Lunar New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1, this year, kicking off just over two weeks of celebrations. It also ushers in the Year of the Tiger — the third animal in the Chinese zodiac associated with bravery, competitiveness, confidence, and even unpredictability. Food is always a big part of the Lunar New Year celebrations, with dumplings, spring rolls, longevity noodles, steamed fish, and sweets like nian gao or year cake (glutinous rice cake) playing vital roles at the table. Here’s a round-up of Nashville events and specials around town to mark the holiday.
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Sunda New Asian Nashville
In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Sunda New Asian will offer Lunar New Year specials for the entire month of February. Special Lunar New Year features include cumin lamb dumplings, seafood lo mein, and pan-seared rainbow trout.
Maneet Chauhan’s stunning upscale Chinese spot will open on Tuesday, February 1 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The full menu will be available alongside specials like a miso and mirin black cod and Szechuan-spiced tangerine chicken.
In addition to The Hart’s full menu, the Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant will also be serving specials including traditional offerings crafted by Chef Michael Gibson. available only for the Lunar New Year starting at 5 p.m. on February 1. Options include pork and cabbage dumplings, cabbage and radish, pork steamed buns, and longevity noodles. Tangerine ice cake will be available as a dessert offering, as a nod toward the fruit that symbolizes the Chinese New Year. To drink, The Hart will also be serving limited edition cocktails for the celebration.