Las Vegas restaurants celebrate Chinese New Year with special menus

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Chinese New Year begins Jan. 31 and many Las Vegas restaurants are serving special menus to help diners usher in a new year of wealth, happiness and good fortune.

The Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner is traditionally very large and includes a variety of dishes like pork, chicken and fish. In Las Vegas, restaurant guests can enjoy everything from dim sum lunches to afternoon tea and five-course meals.

Rice & Company

Wing Lei at Wynn will be serving a dim sum lunch buffet to celebrate Chinese New Year. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 9, the newly remodeled restaurant will offer the opportunity to indulge in dozens of small delicacies including fried or steamed dumplings or shrimp balls, pot stickers, barbeque pork buns and more. Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wing Lei dim sum lunch buffet is priced at $68.88, not inclusive of tax or gratuity.

Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel and Casino will usher in the Year of the Horse with a prix-fixe menu available Jan. 31 through Feb. 14, priced at $49.99 per person. The dinner will begin with a choice of pan-fried pot stickers filled with pork and vegetables, served with ginger soy sauce or the Wicked Roll, made with spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, yellowtail and spicy garlic ponzu sauce.

The second course will offer a choice of egg drop soup or mixed greens salad with ginger dressing. The entrée will include a choice of kung pao chicken, a stir-fry made with chicken, bell peppers, onions, celery and roasted peanuts; beef & broccoli made with garlic oyster sauce and fresh broccoli; or garlic shrimp with vegetables tossed in garlic sauce.

Complete the dinner with the Dessert Duo — exotic fruit and berries served with white peach sake and mint yogurt and Chocolate Passion, a chocolate mousse roll made with passion fruit gel, chocolate cake and vanilla crème Anglaise.

Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge

Guests can enjoy afternoon tea in Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge with Chinese New Year-inspired pastries and handmade fortune cookies. The Tea Lounge offers a selection of high grade Chinese teas and other blends. Tea service will be served by staff trained in the art of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony and who are delighted to share the history of Chinese New Year.

Poppy Den Asian Bistro by Chef Angelo Sosa at Tivoli Village is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a specialty five-course prix fixe meal, available exclusively on Fri., Jan. 31. Sosa’s meal will include: sugar snap pea and water chestnut salad; steamed fish made with black mushroom and ginger; soy braised pork belly with bok choy; Peking duck served with scallion pancakes, pickles and hoisin; and black sesame seed dumplings with condensed milk. The meal is priced at $48 per person.

China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will feature innovative cocktails and delectable menu items honoring the Chinese New Year Jan. 31 through Feb. 14. Menu highlights include Goose, Goose, Duck: seared foie gras, salted egg custard and blood orange; Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate: crispy whole snapper, scallions and ginger; Wealthy Pork Noodle: braised pork belly, hand-pulled noodles and pickled carrots; and XO Scallop: diver scallops, Chinese green beans and house-made XO sauce.

Blossom  at Aria will offer a special dim sum lunch menu in addition to its regular dinner menu Thursday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and a traditional Chinese dinner menu  from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., nightly.

Jasmine at Bellagio will offer a dim sum brunch Jan. 30 through Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and traditional Chinese New Year à la carte menu for dinner at 5:30 – 10 p.m., nightly.

Noodles  at Bellagio will feature a Chinese New Year à la carte menu for lunch and dinner  Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Grand Wok at MGM Grand will feature a special menu with a variety of delicacies for lunch and dinner Jan. 30 through Feb. 6; Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Hakkasan

Pearl at MGM Grand will offer a Chinese New Year menu highlighting dim sum and other Chinese specialties for lunch Jan. 31 through Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand will feature an exclusive Chinese New Year à la carte menu for dinner Jan. 29 through Feb. 9; Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Fin at The Mirage will offer special Chinese dishes for dinner Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 from 5 – 10 p.m.

Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo will offer a three-course Chinese New Year menu priced at $29 per person Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  is offering special dishes Jan. 30 through Feb. 13 in honor of the holiday including Luck Comes Easily (pork shank stewed complete with preserved bean curd); Laughter & Happiness (pan-seared prawns served with sweet tomato sauce); Prosperity & Gold Coins (wok-fried sea scallops with a side of asparagus); Prosperous Home (braised wagyu beef complete with garlic mashed potato puree); Abundance of Energy (stir-fried lobster served with ginger scallion sauce) and Blossoming of Wealth (abalone with a side of mixed mushrooms).

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is offering shaved ice to order with homemade flavored syrups including green tea, blackberry-lychee, mango-passion fruit, strawberry and condensed milk. Toppings to the shaved ice include Azuki red beans, mochi bites, fruit jellies and popping pearls in addition to the already extensive line of toppings and sauces available from the ice-cream station.

Empress Court at Caesars is offering a Chinese New Year dinner menu including rice balls in sweet red bean soup, braised shark fin soup with crab meat, and braised sliced abalones with dried oysters.

Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars is also featuring an exclusive Chinese New Year a la carte menu. Dishes include steamed pig feet, braised dry scallop with abalone mushroom, and winter melon with fish, shrimp and beef balls. The menu will be offered until February 14.

Kristine McKenzie

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