The Lunar New Year begins on January 22, 2023, and the Year of the Rabbit will be celebrated throughout New York City. And before the 25th Annual Lunar New Year Parade winds down Chinatown’s Mott St. on Sunday, February 12, plenty of dinner parties and ticketed celebrations will help locals celebrate.
In Manhattan, Welcome to Chinatown, a non-profit organization supporting Chinatown small businesses and AAPI entrepreneurs, is hosting two weeks’ worth of events, with the goal of increasing foot traffic to Chinatown with festive celebrations.
“We are humbled by the trust placed in us by our community – small business owners, partners and budding entrepreneurs – to bring this celebration to life,” says Victoria Lee, CEO of Welcome to Chinatown. In 2022, 57% of business owners were concerned about getting customers. This is our love letter to the past, present and future of Chinatown, and a celebration of the vital role this neighborhood plays for NYC and New Yorkers. From pop-up and workshops to dinner parties and shows, our LNY events are all about togetherness. Our community is stronger when we all come together.”
The events are expected to draw thousands to the small neighborhood. Here’s the lineup:
January 26: Dim Sum and Drag
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The immense banquet hall, Jing Fong, will play host to a dim sum dinner with a drag show from bubble_t.
January 25: Pot Luck Club Feast
Reserve a table at one of Chinatown’s newest and trendiest spots, Pot Luck Club. A lucky 8 course menu will be served for dinner, along with a performance by Golden Lions, a local dance troupe.
January 28 – 29: Lunar New Year Fair
88 East Broadway Mall will transform to feature rising AAPI brands including Nguyen Coffee, Dawang, and Banh by Lauren. The venue will also host a Panda Express Library with family friendly activities plus a MEET CHINATOWN Scavenger Hunt to explore Chinatown. On-site workshops will include Subtle Asian Baking, AAKI-LAB, and Anna Ye Tea, embroidery with MKC Threads and an AAPI artist alley.
January 31: Korean Meal
Visit the intimate cafe Round K by Sol for a Korean three course meal with drink pairings.
February 1: Pop-Up at Golden Diner
Get an exclusive one night only preview of Lingo, a brand new Japanese-American restaurant opening in Greenpoint, Brooklyn headed by Chef Emily Yuen, previously of Manhattan’s Bessou.
February 2: Wo Hop Dinner Party
Bowery Showroom will fuse fashion, music, and food at an old school Chinatown restaurant for a memorable and delicious evening.
February 4: Comedy Concert
Pop into Mee Sum, one of Chinatown’s hole in the wall gems, for a night of stand up performances and Chinese food.
Tickets for all events will go on sale promptly.