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Feb 7, 2008 10:25 AM

Chinese New Year

Anyone know of any special Chinese new year menus tonight in DC? I know places like The Source are doing something, but i'm looking for an actual chinese place...

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  1. Gong Xi Fai Cai! i don't know of anywhere in DC proper that is having anything special but I would hazard a guess that a lot of places may be closed in observance of the holiday - I found this out the tough way trying to buy noodles at my local Asian grocery store this morning. They were closed. I know in years past I've gone on the Eve of the holiday or the weekend of, usually bc wherever we've wanted to go has been closed. Be interested to know where you end up?

    1. Maybe I'll just troll china-block and see what's available....

      1. I was toying with the idea of dim sum this weekend. Do we think that will be closed? Also, how crowded has Hollywood East on the Boulevard been lately?

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        1. re: caphill2320

          I called Oriental East and they were open for dimsum this weekend. Many places observe on the day - today, so i would call ahead if you plan on eating out tonight.

          1. re: caphill2320

            I was at Hollywood East on a Saturday a couple of weekends ago, approximately 11:00. plenty of tables when we got there. busier when we left after noon.

            1. re: Geoff

              What's better these days? Lucky 3, Oriental East or Hollywood East?

              1. re: caphill2320

                Hollywood East, by a mile.

                FWIW, both Hollywood East and New Fortune are having Lion Dancers at various times this weekend - and the lines to get in usually start at 10:30am on New Years weekend. If you get there when they open at 11, you could wait an hour...

                1. re: caphill2320

                  Hollywood East is way overrated and Lucky 3 has new ownership. I would stick to Oriental East. Save the lion dance for DC's Chinatown, Lakeforest Mall (MD), or Fair Oaks Mall (Va) this weekend.

                  1. re: Chownut

                    We can agree to disagree. I've always felt that New Fortune and Hollywood East were the best, though Oriental East is good (but not as good). Lucky 3 was NOT good on my last visit a couple of years ago.

            2. I'd love to hear where you went, if anywhere. In the past several years, I've tried several different Chinese restaurants on Chinese New Year's and Chinese New Year's Eve. All of them, with the exception of City Lights (don't blame me, I didn't choose that one!) were absolute madhouses. Each experience has been such a misery of parking battles and crowds that I just refused to go out this year.

              1. I ended up going to my go-to for Chinese food in DC. While they didn't specifically have a New Year menu, I ordered individual dishes to comprise my own holiday-themed menu... (steamed whole fish, uncut noodles, etc.) Actually, it was very, very good.