This year, the Chinese Lunar New Year is Friday, February 12th, and according to the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the year of the metal hole, which stands for “hard work, kindness and generosity”. Greet those New Year hopes at restaurants in the Houston area with tasty, festive dining and entertainment to enjoy with family and close friends. All of the locations listed here practice social distancing and other security protocols, but please give the locations a call you want to visit for specific questions. We will update as soon as more events are announced.
Ginger cabbage in Hermann Park, 6104 Hermann Park Drive: Take a look free dragon dance performance on February 13th at 2pm in front of this chic café During your stay, grab a picnic from the menu of burgers, sandwiches, fresh juices, and more. Masks are urgently requested. Call (832) 539-8988 for more information.
The Chinese New Year celebration at Phat Eatery includes a six-course tasting menu and live lion dance performances. Event photo taken before the pandemic. Photo by Sabrina Miskelly.
Fat restaurant, 23119 Colonial Parkway: This Malaysian street food hotspot is hosting a two-day celebration that includes a six-course tasting festival and a live lion dance Performance by Lee Golden. It’s Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th with seating at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. One of the highlights of the menu is the traditional Malaysian salad Yu Sheng (Prosperity Throw), Honey-glazed char siu Berkshire pork, Snow peas tips with lobster and egg tofu, and Lamb rendang. It costs $ 48 per person. There will also be seating on Friday, February 12th, at 6 p.m. without a dance performance. To make reservations, email Phat Eatery.
Find pork dumplings on UB Preserv’s daily menu and order for the Lunar New Year celebrations. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography
UB Conservation, 1609 Westheimer: Choose from menu classics such as Pork dumplings, crispy rice salad and Vietnamese Short Rib Fajitas or special holiday dishes. The latter are available from February 10th to 13th and include 12 sweet and savory dishes such as Chinese chicken salad, Honey pecan prawns, Eggplant with garlic sauce, black bean clams, Cumin leg of lamb and Happy family with scallops, prawns and pork belly. All items are available to eat, take away and deliver. Visit the website for reservations, orders and more information.
Klaus brewery, 10142 Jones: Sit back with a brew during the Lunar New Year Lion Dance Celebration. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the food truck Lunchbox Hippies will be on site for noshing. Participation in the event is free, but food and drinks are not. Visit the events page for more information.
The local non-profit organization Soaring Phoenix performs lion dances in honor of the Lunar New Year at Le Colonial. Photo by Alex Montoya
Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer: Enjoy two Live lion dance performances by the local nonprofit Soaring Phoenix on Saturday February 13th. The 3pm show takes place outside in the plaza in the River Oaks District across from Toulouse and the 5pm show can be seen throughout the restaurant at Le Colonial. The 45 minute event includes elaborate costumes, living music and other joys. Reserve online or by calling (713) 904-1310. Guests must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks when away from a table.
Earn one “mala dollar” for every $ 20 spent through February 14th. Courtesy photo.
Bistro Mala Sichuan, Multiple locations including Chinatown: partake of the Chinese tradition of red envelopes with a yummy twist. For every $ 20 spent in a Mala restaurant through February 14, diners will receive one red envelope with a “Mala Dollar” (Limit of three earned per order). These dollars can be redeemed for cash at any of the four locations. Use them for yourself or give them away to friends and family. Available while stocks last.
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