Lunar New Year is a traditional festival celebrated in many East Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea. The celebration marks the first day of the Lunar calendar, which is welcomed with grand festivities and much joy. There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the holiday, from delicious dining to festive events. Here are three great ways to enjoy Lunar New Year in New York City.
Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in New York City
Lunar New Year Parade
There’s no better place to celebrate Lunar New Year than in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The neighborhood is filled with Chinese history ranging from the decor hanging from its buildings to the streets themselves. Every year, Chinatown celebrates the holiday with a parade that travels past some of its most iconic spots. When you visit Mott Street or Canal Street, you’ll find colorful performers, traditional music and towering lion puppets moving along every inch of the area. The fun doesn’t stop at the parade, though. There are also vendors and food stands waiting for you on each block so you can get a piece of the culture. The Manhattan parade is happening on February 12 at 1 p.m. If you aren’t able to make it, don’t worry. You can find other parades and festivals in nearby neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing.
New York Philharmonic
If you’re looking for a bit of class with your Lunar New Year festivities, visit the New York Philharmonic. Celebrate with a gala to ring in the holiday with an orchestra made up of some of the biggest Asian-American names in classical music. You can listen to a blend of beautiful pieces ranging from scores created by famous composers to music from Asian artists you may not have heard of before. However, the evening is much more than the concert itself. You can also treat yourself to a pre-concert reception and a post-concert dinner with the artists. It’s the perfect blend of holiday fun and New York City style. The gala is happening on January 31 at the Wu Tsai Theater of the David Geffen Hall, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m.
There is certainly no shortage of fantastic Asian restaurants to enjoy in New York City. Restaurants like Chef Guo have upscale cuisine that provides the perfect culinary celebration. MáLà Project celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit with two special dishes. The restaurant’s signature Coca-Cola Chicken is an irresistible blend of 8 wings braised in soy sauce and Coca-Cola, available for $22. In addition, diners can indulge in Coconut Milk Pudding for only $9. These flavorful options are sure to make any Lunar New Year meal a memorable experience—from the East Village to Bryant Park and Midtown East. Founded by Amelie Kang, MáLà Project’s selection of unique Chinese dry pot dishes provides a truly authentic culinary experience, perfect for this festive time.