On January 25, the Chinese New Year begins. Also known as the Lunar New Year since several different East Asian cultures celebrate the first new moon of the year, this age-old tradition means ringing in another year by eating lots of lucky—and of course tasty—foods. From dumplings that represent prosperity to piles of noodles that signify longevity, these restaurants are hosting fun fetes to kick off 2020…again.
Now thru Saturday, Feb. 8
Chinese New Year Doughnuts at Fat Straws
The bubble tea shop knowns for its deep menu of customizable drinks and “chewy puff donuts”—that is to say mochi doughnuts made with glutinous rice flour if we want to get semi-technical about it—has crafted a special edition doughnut for the new year. It’s strawberry flavored, coated in a bright red glaze, and crowned with gold dust. Find the Instagram-worthy treat at all four Fat Straw locales Fridays through Sundays at $2.50 a piece or $25 for a preordered dozen. Fat Straws will also pop up at the Asia Times Square festival this weekend (see below) and the Highland Park Village farmers market on February 8.