We’re strolling through that time of the year. Fireworks, red envelopes and, if you are lucky enough, delicious meals prepared by your amazing grandmother; Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year by millions of families across the globe. Expect a lot of festivities throughout the months of January and February as San Francisco celebrates the Lunar New Year. Here are a few:
Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco
When? February 11. One of the biggest parades in the country, San Francisco has been hosting this spectacle since the 1860’s. Expect elaborate floats and costumes, firecrackers, lion heads and the impressive 268 foot long golden dragon Gum Lung, which requires an army of over 100 people to move across the streets of Chinatown.
Community Street Fair
When? February 11-12. Fortune telling, acrobats, lion dancers and Chinese calligraphy all brought together for a colorful and fun-filled street fair held on the same weekend as the parade.
Chinatown YMCA run
When? February 19. If you’re feeling like you need to run off all the dim sum you eat during the New Year, the Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year 10k, 5k and 5k walk might be the perfect way for you to feel a little less guilty about overindulging.
Restaurant recommendations for the Lunar New Year
Mission Chinese – Chinese
What started as a trendy Mission pop-up has since become a destination for foodies all around the world. James Beard Award winning Mission Chinese has reinvented traditional Chinese cuisine, taking risks you can thank them for later and sparing no one when it comes to spice.
Hiyaaa! – Korean
The Hiyaaa! food truck takes the flavors of Korea, China and Vietnam on tour, so grab a bowl and take your taste buds on the journey of a lifetime. Don’t forget to take pics!
Dragon Beaux – Chinese
Dragon Beaux, with it’s sprawling dining room and carts piled high with dumpling baskets, is what dim sum dreams are made of. Each delectable bite, whether wok-fried, steamed or crispy, is the stuff Chinese food cravings are made of. Here, “savory” is an understatement.
Dinosaurs Sandwiches – Vietnamese
The debate over the Bay Area’s best banh mi is nearly prehistoric, but Dinosaurs knocks it out of the (Jurassic) park. Their classic approach to the French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich delights carnivores and herbivores alike with fluffy French bread, crunchy fresh vegetables and savory fix-ins galore.
Rice Paper Scissors – Vietnamese
Rice Paper Scissors was born from an inspiring trip to Southeast Asia. Upon their return, owners/BFFs/cool girls Katie and Valerie got their start hosting underground pop-ups serving Vietnamese street food. They’ve since earned a cult following of noodle loving, pho obsessed fans.