Although it might not be the first thing you think of when you’re at the dinner table, rabbits are a sign of longevity and elegance in Chinese culture, and the Year of the Rabbit will be ushered in on January 22. Representing vigilance and deftness, rabbits are hailed as quick-witted and intelligent in China.
In this neck of the woods, a few Chinese restaurants will celebrate with special dishes heaped with meaningful and uplifting symbolism, offering those who gather to enjoy them good health, fortune, and a long and prosperous life.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 hopping, seafood-forward fave, located in the White Plains Marriott, is ringing in the New Year with braised lamb and other favored Chinese dishes.914.829.5454
Celebrity Chef Dale Talde is commemorating the New Year with a special rabbit dish. In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant will be offering Half Rabbit, Two Ways: spicy braised Szechuan-style and five spice citrus-fried. The dish feeds two to three people and costs $58.88. Be sure to stop by from January 21-28 to try it!914.730.3663
This northerly mainstay of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, and Thai cuisine will begin adding simple, traditional, celebratory dishes to its voluminous menu for the New Year. Look for the Peking duck, lobster in a scallion sauce, and prosperity-boosting rice cakes with savory Chinese bacon and sausage.
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The Westchester Association of Chinese Americans (WACA) is celebrating the New Year on February 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Its New Year celebration will be full of family activities and performances, and guests will be able to snack on delicious Chinese foods.