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Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, kicks off on Feb. 7th...If you are planning to celebrate the event, where will you be going and why...need recommendations. (Westchester-based but will travel if it's a good thing.) Thanks...

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  1. Dim Sum at Jade in Flushing on the 10th.

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    1. re: chefstu

      GR, I don't know if Bao's has such a dinner, but whatever you do? Stay 'away' from Hunan Village in Yonkers.

    2. I am in Westchester too but I might try to go to NJ to eat with my Chinese friends. There aren't a lot of Chinese in Westchester so I have been going to NJ for Chinese food if I don't make it to Manhattan or Flushing. Last year, my NJ friends introduced me to a place called "Hunan Cottage". It's actually a Shanghainese restaurant but I don't know why it's got Hunan in its name (might be a legacy from previous owner or may be a way to attract local non-Chinese customers.. not sure). Their menu is similar to that of Joe's Shanghai in Manhattan (mabye the dumplings are not as good as Joe's but other dishes were pretty descent!) in case you are curious. This restuarant is located on Route 46 in Fairfield, NJ. The only down side is that it's a pain to get to from Westchester and it can be hard to see the restaurant on Route 46 if you are not familiar with the area. (If you are heading West going toward Morristown area, the restaurant is on your left hand side).

      Address = 14 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ 973-808-8328 (You may want to call ahead for reservation because they can get quite busy on weekends).

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      1. re: bearmi

        Is it as good as China 46 in Ridgefield?

        1. re: Xiao Yang

          Sorry I have never been to China 46. I have been to Jasper in Parsippany, Noodle Chu in Parsippany, plus this place. I think Hunan Cottage is  better than both Jasper and Noodle Chu. If you remember a restaurant on Route 46 in Saddlebrook called "Little Soochow" before they changed ownership a couple of years ago.... it's similar to that (i.e. before ownership change) but maybe a little cleaner. Hope this helps.

          1. re: bearmi

            Have you been to Petite Soochow in Cliffside Park? It's on Gorge Rd. It's very very good. Apparently it's owned by the people who *used* to own Little Soochow before it changed hands a couple of years ago. I wonder if Hunan Cottage is even better, or is Petite Soochow the superior choice?

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/315124

            Actually now that I've discovered Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove (thanks to Curlz and everybody else who posted about it) next to Cinema 23, I may not drive all the way up to Bergen County for authentic Chinese anymore. Cedar Grove is much closer to me. I recommend Chengdu 1 to my fellow Essex County residents. Of course, Chengdu 1 is authentic Sichuan whereas P. Soochow is authentic Shanghainese, so they're not too similar, but I crave Sichuan more often than I crave Shanghainese.

            I am not surprised that China 46 closed -- it was sometimes good, but once we discovered Petite Soochow, we never went back to China 46.

          2. re: Xiao Yang

            Sad to report that China 46 closed late last year.

            Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove has some fantastic, authentic Sichuan food, though...highly recommend it! (no connection to Chengdu 46)

        2. We are celebrating at someone's home this year, but we went to Aberdeen a couple of years ago for the Chinese New Year banquet, and thought the dinner they provided for the occasion was very good, top to bottom: much better than at Hunan Village. They have some flexibility on what they'll serve, so check out their menu and decide if it's for you.

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          1. re: NickM

            Aberdeen does Chinese New Year? That's good to know. Hunan Village is to be avoided at all costs.

            Does anyone know if Bao's does CNY?

          2. Just heard from the new owner David at East Harbor Chinese & Japanese Restaurant on Central Park Ave., Yonkers, that they will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Feb. 7, 8 & 9, with traditional drum-beating Lion Dances and entertainment...Sounds like fun!

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            1. re: gutreactions

              I will be trying some of the new vegetarian dishes on the menu at East Harbor in Yonkers...can't wait to take in the authentic entertainment there too! Aberdeen in White Plains will have banquets available for larger groups, along with their Dim Sum. Bao in the White Plains Mall will offer new celebratory specialties, I am told. And Stanley up at Imperial Wok on North Broadway, White Plains will be serving extraordinary 18 course banquets for just $39.95 per person Feb. 1 thru 10....

              1. re: gutreactions

                GR, is Imperial Wok back on track? Last I read, they were a place to stay away from.

                I'd be happy to read that they're good again. Thanks for all the tips.

                1. re: dolores

                  delores, I will be trying Imperial Wok again sometime soon and will let you know...in the meantime this is the data they each gave me over the phone...I also have a friend who went to try the new Hunan in Hartsdale last night, and I am waiting to hear her opinion...apparently they have reopened after a fire...

                  1. re: gutreactions

                    GR, instead of CT as planned, we got to go to Imperial Wok yesterday. I didn't find anything changed from previous visits.

                    It's not great, it's no Bao's, but it was fine for what it is.

                    I wouldn't hesitate to go there for CNY.

            2. Some people from work are planning on going to Oriental Palace in Bronxville, which is having a 16 course banguet for $36.95...minimum of four people to get the deal.
              I've never been there and haven't heard much about them. Anyone have an opinion?