It’s a swine of the times. Feb. 5 officially kicks off the Chinese Lunar New Year, and a ton of fun events are celebrating it.
It’s said that those born in the year of the pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) are realistic, energetic, enthusiastic and a little materialistic.
They may think it’s their lucky year, but it’s quite the opposite. It’s actually a concern that inspires some to protect themselves from bad fortune, according to chinesenewyear2019.com.
Aside from that, it’s the beginning of a new year, heralding fresh relationships, opportunities and chapters in our lives. And since the city has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia, there’s no shortage of parties, events and restaurant specials.
So head to these cultural centers, restaurants and festivals to ring in the New Year.
Philippe Chow (Upper East Side & Meatpacking): From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Upper East Side location, and from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at its Meatpacking location, lion dancers will perform around the restaurant, encouraging guests to put pieces of lettuce or money into the dragon’s mouth for good luck. Both locations will be serving a special “Tipsy Pig” cocktail (a blackberry martini with pineapple) and a ginger beer float with fever tree (a coconut sorbet, citrus whipped cream and Chinese black sesame cookies).