This week isn’t just about snow days and snowball fights. Chinese New Year kicks off Thursday and then rages for the next 15 days the world over. Here in the D.C. area there are plenty of dining options to celebrate all things Chinese. Some eateries have dedicated specials while others are solid Chinese culinary choices, especially on Chinese New Year. Need any more motivation? It’s the Year of the Goat (or The Year of the Sheep, depends on who you ask).Read More
Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In D.C.
It's the Year of the Goat (or Sheep).
1. The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Tonight, in The Source lounge, award-winning Sichuan Chef Peter Chang is taking over from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a range of dim sum specialties. Prior to the lounge takeover, Chef Scott Drewno is holding a hands-on lesson in several traditional Chinese New Year dishes from 6 to 7 p.m. The next evening, the official start of the Chinese New Year, The Source will transform its dining room into a Night Market, replicating the atmosphere of a Chinese street food market for one night only, with lion dancers and live action stations manned by guest chefs. The Source also will offer its signature Year of the Sheep tasting menu in addition to its a la carte menu nightly from this Friday through Friday, Feb. 27. [Photo: Craig H./Yelp]
2. The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat is, of course, marking the "Year of the Goat” to go with its name. There’s a Thursday night celebration filled with a Chinese-inspired family-style tasting menu and drinks, traditional lion dances, and kung fu movie screenings from 6 p.m. to close.
Chef Richard Sandoval’s colorful Latin-Asian inspired restaurant, Zengo, is debuting three dinner specials Thursday through Sunday, which represent longevity, happiness, wealth, and luck for the New Year: wagyu beef gyoza, vegetable spring rolls and shrimp lo mein.
4. Ping Pong Dim Sum - Dupont
Ping Pong got things started early for Chinese New Year. The restaurant has been offering up a Lucky 8 prix fixe menu since last week — through Thursday -— that they say is designed to bring good fortune. Part of the feast is eight signature dumplings filled with traditional ingredients symbolic of luck, health and prosperity, such as a roasted chestnut parcel for progress, and a caviar and glass noodle dumpling for long life. The limited edition dumplings are available through March 1.
5. Copycat Co.
A new addition to H Street, CopyCat has an original take on bar snacks with Northern Chinese varieties like skewers, pot stickers and bao buns. The bar’s first floor is casual — the kind of place for a beer and app while the upstairs is more of a lounge
6. Panda Gourmet
No explicit Chinese New Year specials here, but this hidden gem inside a Days Inn has even gotten rave reviews from the Washington Post for its authentic Sichuan and Shaanxi fare. It’s a big menu of authentic Chinese dishes for a low price.
7. Peking Gourmet Inn
Out in Falls Church, this Chinese restaurant has been offering up a family-style dining experience for 30-plus years. Again, not an overtly different Chinese New Year menu to speak of. [Photo: Pamela O./Foursquare]