Better Than Fried Rice: Celebrating Lunar New Year 2014 the FoodtoEat Way

Pork dumplings in Chili Oil from Cafe China | Photograph: Debra Liu

By Debra Liu

It’s the Year of the Horse! What’s the best (read: ONLY) way to celebrate Lunar New Year? With FOOD. We’ve created a list of some of the most delicious Chinese restaurants to help you eat your way through the Lunar New Year. If you’re planning a party – we totally support that – and would like some of these dishes catered, just contact us at – we can make that happen!

Cafe China’s Pork Dumplings in Chili Oil A hidden gem with a Michelin star in Midtown East, Cafe China is currently my favorite Sichuan restaurant in NYC (sorry Han Dynasty – I still like you too). The Pork Dumplings in Chili Oil are a must-have, perfectly sweet, spicy and savory – one bowl is just not enough. Also get the Kung Pao Chicken! And their cocktails are quite yummy too (although, you can’t get that delivered but if you’re in the area – stop by for a drink, the bartender is friendly!). Order Cafe China Now

Pork dumplings in Chili Oil from Cafe China | Photograph: Debra Liu
Pork Dumplings in Chili Oil from Cafe China | Photograph: Debra Liu

Red Egg’s Peking Duck Sliders Located in Chinatown, Red Egg is known for a its mix of traditional and modern Dim Sum. If, I mean, when you order, be sure to get their Pork Buns and Peking Duck Sliders because you’ll immediately wished you had gotten more. What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than with some Peking duck, practically the official food of Beijing? Red Egg is also offering some Chinese New Year Specials including $498 10-course meal for a table of 10 which includes dishes such as Abalone with Mushrooms and Greens and Lobster with Ginger and Scallion. For delivery, click here when you’re ready to eat: Order Red Egg

Peking Duck Sliders from Red Egg | Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt via Serious Eats
Peking Duck Sliders from Red Egg | Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt via Serious Eats

Shanghai Pavilion’s Soup Dumplings  If you’re in the Upper East Side and looking for some good Chinese, Shanghai Pavilion is where you want to be. Soupy dumplings (in Chinese: Xiao Long Bao) are absolutely the perfect food for a cold Winter’s night. They do have other things on the menu, such as Sesame Chicken and General Tso’s but really I would stick with the Soup Dumplings. Is your tummy ready to celebrate the New Year? Click Me to Order Soupy Dumplings

Soup Dumplings | Photo:
Soup Dumplings | Photo:

Shaved Snow from Wooly’s Ice Don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten about dessert. Shaved Snow, known as Xue Hua Bing in Taiwan, is different from shaved ice – the texture is smooth and will literally melt-in-your-mouth. In honor of Lunar New Year, Wooly’s Ice is offering a catering special on its Shaved Snow: they will waive all staffing fees (worth $100/hour) for your Lunar New Year party. Wooly’s will customize their Shaved Snow to cater any occasion! They currently offer their original flavor Shaved Snow and can build a toppings menu with all your favorite toppings. Be sure to try the Green Tea Wooly.  Click ME to get some Shaved Snow!

Shaved Snow from Wooly's Ice
Shaved Snow from Wooly’s Ice

To celebrate the Year of the Horse, we’re giving 10% off all orders on Lunar New Year (January 31, 2014). Simply use Promo Code: LNY2014 when you check-out. *valid on Credit Card orders of $15 or more, expires 11:59pm on 1/31/2014

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