Celebrate Chinese New Year/the Lunar New Year with These Fun Menus and More

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Mooncake from Rice Paper Scissors. Photo: Andria Lo.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! And cock-a-doodle-doo. San Francisco knows how to really do it up for the Lunar New Year. Check out all these special dinners and more as we get ready to celebrate the Year of the Rooster!

On Monday January 30th, Brandon Jew is hosting a blowout eight-course dinner at ~MISTER JIU’S~ with chefs from SF’s top restaurants: Nick Balla and Cortney Burns of Motze/Crescent, Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table, Rupert and Carrie Blease of Lord Stanley, Brett Cooper of Aster, and Belinda Leong of b. Patisserie (and Mister Jiu’s pastry chef Melissa Chou will be creating a special dessert for the evening, too: frozen soy milk with red bean and chocolate). Dishes include stuffed chicken wings with pine, paprika, and jus from Rupert and Carrie Blease; roasted chicken consommé, foie, and winter mushrooms from Brett Cooper; and host Brandon Jew will be serving tea-smoked duck with sweet potato, osmanthus, and anise hyssop. At the bar, Danny Louie has two guest bartenders: Brian MacGregor of Macallan and Brian Means of Michael Mina Group.

Tickets are $150, and all proceeds will benefit the Chinese Historical Society. You can also enjoy a Chinese New Year-themed banquet menu at Mister Jiu’s from 1/24-2/11.

Rice Paper Scissors is popping up with a Lunar New Year Brunch at ~WINE KITCHEN~ on Divisadero on Sunday January 29th from 10am-3pm. The menu features a Lunar New Year Cake (in both Chinese and Vietnamese versions), a Chinese hamburger (rou jia mo, housemade buns with braised pork shoulder), as well as chicken pho, spicy lamb dumplings, and egg rice plates. There will also be a sparkling white sangria with kumquat, persimmon, and basil, and Vietnamese 33 beer too. 507 Divisadero St. at Hayes.

~HAKKASAN~ has put together a limited-edition menu, available through February 11th, plus special cocktails. Dishes include a traditional Chinese prosperity salad prepared at the table and includes roast chicken, jellyfish, and mooli, as well as braised abalone, wok-fried tiger prawns, steamed Dover sole with pumpkin and shiitake mushrooms, and more. $128 per person. Come by on Saturday January 28th for extra good luck and watch a Chinese dragon dance.

~M.Y. CHINA~ is offering Grandma Wu’s Chinese New Year Family Dinner, created by executive chef Tony Wu, with a Fortune Platter (roast duck, squid, jellyfish cucumber, barbecue pork), Golden Lobster (Maine lobster, duck egg, scallion, cilantro), Long Life (barbecue pork, shrimp, pepper, beech mushroom, egg noodles, XO sauce), and more. The eight-course menu is $288 and feeds six people. There are also some special prices on wines as well.

~CRYSTAL JADE~ has a variety of Lunar New Year dishes, plus 6-person and 10-person set menus (through February 10th). Must book ahead of time. Four Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level.

~E&O KITCHEN AND BAR~ is getting crazy, as in crazy delicious, with a new dish they are offering for the Lunar New Year: Dungeness crab and chicken siu mai dumplings with black vinegar soy. Executive chef Sharon Nahm will be offering a Chinese New Year menu with other dishes as well to bring new fortune and prosperity for the year to come. 314 Sutter St. at Grant.

Even ~AMERICANO~ is celebrating the Year of the Rooster by serving Chinese-inspired steamed baos filled with duck or beef tongue, with hoisin, cilantro, and pickled cucumbers. Available January 28th-February 4th.

And don’t forget dessert! ~HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE~ is bringing back one of their popular sundaes: Chinese Food and Donuts! It comes with oolong ice cream, an orange-blossom Dynamo Donut, soy caramel, and crushed black sesame. Available in both shops Chinese New Year weekend (January 26-January 29).

Event Info

Monday Jan 23, 2017 – Saturday Feb 11, 2017