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Lunar New Year 2022 guide: Boston restaurant specials and more

The Lunar New Year begins on February 1 this year, celebrated by millions around the world. It is an important and celebratory holiday for many East Asian and Southeast Asian communities, and although traditions differ between them, there are common themes of good fortune. , prosperity and other hopes for the New Year – and there are plenty of special foods to eat, of course.

Below, you’ll find a sampling of food and special menus at restaurants and bakeries in and around Boston, with many offerings available from late January through early February.

It’s also a great time to provide additional support for restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown; the neighborhood took a major financial hit earlier than most in the first weeks of the pandemic thanks to a combination of travel bans, misinformation and racism. A year later, businesses were still suffering; last year’s Lunar New Year saw a much calmer neighborhood than usual. Hopefully 2022 will be the year that everything turns around. Of course, the challenges of the pandemic continue to plague restaurants across the city (and beyond), but takeout and delivery are widely available for those not yet dining in. Here are some great restaurants to visit in Chinatown, and here are some of the best bakeries in the neighborhood.

Beyond the food, stop by the Chinese New Year Flower Market in Chinatown until January 31 to pick up flowers and other festive New Year paraphernalia; it operates 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 681-683 Washington St., Boston. Plus, there’s the annual Chinese New Year Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on February 13 at Phillips Square (1 Harrison Ave., Boston) in Chinatown. Stick around for the Chinese New Year Culture Village after the parade; it will be operational until 3 p.m. near the China Trade Building (2 Boylston St., Boston) with lantern making, dancing and other crafts and entertainment.

The other big Lunar New Year celebration in Boston is Tết in Boston, which takes place on February 6 at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal (1 Black Falcon Ave., Boston) in the Seaport District. It is the annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival and includes food vendors, performances and more. Buy a ticket online for $1 or pay $2 at the door (cash only).


Take-out options

Neighborhood kitchen
2 Florence Street, Malden

From January 30 to February 6, District Kitchen is offering a special Lunar New Year menu with dishes such as crispy sea bass, slow-cooked pork shoulder, assorted dumplings, twin lobsters, braised pork meatballs, and more. . Find online ordering links for takeout and delivery on the restaurant’s website, as well as a reservation link.

gongcha
Multiple locations in the Boston area

The international bubble tea chain – which has local stores in Dorchester, Allston, Malden, Quincy and beyond – is handing out traditional Chinese red envelopes to customers with the purchase of three drinks from January 30 to February 1. Some of the envelopes, which represent prosperity and good luck, contain offers such as drink discounts or free toppings, and there is a chance to win a year of free Gong Cha.

maca
bow market1 Bow Market Way, Somerville

The macaron shop had a Lunar New Year box pre-sale earlier in the month, but there are a few individual macarons left; find them in the character section of the online store for local pickup, delivery and shipping. As of press time, Lucky Kittens (Black Sesame), Red Lanterns (Sweet Red Bean), and Tigers (Pandan) remain in stock.

mei-mei and Pop-up Small sweet pastries at Arc’teryx
352 Newbury Street, Boston

Pre-order Mei Mei Dumplings, Small & Sweet Cupcakes, or both to pick up at the Arc’teryx Outdoor Gear Store for the Lunar New Year celebration on January 30. (There will also be “other surprises in store.”) Mei Mei will be on site from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Small & Sweet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mimi’s Chuka Diner at Artifact Cider Project
438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Mimi’s, the dumpling-and-more pop-up who is currently in residence at Artifact’s Tavern in Cambridge, has a Lunar New Year meal kit available to pre-order and pick up at Artifact on February 1, from 4:30 p.m. . — available for two ($61) or four ($116) — is ready in about 30 minutes, with minimal prep. On the menu: shiitake and shallot longevity noodles; lemon-pepper mochiko half-chicken; and butter mochi with matcha custard. And Artifact Cider is also included – a mixed pack of four limited edition Groove Steady and Red Field. Pre-order online.

pagu
310 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Pagu is offering a large take-out feast that feeds four ($299) for restaurant pickup on Jan. 30, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; there is also a pickup option in Lexington on Jan. 29, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The star of the show is whole Peking duck stuffed with sticky rice with Taiwanese sausage, but there’s also Taiwanese beef noodle soup, grandma’s Taiwanese rice cakes, umami XO green beans and plantxa-style adzuki mochi. Pre-order online.

bridge of joy
1 Brighton Avenue, Allston

The brother of the mochi donut from Allston’s popular Kimchipapi kitchen offers a special donut, the White Tiger, to celebrate the Lunar New Year – white chocolate with gold leaf. Find it at the shop (located inside Super 88) from January 29 to February 1.

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
270 Third Street, Cambridge

From January 31 to February 15, Sumiao celebrates the Chinese New Year with a variety of delicacies, available on the spot and to take away, and each guest will receive a red envelope. Specials include duck yolk battered golden pumpkin, steamed pork, holiday family steak, steamed whole tilapia, and more. Find reservation, takeout, and delivery links on the restaurant’s website.

Yi Fang Taiwan fruit tea
215 Newbury Street, Boston

Show this Facebook post to the cashier to get 10% off any purchase on February 1. The shop serves fruit teas, brown sugar pearl lattes, and other tea-based beverages.


Meal in person

Health experts consider eating out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated. this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are necessary to verify proof of vaccination for customers who dine indoors.

Neighborhood kitchen
2 Florence Street, Malden

See details in the takeaway section above.

Myers and Chang
1145 Washington Street, Boston

The South End Restaurant offers a special Lunar New Year menu from January 31 to February 2, including dishes such as longevity noodles with prawns; steamed whole fish; tiger stripe shishito peppers; and more. It’s all available a la carte, or feed two for $100 with one of each special (five courses) and white or brown rice. Book online.

Red 8
Encore Boston Harbor, 1 Broadway, Everett

From January 31 through February 6, the casino restaurant is offering a fixed-price Lunar New Year menu (in addition to its regular menu) for two ($180), four ($360), or six ($540). The menu begins with a variety of starters, including slices of five-spice duck; crispy shrimp and taro roll; braised and sliced ​​beef shank; and more. Next, there is a braised fish maw soup with sea bass berries, followed by several starters, including braised pork shanks with sea moss and golden oysters; fresh sea bass steamed with ginger, shallot and soy broth; and more. And the dessert also includes several dishes, such as chrysanthemum jelly cake. Book online.

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
270 Third Street, Cambridge

See details in the takeaway section above.

Urban home
2263 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Hosted by Urban Hearth staff members Ali Garvin and Tong Lee, who celebrate Lunar New Year with their families, this February 1 dinner is a family-friendly menu inspired by traditional holiday recipes from China, Korea and Vietnam , including a pickle of 10 vegetables. appetizers, various dumplings, Korean ribs, and more, as well as specialty cocktails. Guests will walk away with traditional red envelopes as well as a staff-made zine that includes recipes, descriptions of holiday traditions, and more. $65/person; book online (indoor and outdoor options available).

1 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134