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jacques gaudet Jan 25, 2009 08:41 AM

where are you eating tomorrow?

  1. Chandavkl Jan 25, 2009 05:28 PM

    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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      bearmi Jan 25, 2009 07:28 PM

      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!

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      Lau Jan 25, 2009 07:36 PM

      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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        foodwhisperer Jan 25, 2009 10:36 PM

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

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        hungrycomposer Jan 25, 2009 08:54 PM

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

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          bearmi Jan 27, 2009 07:13 PM

          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!

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          UES Mayor Jan 26, 2009 04:11 AM

          to Pig Heaven!! Nancy Lee always has great party four days in a row-great entertainment as well-set menu for this occaision.
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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            hungrycomposer Jan 26, 2009 01:30 PM

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

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              PAULSCOHEN Jan 26, 2009 04:22 PM

              which chinese restos serve the best new years banquet?

              1. re: hungrycomposer
                Chandavkl Jan 26, 2009 04:30 PM

                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.

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                  hungrycomposer Jan 26, 2009 06:13 PM

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

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                    Chandavkl Jan 27, 2009 08:58 AM

                    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.

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                      hungrycomposer Jan 27, 2009 08:07 PM

                      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!"

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