|Buddakan; Photo: Noah Kalina|
Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar (Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!), and to usher it in properly, find six restaurants below that are offering celebratory menus.
Buddakan: Head to Stephen Starr's Chelsea staple now through Thursday for myriad of specials including wok seared lobster ($42), suckling pig ($38) and a $12 firecracker bombe dessert, meant to invoke the tradition of igniting fireworks on New Year (212-989-6699).
Four: Today through February 6 diners can enjoy a four-course sharing menu created by Richard Sandoval at this West 40s Pan-Asian, featuring Chinese inspired dishes such as rice dumplings served with sweet miso and tamarind, and a whole roasted poussin with water chestnuts, cashew, snap peas and carrot. If that doesn't seem enough like a celebration to you, on Wednesday, January 25, starting at 10 PM the folks behind "Eat Yo! Brunch" will be hosting a party, complete with DJs, contortionists, dancers and more (646-449-7790).
La Mar Cebicheria: Visit this Madison Square Peruvian now through February 3 for a special Chinese-Peruvian (also known as Chifa) menu of eight bar bites ($8 each), with options including fried salmon belly in a steamed potato bun, blue corn pancakes and stuffed eggplant (3-7 PM downstairs; 212-612-3388).
Masak: If you're not able to celebrate tonight, join the folks at this East Village Singaporean tomorrow for the start of its two-week special New Year's menu, highlighting items such as bamboo mushroom and crab soup ($12), roasted quail ($22) and $6 Tang Yuen dumplings (through February 5; 212-260-6740).
Sunburnt Calf: This Brooklyn Asian-Australian will be celebrating tonight with a five-course menu featuring tom yum soup with lobster dumplings, lettuce cups with crispy fish, crab fried rice and more ($35). Additionally, Greg Seider of Summit Bar has created a special punch ($22), and each guest will receive a traditional red envelope (hong bao) with $10 to spend on their next visit (347-915-1000).
Talde: To celebrate the first Chinese New Year at this Park Slope Asian-American, tonight Dale Talde is preparing a whole lobster steamed in XO sauce and Chinese beer served with fingerling potatoes, corn and scallions ($32). The place will be decorated, Chinese newspapers will be used as tablecloth for those who order the special, and partner John Bush is also creating a special cocktail (347-916-0031).