chinese new year for great food ...but........
- mizzanonymous Jan 22, 2012 07:59 AM
Without the show. and circus atmosphere.
Could also be on Long Island.
Every Chinese restaurant is going to be busy on CNY, so you have to accept some degree of circusiness will be inherent. That said, some of the more off-the-beaten-path places might be a little less crazed - maybe more native Chinese customers, etc. In Manhattan, I'd try Fuleen Seafood - the restaurants East of Bowery tend to be more sedate, since tourists generally don't wander over there. Also Elmhurst and Flushing (the latter of which is almost Long Island) would be worth a look - Imperial Palace & East Lake Seafood are considered by many to be the best Cantonese out there, if not in the whole city.
The other option is to do something high-end. Anita Lo is doing a CNY menu at Anissa, I just heard - it'll be pricey, I'm sure, but the room there is fairly sedate, especially in comparison to a Chinese restaurant. The (most agree) overpriced and decidedly mixed-reviewed Hakkasan might be another option for an actual Chinese restaurant as well.