This Week’s NY Happenings: LUCKYRICE, Taste Of The Nation, Manon

NOW: The Mother Of All Rice Fests Returns
LUCKYRICE is back in New York and ready to celebrate all things Asian with a superstar lineup. Tonight is the kickoff, with Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, and it’s already sold out. Fortunately other tickets remain, as the festival tours through ramen with Chuko, Filipino food with Umi Nom, and a cabana night market at The Maritime Hotel. On Thursday night the focus shifts to “chef cocktails.” Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosts while luminaries from Experimental Cocktail Club, Macao Trading Co., and his own Tribeca Canvas put Asian accents on some very fine sips.

LUCKYRICE kicks off tonight, April 29th. Cocktail Feast: A Journey East starts at 8pm on Thursday, May 2nd, at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, East Village). Tickets for the cocktails are $40. To learn more aboutt he hotel, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides. Photo by Parliament of Owls.

NOW: Taste Of The Nation
Seventy of the city’s best bars and restaurants will all be in one place tonight as the 26th annual Taste of the Nation goes off at 82MERCER. Players like ACME, Pouring Ribbons, and The Dead Rabbit are only the beginning, and all proceeds go to fighting childhood hunger.

Taste of the Nation starts at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 25th, at 82MERCER (82 Mercer St., Soho). General admission tickets are $225 ($185 is tax-deductible). To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Manon Opens In Meatpacking
Moscow’s Cafe Pushkin peeps take another stab at NYC with glossy Meatpacking triplex Manon. The kitchen is run by a former Public hand, working up seasonal ingredients with international accents. Industrial ironwork meets chandeliers on the glossy interior. Opulence, it has it.

Manon (407 W. 14th St., Meatpacking District) opens Wednesday, May 1st. To learn more about the restaurant and lounge, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Get Lucky In NYC Every Night Next Week

This is not false advertising. Starting Monday, April 29th, you can get lucky every night of the week, which is a basically impossible feat in NYC (unless you’re a 21-year-old, freckle-faced, college girl majoring in English, with too many evenings free and lots of insecurity issues). For seven days, you can drink unlimited Bombay Sapphire East Gin cocktails with lemongrass and St. Germain mixed by Iron Chef Morimoto, dance to house tunes spun by scruffy, downtown DJs, and gorge on pinched, pillowy, lamb-filled dumplings made by Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien. And while you’re at it, get lucky with any one you meet. The cause: LUCKYRICE, the 4th annual festival honoring all things Asian (that you can chew and sip) all across NYC.

Some stops along the way include a cocktail feast at The Bowery Hotel lead by eight of NYC’s top bartenders and Iron Chef Morimoto, a “Filipino Fiesta” at The James Beard House hosted by chef Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao (which boasts a BlackBook-obsessed, delicious brunch), and a Night Market at The Maritime Hotel, where 20 Asian spots serve their top dishes in bohemian cabanas à la the chaotic, night market experience in Asia.

Intrigued? Excited? Hungry? Then snatch up the last couple of tickets to LUCKYRICE. 

And (ahem), please tweet at me if you get lucky, thanks. 

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Our Favorite NYC Chinese New Year Events

‘Tis the year of the snake, with Chinese New Year slithering in on Sunday, Feb. 10th. For some, this is the year’s most important holiday – a time for reflecting on its virtues of good fortune and happiness – while for others, it is a time to reflect on the deliciousness of a platter of six pork dumplings and boba tea. But no matter how you celebrate, do it joyously, as the year of the snake means business: it’s marked by steady progress, attention to detail, and major discipline for achieving what you set out to create. So go, receive some prize-filled red envelopes, party at New York’s first dim sum house, and dine on longevity noodles. Fuel up now: this is the year for making stuff happen.

Buddakan: Meatpacking’s sexy Asian restaurant can be deemed the King of Chinese New Year, fashioning guests with three major New Year events for two weeks, starting Sunday, Feb. 10th. It’s serious stuff. A kick-off, $55 prix-fixe dim sum brunch on the 10th  includes lion dancers and champagne specials, while a  behind-the-scenes, $85 dumpling-making class with Buddakan’s own chefs ends with a brunch at their communal table and a souvenir bag. And throughout the celebratory two weeks, the spot will be serving dishes associated with the holiday’s positive virtues, such as prosperity, wealth, and abundance. Expect meals like wok-tossed longevity noodles with sea urchin butter, and rock lobster and green curry.For the details on Buddakan, click here.

Talde: The hugely popular Asian-American spot in Park Slope is approaching the Chinese New Year Charlie & the Chocolate Factory– style, handing out little red envelopes to select tables. Each coveted envelope will include gift cards to Talde, and Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern – the Talde team’s other BK spots. The “golden tickets” will be handed out from Fri. the 8th to Mon. the 11th, alongside a special dish being served: Yu Sheng of Hiramasa, a traditional Chinese New Year raw fish salad with  salted plum and crispy taro.  For the inside-info on Talde, click here.

LUCKYRICE & Bombay Sapphire East:  The Asian culinary-focused marketing company and gin collide Tuesday the 12th, 6:30pm-9pm, with their annual Chinese New Year party at New York’s first dim sum house: Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Special, Bombay-infused cocktails with be served, along with platters of the holiday’s traditional dishes. And if you’re not too stuffed of Asian food, LUCKYRICE will also be unveiling their new 2013 line-up for their annual festival. Check out the Nom Wah listing.

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