In February, Chinatown will come alive with the return of its annual Chinese New Year parade and festival, an event even a booming Omicron can’t stop.

In addition to the classic face-to-face events – the Parade, the Flower Market Fair, the 44th Lunar New Year Race – some activities will also be offered virtually or in hybrid form. Restaurants, too, are gearing up, some with special holiday menus for on-site dining, others with fixed-price take-out meals tailored to welcome the Year of the Tiger. Good year!


Where to eat for Chinese New Year

Honey Walnut Prawns with Lazy Susan/

(Joseph Tisserand)

Lazy Susan’s Four-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner

Ring in the New Year in warm style with a festive four-course meal from Lazy Susan. The menu includes Auspicious Chili Crispy Potstickers, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Garlic Noodles and Dungeness Crab. and a truffle-rich Buddha’s Delight. The holiday menu is available from January 29 to February 15 for $58 per person.

// 208 Fell Street (Hayes Valley), lazysusanchinese.com

E&O Kitchen & Bar Chinese New Year Menu

E&O Kitchen & Bar’s Lunar New Year menu is back, along with two new drinks from Beverage Director Ace Chon. Start the Year of the Tiger off right with a Prosperity Salad, Crab Rangoon, Scallop Crudo and Burmese Curry Long-Lasting Noodles. Wash it down with Drunken Tiger (spicy hot chocolate milk tea made with amaro and allspice) or NA Black n’ Orange, a Thai iced tea made with oat milk. The holiday menu is available from February 1 to 19.

// 314 Sutter Street (Union Square), eandokitchen.com

Empress by Boon’s Nine-Course New Year’s Dinner

Empress by Boon, Chinatown’s exceptional epicurean destination, offers authentic Cantonese cuisine with a special prix fixe meal for Chinese New Year. The nine-course dinner ($168/person) includes small bites like Iberian pork buns and Japanese scallops with mango sauce, xiao long bao crab roe, two seafood dishes, and two main dishes. , including wok fried chicken. At the end of the meal, egg tarts punctuate the festive buffet. Available February 1-15.

// 838 Grant Ave (Chinatown), theempresssf.com

Washington Bakery and Restaurant Chinese New Year Menu

Classic Chinese New Year treats are orderable at Chinatown’s longtime staple, Washington Bakery and Restaurant. Get a special holiday cake, including the sweet rice version that symbolizes personal growth and a promotion at work, traditional poon choy, pork shanks, and more. Pre-order two days in advance online and be careful not to miss your window: Once the holidays begin, the restaurant will only be open on January 30 and February 19 and 20.

// 733 Washington Street (Chinatown), www.wbrsf.com

China Live six-course takeaway and whiskey

Celebrate the Lunar New Year from the comfort of your own home with a six-course take-out dinner for two ($176) from China Live’s Eight Tables by George Chen. The meal includes rice-stuffed chicken wings, hot and sour manila clam soup, cooked red dongpo rou pork belly, and chocolate-stuffed peach “longevity” steamed buns. If you prefer to celebrate in liquid form, China Live’s Cold Drinks Bar is offering a flight of single malt Scotch whiskey to go ($42/person), which includes an invitation to an exclusive happy hour tasting event on February 26. . Both are available on weekends in February.

// 644 Broadway (Chinatown), chinalivesf.com

Things to do to celebrate Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year Parade

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Chinese New Year Parade

Chinatown comes alive this Lunar New Year with the long-awaited return of the Chinese New Year Parade on February 19. Considered one of the best night parades in the world, the procession will feature fabulous floats, ferocious lions and thundering firecrackers. Despite Omicron’s current push, the parade is expected to go ahead as planned and tickets for bleacher seats ($38 to $65/person) are on sale now. In the weeks leading up to the show, keep an eye out for tiger on parade, a public art project that placed six life-size tigers around the city.

// 2nd St & Market to Kearny & Columbus, chineseparade.com

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair

Held the weekend before the calendar shifts from ox to tiger (January 29-30), the Flower Market Fair offers all the sweet, shiny, and vital gifts you need for a successful New Year. Come for the fresh flowers and plants (a symbol of growth), fruits (citrus fruits are a symbol of abundant happiness) and Harmony trays full of sweets. Stay for the shows, Chinese magicians, acrobats and folk dancers among them.

// 2nd St & Market to Kearny & Columbus, chineseparade.com

44th Annual Lunar New Year Race

Lace up these sneakers and hit the sidewalk for the 44th Annual Lunar New Year Run/Walk. This Year of the Tiger, the 5k/10k race will take place both virtually and in person. Complete your virtual race between February 20 and March 13, or join the race live in Chinatown on March 6. Register in advance to participate.

// 855 Sacramento (Chinatown), ymcasf.org

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Participate in the hybrid New Year’s fun of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. They will hold an in-person festival on February 6, but virtual events including cooking and art demonstrations, storytelling and cultural presentations will take place not only this month, but also in April, when South and South Asia -East will celebrate the coming year.

// 388 9th St, 2nd floor of Pacific Renaissance Plaza (Oakland), oacc.cc

Lunar New Year at the SF Symphony

Welcome the Year of the Tiger with a musical opening at the SF Symphony. The audio celebration will mark the debut of conductor Yue Bao and will include works by modern Chinese artists as well as traditional folk songs; On February 5 at 5 p.m., tickets are $25 to $85.

// 201 Van Ness Avenue (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Lunar New Year Festival + Marketplace at The Crossing at East Cut

Jump into the Year of the Tiger with this new festival at The Crossing at East Cut. Lions will dance, celebrity chef Kathy Fang from SF will show off her cooking skills, and the China Live Marketplace will showcase her wares. Local restaurants will also be in residence, including Little Green Cyclo, Fang Restaurant and House of Nanking; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 30.

// 200 Folsom Street (SoMA), eastcutcrossing.com