Thai restaurant Soothr in the East Village is drawing on Chinese and Vietnamese influences for its elaborate menu of Lunar New Year specialties this year. Photo courtesy of Soothr

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The Resy Guide to Celebrating Lunar New Year in New York


While we’ve just celebrated the start of 2024, in just a few weeks — on Saturday, Feb. 10 to be exact — we’ll be commemorating the start of the Lunar New Year, specifically the Year of the Dragon.

Lunar New Year is one of the Asian community’s most important holidays, a two-week-long celebration known as the Spring Festival. With auspicious foods and superstitions galore, it’s a wonderful time to be around a table with loved ones.

So, consider the two-week span in February as your designated time to eat your way through Chinatown’s numerous family-owned restaurants, as well as many other incredible spots throughout the city. Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, and beyond, too, after all.

Here are some restaurants doing some exciting Lunar New Year happenings this year, as well as classic standbys always worth paying a visit.

And for more inspiration on where to dine in Chinatown all year-round, we’ve got you covered, too: From Flushing in Queens and Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Manhattan Chinatown. And if you need some additional help in Manhattan Chinatown, Welcome to Chinatown has an impressive directory.