Celebrating the Lunar New Year, no matter through which Asian tradition, is often focused on food—but we’re not talking about your weeknight Chinese takeout. Whether it’s dumplings or a bowl of noodles, New York restaurants will offer up everything from luxury interpretations to authentic dishes to bring in the year of the rooster.
In Korean culture, tteokguk (a rice cake soup) is often enjoyed with family members to celebrate the new year. At Atoboy, all guests will be served a shot of the traditional soup on January 28 before devouring the parade of sophisticated small plates of modern Korean dishes. 43 E. 28th St., 646-476-7217
The Singaporean hawker fare on the menu at Chomp Chomp will put a spotlight on the beloved Yu Sheng salad, which is popular in Singapore and Malaysia. Composed of salmon sashimi, seaweed, carrots, and greens, this dish is believed to bring more prosperity the higher you toss it. It’s also priced at $18.88 because the number eight signals good luck in Chinese culture. Guests can also expect to receive an Ang Pow, a red envelope, with a lottery ticket. 7 Cornelia St., 212-929-2888
The only scheduled brunch of the year at Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a dim sum service on January 29. As you savor items like the edamame dumplings and sip tea, there will be lion dancers, DJ entertainment, and a number of craft cocktails from noon-2:30 p.m. to kick off the celebrations. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-989-6699
The elegant La Chine dining room in the Waldorf Astoria offers a refined menu that features delicacies often prized on Chinese menus. Among the appetizers is braised abalone served with shaoxing granite. For the main course, there’s a half barbecue duck stuffed with pork belly, mushrooms, and black truffles perfect for sharing. 540 Lexington Ave., 212-872-4913
A limited-edition menu available through February 11 at this chic Chinese restaurant starts with the Waltzing Collins cocktail, a glass full of sake and baijui adorned with a golden rooster. A salad course for prosperity combines roasted chicken, jellyfish, and mooli. You’ll also start with Hakkasan’s popular dim sum platter. 311 W. 43rd St., 212-776-1818
This new contemporary Chinese restaurant has been attracting a hip crowd to an historic corner of Chinatown. A far cry from your hole-in-the-wall favorite in the neighborhood, the bi-level space oozes a see-and-be-seen vibe. From January 26-28, however, the new year menu features well-executed dishes like charcoal grilled live scallops and steamed abalone with spiced beef brisket and cardamom in a star anise broth. 5 Doyers St., 646-895-9301
Chef Stephan Brezinsky’s celebration of the new year comes in the form of a four-course menu ($45) highlighting the fresh, lighter side of Vietnamese cuisine. Spring rolls and steamed fish in a coconut milk kaffir lime broth are just a few of the dishes to be enjoyed at this East Village eatery. Don’t miss out on the mango or lychee cocktails, too. 171 Ave. A, 212-475-3171