Where to Enjoy a Chinese New Year Meal in Westchester

Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome in the Year of the Dragon with these Chinese dishes from restaurants around Westchester.

Although it might not be the first thing you think of when you’re at the dinner table, dragons are symbols of independence and strength in Chinese culture, and the Year of the Wood Dragon will be ushered in starting February 10. Chinese tradition regards dragons as givers of abundance and longevity. They are known to be mythical and confident creatures who lead ambitiously and with conviction.

The lunar new year, known as the Spring Festival in China, begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later, when the moon is full. The dates change slightly each year due to the moon cycles, but it’s typically in late January or early February.

What better way to celebrate this holiday than by eating at (at least) one of the Chinese restaurants dotted all over our neck of the woods? These selections are a few of our favorite spots for enjoying authentic Chinese dishes in Westchester County.

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3 Barker Ave, White Plains; 914.288.0188

Specializing in authentic Cantonese cooking and a dim-sum cart that customers say rivals those that roll in Hong Kong, this always hoppin’ bi-level eatery, located next to the White Plains Marriott, is the place to be this February. This seafood-forward fave is named after the Aberdeen Harbor in Hong Kong, a fishing port lined with fish tanks of the finest quality and variety of seafood. Recommended dishes, besides dim sum, include hand-selected, steamed fresh fish, fresh fish soup, baby bok choy with salt-and-pepper shrimp, and fish-and-bean-curd casserole.


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Tarrytown House Estate, 49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown; 914.829.5454

Celebrity Chef Dale Talde commemorates the New Year with a few special dishes from February 10 to 17, such as a nightly lobster special, red envelopes with giveaways, and “lucky” Satsuma oranges for guests to take home. The mystery red envelopes could have anything inside, but some lucky guests will take home a prize of dinner for two at Goosefeather, complimentary food and beverage items, a signed copy of Chef Talde’s Asian-American cookbook, and more.


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Made in Asia

111 Bedford Rd, Armonk; 914.730.3663

This northerly mainstay of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, and Thai cuisine boasts simple, traditional, and delicious dishes in its voluminous menu that would be the perfect meal for the New Year. Signature dishes range from Szechuan peppercorn crispy white meat chicken with julienned leek, long green pepper, bell pepper, garlic, and a spicy light sweet brown sauce to sautéed flounder filet with ginger and scallion served with sweet pea pod, shiitake mushroom, carrot, and asparagus.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers; 914.963.4550

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 17, the Hudson River Museum holds a day full of activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The festivities include traditional Asian arts, crafts, demonstrations, and performances that are fun for the whole family, such as a ceremonial lion dance and a dragon drum and puppet workshop, among many others. Workshops and performances are free with general admission, but the Planetarium shows and tours of Glenview are ticketed, and it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

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