a selection of house made quiche, chicken and pork gyoza, salmon crispy sushi, sweet and sour shrimp, house made sweets, and a bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut. The experience is available for pickup or delivery Friday, Feb 12th through Sunday, Feb 14th. 

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Lucky Dinner Box

Chef Brandon Kida offers gourmet gyoza dumplings to cook in your kitchen and for Lunar New Year, he has prepared a Lucky Dinner Box designed to bring you health, prosperity, and happiness. The box includes a dumpling set, vegetable yakisoba, kombu seaweed salad, chocolate pocky, satsuma oranges, and two Kimino Yuzu sparkling waters. It’s available for pickup or delivery on Friday, Feb 12th.

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Traditional New Year's Feast

NiHao, named after the expression of the Chinese greeting of “hello, have you eaten yet?” brings contemporary Chinese cuisine to the historic district of Canton. You’ll want to make sure to indulge in NiHao’s traditional Lunar New Year’s feast with whole fish, sticky rice, pork dumplings, gold sesame balls, and more. This exclusive menu is only available for pickup Friday, Feb 12th. Dine-in reservations are also being accepted.  

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Dumpling Baskets For Charity

You won’t want to miss chef Hong Thaimee’s Lunar New Year dumpling basket collaboration with renowned cook, food stylist, and author Christine Wong. Together they’ve created a selection of vibrant and delicious handmade dumplings presented in a reusable bamboo steamer basket. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit “Send Chinatown Love,” which supports small businesses in New York’s Chinatown. Pickup your dumpling basket Friday, Feb 12th through Saturday, Feb 20th. 

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Dim Sum Pop-Up

Whether you’re in the mood for a dim sum feast or an elevated tea tasting, Fairmont’s Pacific Rim has a Lunar New Year experience for you. Join them for a Dim Sum Pop-Up dinner in The Lobby in collaboration with Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine featuring black truffle shao mai, fried turnip cake fritters, and more. The limited-time Afternoon Tea experience, created by chef Damon Campbell, is also available to ring in the New Year with pastries, oven baked fragrant Chinese Black Tea, and classic English scones. Make reservations Friday, Feb 12th through Sunday, Feb 28th.

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