Lunar New Year is almost upon us, and anyone whose family celebrates this momentous annual affair is probably already preparing for the big day. Fact: Lunar New Year is the beginning of the year for people who follow the lunar calendar (literally a calendar coordinated by the cycles of the moon). Chinese New Year, Vietnamese New Year (Tết), and so on fall under this umbrella. If you feel like going out, there's always the Oakland Lunar New Year Celebration (Feb. 10th), the San Francisco Parade (Feb. 23rd), the San Jose Lunar New Year-Tet Festival (Feb. 8-10), and more.
If your family doesn’t feel like cooking but do want to celebrate the Year of the Pig, we’ve assembled a list of a few locations doing special menus. If you know of other restaurants or pop-ups celebrating Lunar New Year with something special, let us know!
845 Market St level 4
San Francisco, CA 94103
From February 5th-February 23rd, 2019, M.Y. China is celebrating the Year of the Pig with a big menu suggested for sharing between six people ($288) so groups of friends and family can all come in and celebrate Lunar New Year together. Dishes include Happy Family Soup (chicken, lamb, pork, bamboo shoots, wild mushroom medley), Salted Egg Yolk Shrimp, Sweet Taro Soup and more.
This year, Executive Chef Tony Wu and his culinary team have added a special dim sum extravaganza for smaller groups to share! The $55 Piggie Basket includes:
- (3) Lava Pigg Bao
- (3) Lamb Shiu Mai
- (3) Crab Roe Juicy Dumpling
- (3) Tofu with Shrimp
- (3) Pan Fried Pork and Scallion Bao
- (3) Seafood Dumpling
- (3) Har Gow
- Dried Pork Floss and Scallion Bun
- Multigrain Rice Wrap
- Chicken Feet
- And a trio of sauces – Spicy Soy, Red Vinegar with Ginger, and X.O. Sauce
Want to catch a glimpse of celebrity chef Martin Yan? He will be popping in the restaurant occasionally during the New Year celebration, but your best bet is to follow them on social media (@tastemychina) for updates on his whereabouts.
Tay Ho Oakland
344 12th St
Oakland, CA 94607
Tay Ho Oakland (a Check, Please! Bay Area alumnus) will be closed February 3rd-5th, but they will be serving up Vietnamese traditional dishes the whole week before and the whole week after in celebration. To be clear, that means January 29nd-February 2nd and February 6th-February 10th!