Chinese New Year kicks off this Thursday and billions around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Goat. Chicago restaurants will be offering specials during the 15 days of festivities to commemorate the occasion. Diners can enjoy traditional dishes, dim sum, afternoon tea and more at some of the city's best Chinese (and non-Chinese) spots. Get ready, there's no better time than right now to satisfy that bao and dumpling craving.Read More
11 Great Spots to Dine for Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Goat at these restaurants.
1. Mott Street
Mott St will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Supreme Imperial Feast, available from Feb. 18 through Feb. 21. A 10-course meal of classics include crispy shrimp, steamed dumplings, crunchy crab brain fried rice, gai lan, red miso chicken and apple cider doughnuts. The family-style dinner (party of 4 minimum) is $38.88 per person with optional beverage pairings an additional $28.88.
2. Fat Rice
The ever-popular Logan Square restaurant will offer a feast for two for $88 featuring pork dumplings, mussels steamed with Singapore’s Tiger Beer, the famous Fat Rice, and a bucket of Tiger tall boys. The meal will be available for dinner from Feb. 17-21, and during brunch hours on Feb. 20-22.
Chrissy Camba’s Maddy’s Dumpling House is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a pop-up dinner at Ampersand inside Kinmont. The event takes place on Feb. 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. and the cost is $70 per person. Purchase tickets online.
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4. MingHin Cuisine
It’s a modern spot in Chinatown Square popular for dim sum or dinner. Get your fill of siu mai, chicken feet and BBQ pork buns during the day but don’t miss out on the Macau-style crispy pork belly either, served with a bowl of sugar for a sweet and savory mix. There are also some non-traditional items you won’t find on other Chinese menus around town such as pan-fried foie gras.
5. Shanghai Terrace
Indulge in Shanghai Terrace’s special eight-course menu celebrating the Year of the Goat. The meal will consist of favorites such as double boiled sea whelk soup, snow crab claws, red abalone and turbot fillet, and a blackcurrant-chestnut Shanghai log and yuzu mandarin sorbet. The cost is $128 per person and the special menu will be available from Feb. 18-28.
Cai has only been open for a few years but it’s already managed to become one of the best dim sum spots in town. Small bite-sized items include traditional staples such as chicken feet, shrimp dumplings, rice crepes and egg tarts. Bring dining companions so you can order plenty to share and get a taste of everything. If that’s not your style, there’s also a regular menu full of Chinese favorites alongside some less common dishes like shark fin soup, braised sea cucumber and abalone.
Pavilion will host Chinese New Year Tea for $58 per guest, with seatings at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16-22. Guests will enjoy traditional Chinese tea selections including lapsang souchong, formosa oolong, organic jasmine pearl, money picked oolong, and Pu-Erh Tou Cha as well as dishes such as miso marinated tofu and moo shu duck roll.
8. Phoenix Restaurant
The always-crowded, can’t-miss Phoenix is one of Chinatown’s busiest restaurants and if you come during peak hours you can expect to wait. Tough it out and you’ll be rewarded—servers push carts around the room on weekends so diners can choose small-bite dishes on sight. There aren't many other places in Chicago offering a true dim sum experience like the one you’ll find here. The Hong Kong-style regular menu features items like Peking duck, crispy roast duck, crispy skin chicken and more.
9. Tanta Chicago
Chef Jesus Delgado will fuse Chinese culinary influences into his Peruvian menu and offer New Year specials from Feb. 19-22. Dishes include berenjakao, eggplant stuffed with shrimp in rocoto sesame sauce; and costillar, short rib in star anise adobo with yellow chili mashed yucca and piockes vegetable salad.
10. Chef Ping
One of the city’s best Chinese restaurants is located out in Rolling Meadows. Expect a wait on the weekends as crowds pack the place for favorites like Pong Pong lollipop chicken and the special Gan Pong family recipes. Other traditional dishes include sea cucumber, salty-egg yolk crab, and yellow leek with shredded pork.
11. Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge
In honor of the New Year, the Evanston eatery will offer a special a la carte menu of dishes including lychee chicken, ma po tofu, smoked tea duck, cumin lamb, peppercorn crispy fish and more.