Chinese New Year 2 Feb 2011
I think maybe zenim was talking about how it's traditional to have the big CNY's feast the night before the first day of New Year's? Can't be sure.
But I am wondering if, unless a restaurant advertises it outright about a week before, they're saving up their special food and cooking for a staff and/or family celebration for themselves that night.
Joe's Noodle House does a low-key but excellent New Years dinner with special dishes and dumplings. They close at 9 and have a special dinner for the staff and their families. We make it a point to be there every year.
Joe's Noodle House
1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852