February 5 marks the official start of Lunar New Year, but given San Francisco’s thriving Chinatown and large Asian population, the city celebrates for weeks. Here are restaurants offering special Lunar New Year dishes or menus to help you ring in the year of the pig in SF and the East Bay.Read More
Lunar New Year: Where to Celebrate the Year of the Pig
Dumplings, noodles, and red envelopes aplenty
1. B. Patisserie
From February 5-17, swing by B. Patisserie for 10 Chinese New Year specials, including black sesame kouign amann, white sesame-red bean kouign amaan, Portuguese egg tart, mango pudding verrine, triple coconut verrine, honey tangerine tart, black sesame strawberry tart, milk tea cake, red bean cheesecake, and coconut peanut macaron.
2. Trademark & Copyright
Head to Trademark on Saturday, February 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for An Chơi Tết, a Vietnamese New Year pop-up. A la carte dishes include Hanoi vermicelli with chicken, shrimp, and egg soup; Vietnamese pizza; and sticky rice with corn.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Head to the Ritz for a special Chinese afternoon tea in honor of Lunar New Year, available at The Lounge on Sunday, February 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. Instead of the usual scone action, this high tea will feature steamed pork buns, shrimp with Sichuan pepper, oolong tea madeleines, and caramelized pineapple custard tarts. It costs $88 per person. From February 3-10, folks can also find dim sum on Paraellel 37’s breakfast menu and special snacks and cocktails at The Lounge.
4. M.Y. China
This year, Martin Yan is pulling inspiration from the Tang Dynasty for his eight-course Chinese New Year menu, intended for six people. Dishes include salted egg yolk shrimp, mushroom-stuffed whole chicken, braised creamy rock fish, and seafood noodles. Smaller groups can get in on the fun by ordering the $55 “piggie basket” of dim sum. Both are available from February 5-23 — with red envelopes, of course.
5. E&O Kitchen and Bar
In honor of the Year of the Pig, E&O is going big on the hog for its special Lunar New Year menu, including pork and chive dumplings, braised pork belly salad, roasted pork shoulder with steamed buns, and celebratory desserts.
There are many chances to try Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year menu — it’s available from January 28 to February 24. Diners can order a few dishes a la carte, like Peking duck with mango or wok-fried lobster. Ordered as a family-style prix-fixe, the whole meal costs $128 per person for a minimum of two people.
7. The St. Regis San Francisco
Dim sum, sweets, and teas make up the St. Regis’s Year of the Pig-themed Art of Tea, available in the Lobby Lounge from 2 to 4 p.m. for $69. The hotel also teamed up with Suntory Distillery for a special East-meets-West cocktail menu, featuring ingredients like green tea, candied ginger, and edible orchid. Both the high tea and cocktails are specials for Lunar New Year, available February 4-28.
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8. International Smoke
Ayesha Curry’s restaurant is serving a six-course, family-style menu featuring lucky ingredients throughout. Dishes include Singapore street noodles with smoked rock shrimp and madras curry as well as char siu pork ribs with garlic fried rice. The meal costs $75 per person and is available February 5-23.
9. Harborview Restaurant & Bar
San Francisco, CA 94111
The restaurant that’s taken over Crystal Jade’s large Embarcadero space is ready to celebrate with two special menus for groups. From February 1st- 23rd diners can choose from a $788 option that serves 10 people, and a $1,188 menu that’s also for 10. Check them out here, plus additions like whole abalone with mustard greens ($70) and roast squab ($25).
10. Third Culture Bakery
The home of the mochi muffin is moving away from glutinous rice flour for a special Chinese New Year offering: black sesame shortbread cookies. A gift-worthy box costs $16 and comes with a red envelope, available February 1-16 at the West Berkeley bakery.
11. Perle Wine Bar
Chef Robert Lam (formerly Butterfly) is serving loads of Dungeness crab to ring in the new year at his Montclair wine bar. Dishes include scallop and crab toast, garlic crab noodles, and crab creme brûlée. The feast takes place Thursday, January 31 and costs $88 per person.