Where to Eat for Chinese New Year in Philadelphia
Celebrate the lunar new year with special dinners and menus at these Philadelphia restaurants.
Yesterday marked the start of the lunar new year, a time of celebrations, special feasts, and rituals to bring about prosperity and good fortune in the year ahead in Chinese culture. These Philadelphia restaurants have special brunches, dinner events, and menus planned for the festivities over the next few weeks. Here are some of the best restaurants where you can celebrate the Year of the Pig in Philadelphia.
Dim Sum House, University City
Through February 14th, Jane Guo’s western outpost is offering two special blowout group dining menus — including open bar options — in addition to their deep slate of Cantonese and Shanghai dim sum dishes. One of them includes this massive Norwegian king crab prepared three ways, so get ready to celebrate.
Baology, Center City
This weekend’s special Chinese New Year dinner at Baology is already sold out, so owner Judy Ni has added another date on Saturday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. See the full menu here, and get tickets for the BYOB family-style feast — built around a Taiwanese sausage-stuffed heritage breed suckling pig — by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buddakan, Old City
Hit up Buddakan for a special Chinese New Year brunch this Sunday, February 10th from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. They’ll have celebratory specials day-of as well as their Suckling Pig Feast (which also includes longevity noodles, egg fried rice, bao buns, and mu shu pancakes) available for pre-order for $250, not including tax or gratuity. Call the restaurant at 215-574-9440 to reserve your feast by 6 p.m. tonight, or make regular reservations here.
Saté Kampar, East Passyunk
Chef-owner Ange Branca just got back from a trip home to Malaysia with a fresh set of flavors and inspiration for Saté Kampar’s 14-day Chinese New Year menu, which kicks off tonight, February 6th. She’s serving yee sang (also known as prosperity salad), salt-baked chicken, popiah (spring rolls), pineapple tarts, and more. Call 267-324-3860 for reservations.
Susannah Foo’s fusion-forward spot is serving a special 10-course, family-style menu for parties of four or more for $39 per person through March 2nd (with the exception of February 14th). The meal kicks off with an amuse bouche featuring Cinco Jotas acorn-fed jamón ibérico from Spain, the most expensive ham in the world. See the full menu and make your reservations here.