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The Resy Guide to Celebrating Lunar New Year in Los Angeles


To many, Lunar New Year, celebrated from Feb. 12 to 26 this year, is the most important holiday. It’s a time for families to join together around food-filled tables; gifts are given, and good wishes of prosperity abound. But like everything else in the time of COVID, things will be a bit different this year.

L.A.’s biggest parades and festivals are all virtual, including Chinatown’s 122nd Golden Dragon Parade, Monterey Park’s annual street party, and San Gabriel’s family-friendly event. And families are encouraged to keep things smaller than usual. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit local restaurants to ring in the Year of the Ox in your own way.

Since the two-week celebration is all about maximizing your luck — the symbolism of dumplings, long noodles, egg rolls, and whole fish are just the beginning — this is the best time to support your favorite Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants all over town. Most are still doing takeout and delivery, some are even opening for outdoor dining under the new guidelines. 

Especially after the serious dip in business last year for restaurants in Chinatown and the San Gabriel Valley, this is the time to help ensure your favorites stick around. Here are a few places to find your favorite dishes and celebrate longevity and prosperity for the new year.