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Jan 25, 2009 08:41 AM

The Year of the Ox

where are you eating tomorrow?

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  1. Note that some Chinese restaurants in the Chinese community are actually closed on Chinese New Year's, particularly smaller family run businesses. (Kind of like whether you'd open for business on Xmas Day.) Consequently picking a specific New Year's day destination could be problematical.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Chandavkl is right.... I was in Chinatown last Chinese New Year with friends and we had a hard time finding a place to eat because some places were closed and the ones that were open were packed with people.... Maybe you can try the Chinese places that are further uptown?

      For myself, I am thinking about going to Joe's Shanghai, Szechuan Gourmet, or Wu Liang Ye in midtown tomorrow, depending on my mood. Let's hope these places are open and not too crowded tomorrow night!

    2. alot of the places had signs saying they'd be closed fyi...thats why i did new years last night at cantoon garden last night...most people eat with their families, unfortunately my whole family is in CA

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      1. re: Lau

        I will be at Peking Duckhouse for a party for the new year,,,

      2. I went to Grand Sichuan Saint Marks - crowded, festive, fun and delicious. And a short walk in the bitter cold!

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        1. re: hungrycomposer

          Ha.. I was there too! A friend of mine didn't want to stay in midtown after work so I ended up going downtown. Grand Sichuan was full when we first got there and we were finally seated when we went back 10 minutes later. Glad we decided not to eat at Chipotle even though we were really hungry!

        2. to Pig Heaven!! Nancy Lee always has great party four days in a row-great entertainment as well-set menu for this occaision.

          1. Isn't the big night out new year's eve for Chinese new year's? (last night)

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            1. re: hungrycomposer

              which chinese restos serve the best new years banquet?

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                Traditionally Chinese New Year's eve is spent at home with family. However I'm sure if you can find a place with the good luck dishes you can eat out.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  So is new year's day more traditional for eating out?

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    Well traditionally a lot of the restaurants would be closed, but these days I think it's just the smaller places that still close. These days I know it's good enough for some people to have a family New Year's dinner at the restaurant sometime in the days before or after New Year's rather than necessarily on a particular day.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      Thanks... I keep asking Chinese American friends, and they've all given me different answers, with one constant... "who knows, my family always bends the rules!"