Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2022 in Miami

Nearly two billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year around the world. It is an important cultural celebration in Asia and among the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean diasporas who live in different parts of the world. (I consider myself one of them, my family having ancestry in Fujian province in southern China.) Also known as Chinese New Year, Tết in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea, it is filled with customs and traditions centered on family and loved ones.

This year’s Lunar New Year, which follows the first new moon in the lunisolar calendar, falls on February 1. While in Miami there is a relatively small Asian population, less than 2% of the county’s 2.7 million residents are of Asian descent. That doesn’t mean the city has run out of Lunar New Year celebrations!

From multi-course meals and lion and dragon dances to musical performances and fun cocktails, here’s a list of places to ring in the Year of the Tiger in Miami:

Mandarin Oriental Miami

From February 1-6, Mandarin Oriental Miami will celebrate Chinese New Year throughout the property, starting with the lobby, which will be decorated with red lanterns and a giant lucky tree with red envelopes. MO Bar + Lounge will feature a special cocktail, Easy Tiger ($18), made with ginger liqueur, ginger, sparkling sake, Miyagawa tangerine, shiso green, artisanal bitters and soda water; and will also serve pork and shrimp shumai ($18) and dan dan noodles ($23).

At La Mar by Gastón Acurio, executive chef Diego Oka will present specialties like the tiradito Tusán ($29), a duck breast marinated for 24 hours in soy sauce and spices, rocoto daikon and chives; a dim sum basket ($19) that includes siu mai pork and shrimp and seared steamed bao with barbecue pork and scallions; and Chilli Duck Stew Noodles ($35), where egg noodles are topped with a Chinese-inspired stew with water chestnut, sesame butter and poached egg.

Guests will also be treated to a lion dance show on February 5 at 8 p.m.

Hakkasan

Hakkasan Miami at the Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach will kick off the Year of the Tiger with a lion dance on Tuesday, February 1. Troops of lions will travel from the hotel’s Bleau Bar to the restaurant where the lion will dance through the wooden lattice cages, offering symbolic expressions of luck, fortune, wisdom and joy.

From January 28 to February 6, the restaurant will offer a limited-edition menu created by international chef Jian Loo. The prix fixe menu will be set at $138 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) for parties of two or more. Specialty dishes will include a trio of xingfu dim sum (baked truffle duck puff, tiger prawn dumpling, wild mushroom puff), salt-crusted baked chicken, wok-fried wild sea bass and lobster egg fried rice with XO sauce.

1-800-Lucky

At Asian food hall 1-800-Lucky, dim sum concept Yip will offer an assortment of dumplings ($6.90 for a basket of four), extra-large pork soup ($15), served with chilli oil and black vinegar, alongside a specialty Tiger Boba Tea. The food hall also created a specialty cocktail for the evening of February 1, Crouching Tiger ($14) made with gin, activated charcoal, passion fruit puree, lemon juice and simple syrup. Jairobi White of A Tribe Called Quest will film at 7 p.m.

2 Korean Girls x Loews Miami Beach

2 Korean Girls, by sisters Jennifer and Michele Kaminski, will host a Lunar New Year pop-up at Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on February 1. Customers can expect dishes like tteokguk, the rice cake soup that symbolizes good luck and prosperity. – their signatures, which include OB Original bibimbap, Korean ribs, Korean fried chicken, kimchi fried rice and specialty cocktails. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Yes

On February 1, Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant Phuc Yea will celebrate the Year of the Tiger with an interactive dinner priced at $65 per person. Five stations will be scattered around the restaurant offering signature dishes like slammed cucumbers, veggie peanut noodles, bun bo hue and char siu roasted cod. There will be two seating options, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will also be hosting a three-hour open bar with specialty cocktails for $55 per person. There will be a dragon dance at 8:45 p.m., a DJ and surprises to take away.

Komodo

Komodo will feature live entertainment with a traditional dragon dance and drums. The menu will be offered à la carte with a number of off-menu specialties.

Tanuki

The Miami Beach restaurant, which serves both Chinese and Japanese dishes, will launch a special sushi roll, Lobster Tiger Roll ($24), from chef Jason Acoba. The roll, consisting of shrimp and kanikama tempura, topped with lobster and drizzled with eel sauce and chipotle aioli, will be available February 1-6. Additionally, the 1st, each guest will receive a special red envelope filled with various gifts, including vouchers for free cocktails, appetizers and desserts.

coconut grove

On Saturday, February 5, from 6-9 p.m., Coconut Grove will host a Chinese New Year celebration on Fuller Street, in collaboration with Wok Star Founder and Content Creator Eleanor Hoh. A symbolic lion dance performance by Master Li of Lee Koon Hung Kung Fu will preface multicultural musical performances on Commodore Plaza with Taiwanese violinist Agnes Lin, Cuban sitar Arsenio Diaz, Japanese shinobue player Yukako, Vietnamese shamisen player Doanh Nguyen and Thai dancer Nipawan Racine. At any time, guests can choose to dine at one of the nearby restaurants – there are eight of them – with the option of ordering takeout and enjoying it on the benches on Fuller Street. These restaurants include: Minty Z, Atchana’s Homegrown Thai, Planta Queen, Duck ‘N Sum, Sushi Garage, Bombay Darbar, Saffron at Grove and Varsol by Akashi.

Temple Street Restaurant

In Fort Lauderdale, the popular Temple Street Eatery will offer a multi-course menu ($75 per person, including drinks) on January 31 at 6:45 p.m. Dishes will include Taiwanese fried chicken, pork gyoza, Hong Kong borscht and lo han chai, also known as Buddha’s delight. The dining experience will also include a lion dance performance by members of the John Wai Martial Arts School, beginning at 8 p.m.

Casa Sensei

From January 28 to February 15, pan-Asian restaurant Casa Sensei in downtown Fort Lauderdale is serving the Eye of the Tiger roll ($19) – salmon, white fish, tuna and avocado, topped with crunchy seaweed, vinegar garlic kimchi and eel sauce.

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