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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This Week’s Miami Happenings: xx Performs, Off-Duty Night, Chinese New Year

TODAY: British Indie Pop Trio xx Takes On Miami
Heralded as one of indie music’s most anticipated albums, the xx’s sophomore effort, Coexist is set to charm its Miami audience at the Fillmore on Tuesday with a lineup of the gorgeously stripped down tunes by the understated trio from London. During the 90-minute set, the synthesized background is so spare that no more than two layers of electronic music accompany the hushed, velvet-smooth yet powerful vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. With musical chops like these, who is worried about a sophomore slump?
xx performs at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave., South Beach) on Tuesday. To purchase the tickets, visit LIVE NATION. For details, check out the listing in BlackBook Guides.

MONDAY: Off- Duty Night
The guys behind the Broken Shaker are saving the overworked Miami chapter of the Bartender Brotherhood, one cocktail at a time. Come in for the Off-Duty Night, and all local booze pourers will enjoy complimentary sample cocktails made by a featured bartender. For identification purposes, consider bringing your own shaker.
Off-Duty Nights is happening every Monday at the Broken Shaker (2727 Indian Creek Dr., South Beach). For details, read the listing in BlackBook Guides.

SUNDAY: Year of the Snake
Bid farewell to the dragon and extend a warm welcome to the reptile. Commemorate Chinese New Year in style at Hakkasan by joining the festivities at a special family-style prix-fixe menu offered at $138 per person, a lion dance in the hotel lobby at 9pm, and a special Kokohana cocktail (Bacardi Rock Coconut, pineapple, basil leaves and lychee juice). Gan bay!
Kick off the Chinese New Year at Hakkasan (4441 Collins Ave., South Beach). See the complete listing at BlackBook Guides.

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