Ring in the Year of the Dog with traditional menus and creative takes from the diaspora, plus more restaurant feasts.
Lunar New Year celebrations are about a lot of things: renewal, remembrance, wishes for peace and prosperity. But this holiday (like most) is also about food — and all the things that food can mean.
According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the new year begins February 16. The following weeks are filled with cooking and eating, each dish with its own traditional time, context, and symbolism. In the different celebrations in China — and across Asia — foods from citrus to dumplings to vegetable fritters contain a wish for the year to come.
There are restaurants around the U.S. dishing out specials and set menus for the holiday, and options draw on the New Year's dishes of cuisines all around East Asia. Here's where to celebrate.