Celebrate Chinese New Year and Tet with These Festive Menus and Events


The lion dance. Photo by Alfred Shum via Flickr.

The Lunar New Year is here, and this year it’s The Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep (depending on who you ask). There are lots of delicious ways to celebrate, and these are a few of our picks. For even more banquet ideas, check out this piece the tablehopper wrote for 7x7 on the best banquet dinner locations in town.

On Saturday February 21st, ~RICE PAPER SCISSORS~ will be hosting a Lunar Night Market from 5pm to 10pm at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. They’ll be joined by ForageSF, Seoul Patch, Bicycle Banh Mi, and Rijsttafel. The market will offer a small bite from each vendor included in the cost of admission, along with an additional larger plate for $8. Check out the menu for each vendor here; vegetarian options are also available. There will be a cash bar, with special Year of the Ram cocktails and Chinese whiskey. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Drinks and larger plates will be available for cash purchase only. 1710 Mission St. at Duboce, 415-878-6657.

At ~M.Y. CHINA~ you’ll have the option of three different menus celebrating the new year. The Prosperity menu is $88 for two people and the Wealth menu is $68 for two. You can also try Grandma Wu’s Chinese New Year Family Dinner, created in homage to the meals chef Tony Wu’s grandmother made for the holiday. It costs $38 per person and is available for groups of six or more people. They will also be giving out red envelopes for good luck and prosperity, filled with prizes like free spring rolls or even the grand prize of dinner for two once a month for a full year. It’s all available from Wednesday February 18th until Sunday March 8th; reservations recommended.

~HAKKASAN~ is offering an eight-course Cantonese menu for the new year, from now until Sunday March 1st. The menu offers a balance of traditional and contemporary dishes, including a dim sum platter, spicy lamb lupin wrap, and Chilean sea bass in honey with lily bulb and French beans. On Thursday February 19th, don’t miss a performance of the lion dance for good luck and joy. The special menu is $138.88 per person, and individual dishes will be available starting at $20.88; reservations recommended.

Nothing says celebration like a suckling pig feast, and ~CHUBBY NOODLE MARINA~ has you covered. On Thursday February 19th from 6pm to 10pm, they’ll be serving suckling pig family-style to groups of four or eight, with sides like shrimp fried rice, garlic bok choy, and long beans. Check out the whole menu here, and nab tickets for $58 per person.

For celebrations in the East Bay, Luke Tsai at East Bay Express has put together a list of restaurant and their special menus in Berkeley, Albany, and Oakland. Whether you want to celebrate with seafood, dumplings, or duck, there are plenty of delicious options.

Event Info

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 – Sunday Mar 8, 2015