Chinese New Year in D.C. this year means roasted duck wontons, Mongolian beef wontons, sticky monkey bread (it is the year of the monkey, after all), and more. Here's where to go.
575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The deal: The Source has a multi-pronged celebration. There's a special dinner Feb. 11 with dishes like jumbo head-on prawn and cumin-soy marinated wagyu (plus that Monkey Bread for dessert). That meal will also include food stations with guest chefs like Eri Bruner-Yang ($85 per person). They'll also offer a themed tasting menu from Feb. 8-19 and host a reception with Peter Chang on Feb. 17 in the lounge ($75). More info here.
The Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
The deal: Empress Lounge will offer a Chinese New Year afternoon tea service on weekends in February with bites like duck wontons, curried shrimp and barbecue pork buns. They also have some themed cocktails. Meanwhile, Muze will serve dim sum daily throughout the month, offering items like foie gras pot stickers. Hotel guests whose birthday falls on the year of the monkey can also score a free dinner.
Downtown and Dupont Circle
The deal: Both Renaissance properties in D.C. will host a Wow Bao pop-up, featuring buns from the Chicago-based restaurant, during lunch. They’ll serve them in dim sum carts and offer flavors like teriyaki chicken and Mongolian beef. Baos will be priced $2 each, starting Feb. 8 for a limited time.
Ping Pong Dim Sum
900 7th St. NW
The deal: Ping Pong has a lucky 6 prix fixe menu with special dumplings like lotus and golden fish ($16 per order). It's available Feb. 7-13.
781 7th St. NW
The deal: Zengo will offer a number of themed specials from Feb. 5-13.