Chinese New Year kicks off today, Thursday, February 19 and ushers in the Year of the Goat. In honor of the worldwide celebration, Eater city sites from coast to coast have the intel on where to get a bite of traditional Chinese fare. From banquet-style feasts to dim sum, there are plenty of restaurants across the country gearing up for the fifteen days of festivities. Here's what to know and where to go:
Eater Chicago has compiled a list of 11 of the city's restaurants that are going big for the holiday. Eateries like Mott Street, Shanghai Terrace, and Logan Square's Fat Rice are all serving multi-course menus. Ampersand is going pop-up, while Pavilion is hosting a Chinese New Year Tea.
New Yorkers can enjoy one of several "good luck" dishes at Tuome, including "a whole branzino for two with root vegetables and fermented black bean sauce, uni-topped pork shu mai, and lobster spring rolls," or stop by Robert Sietsema's recently reviewed Fu Ran in Flushing, Queens for four-star Dongbei cuisine.
In Philly, diners can stop by Cheu Noodle Bar follow-up Bing Bing Dim Sum for East Passyunk's new taste of the far East.
Check out Atlanta's Makan for their Southern Chinese take on "Asian comfort food" and chef George Yu's brand-new dim sum brunch.
Texans can ring in the Year of the Goat with a Chinatown Chinese New Year celebration banquet and show in Austin on Wednesday, February 19. The $60 ticket will grant you access to the banquet featuring a traditional Chinese menu, but there is free admission to the New Year Praying Ceremony and a dragon and lion dance with firecrackers.
Eater Vegas has rounded up the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Highlights include spots like Beijing Noodle No. 9, Fú, Hakkasan, and Lao Sze Chuan.
Angelenos can celebrate in the comfort of their own home with takeout from New School Kitchen. According to Eater LA, the upgrade to Alexander Chu's dim sum food truck means it's great for specials like Hainan chicken, pork belly bao, and, dim sum.