10 San Francisco Spots to Ring in the Lunar New Year
From celebrated dives to stylish speakeasies
Lunar New Year, which begins on January 22, is the most important holiday in China, Vietnam (where it’s known as Tết), Korea (where it’s known as Seollal), and across the Asian diaspora. It’s a time to feast with family and friends and to usher in good luck with traditional dishes such as dumplings, whole fish, longevity noodles, and pomelos.
This winter, cheers to the Year of the Rabbit — or the Tết Year of the Cat — with Rémy Martin XO at one of the spots below. It’s a luxurious and festive spirit that’s a beloved fixture at any Lunar New Year festivity and pairs with all the foods that will grace your table.
In this dim sum palace turned Chinese dining mecca on the edge of San Francisco’s Chinatown, China Live offers multiple dining and drinking options for however you want to ring in the New Year. From the casual ground floor tables of China Live Dine, you can order Peking duck sesame pockets, Sichuan blistered green beans, and other specialties while shopping for teas, sauces, woks, and other kitchen essentials. Or, at the posh Eight Tables by George Chen, you can celebrate with the tasting menu of Lapsang Smoked Squab or Iberico Pork Char Sui. And if drinks are more your style, there’s also the glamorous Cold Drinks Bar that serves up an Imperial Old Fashioned and Milk Punch made with Rémy Martin XO and bar bites like duck fat popcorn. – Eater San Francisco (01.20.23)