When it comes to the Year of Earth Pig, which begins on Feb. 5, food choices are anything but limited.
Consider chef Morimoto’s menu at Momosan NYC at 342 Lexington Ave., which features pork dishes like crispy mimiga — fried pig ear, shichimi and Japanese mayo for dipping; and tonkotsu — a noodle dish that includes pork chashu, aji-tama, takana, kikurage, toasted nori, garlic oil and soy tare.
Meanwhile, uptown, Atlas Kitchen on the Upper West Side features a Chinese new year special from February 5th to 21st, with dishes including coral lobster with salted duck egg; two pepper with braised goose intestine; foie gras udon with fried dough; and grilled quail with cumin.
Downtown, Little Alley will also feature classic Shanghainese Chinese new year dishes, including cheese baked lobster; Dungeness crab with salted duck egg; Little Alley braised pig trotter; and sweet and sour pork with pineapple.
Tang Hotspot also offers a $ 65 Chinese New Year prix fixe, on Feb. 4 to 5, featuring a Zhangcha tea smoked duck entree. Finally, on February 5th and 6th, Philippe Chow’s two locations will host a traditional ceremonial Lion Dance show that includes a costumed dragon and dancers – putting lettuce or money into the mouth of a dragon is said to bring good luck.
Both locations will also be serving a Tipsy Pig cocktail, a blackberry martini with pineapple; as well as a special Ginger Beer float dessert with fever tree, coconut sorbet, and citrus whipped cream along with Chinese black sesame cookies. Even Macallan is marking the new year with a Lunar Year Limited Edition Gift Box with two double cask 12 year old bottles of whiskey in special Year of the Pig packaging.