In 2022, Lunar New Year begins on February 1. This annual celebration signifies the beginning of the calendar year through moon cycles. Celebrated primarily in East Asian cultures, communities welcome the Lunar New Year, in part, by dining on delicious foods that bring good fortune. From macarons that bring abundance to “longevity noodles”—you know, long noodles, long life—these North Texas restaurants are ready to ring in the new year.
Asia Times Square
The 2022 Lunar New Year is Asia Times Square’s 15th annual celebration. With great spirit, this market in Grand Prairie is holding two celebrations in January (one was last weekend, the next coming up). Asia Times Square will bring the party vibes with several K-pop performances, lion dances every two hours, and all the lucky foods you can eat in hopes of a promising year. (Asia Times Square also encourages mask-wearing and the utilization of their indoor sanitation stations.)
Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen
In Lower Greenville, Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen will be hosting a three-day celebration. On the menu, find special dishes for the Lunar New Year: two different pan-fried sticky rice cake options (beef ham or a vegan option), also known as banh chung chien, and a ha noi noodle dish that is commonly composed of rice vermicelli noodles in a chicken broth with dried shrimp floss, shredded chicken, Vietnamese ham, thinly fried egg, pickled daikon, shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese sausage, formally known as bun thang.
On January 29, Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen will also randomly distribute lucky envelopes randomly throughout the day as well as perform a Lion dance at 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 25–Feb. 5
Ring in the new year at Nuri Grill, a steakhouse in Koreatown, where you can tuck into specials like tteokguk (rice cake soup), shrimp pancakes, and galbi-jjim (braised short ribs).
Macarons are an auspicious treat that bring in a “sweet” year. Luckily, Fair Moments macaron shop is providing gift box sets ($15 for six or $25 for a dozen) for the celebration starting January 22 or while supplies last. Similar to the abundance macarons encourage for the Lunar New Year, there is also an abundance of flavors to choose from: pandan, red bean, lychee, soursop, matcha, durian, and ube.