Around Town - Lunar New Year, Mizrahi Returns, New NYC Michelin Picks, a Real Big Apple and more...

January 12, 2023, 8:03.31 pm ET  


The Lunar New Year is almost upon us. The Seaport will offer a Lion Dance to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit outside Jean-Georges’ Tin Building at 12:30pm on January 21st.  Other festivities are planned throughout the weekend.

Photo: Chef Guo                           

Chef Guo (135 E. 50th St. between Lexington and Third Avenues), helmed by Master Chef Guo “Anthony” Wenjun–who began his culinary career at 14 as the eighth-generation disciple in the ancient lineage of royal chefs–presents Shi Quan Shi Mei, a luxurious 10-course prix- fixe dinner available from January 21 to January 24 for $398. Highlights of this imperial feast served on exquisite tableware reserved for royalty include Crispy Crabmeat, Premium Abalone, Stewed Silver Swallow with Pears in Autumn, and Quan Jia Fu Guo. The latter is a special hotpot brimming with sea cucumber, abalone, shrimp, squid, fish maw, pork, lion's mane mushroom, and Shanghai bok choy all in a 48-hour chicken stock. This special meal, whose name symbolizes fulfillment of happiness during Lunar New Year festivities with family, is paired with rare teas from Chef Guo’s collection. 


Photos: Chi                                                                                                          

To usher in the Year of the Rabbit, Chi is offering a special family style banquet from January 21 to 29. It's available for lunch or dinner for parties of six or more for $150 per person; highlights of the six-course feast include Lobster in Golden Rice Sauce with Crispy Noodles, Squirrel Fish with Garlic Sauce, and Emperor’s Purse with Shrimp & Fruit. Reservations may be made by calling (212) 918-1470, or e-mailing

Chi is a partnership between Chef Tom Lo and Chef Tom Lei. The two Chef Toms met when Tom Lo, a chef turned anesthesiologist who resides in Forest Hills, decided to partner in Lei’s restaurant Spy C, after tasting his version of the Szechuan classic Cucumber Salad. Chi’s regular menu features that cucumber salad along with a deep roster of other Szechuan favorites, including Chongqing Spicy Chicken and Szechuan Wontons in Chili Oil.

Photo: Claud/Teddy Wolff                                                                                 

The Michelin Guide is adding several New York City restaurants to its list of names up for awards this year. They include Le Rock, Joji, Ipanema, Claud, Kru and Lord’s; among others. BTW Le Rock, Claud and Kru all made the Cititour Top 45 new restaurants of 2022. See the ones Michelin missed.

Chefs Anita Lo (L) and Einat Admony (R) 

Beloved Chef and cookbook author Anita Lo returns to the kitchen for one night, hosted by Chef Einat Admony at Balaboosta. The fun collab will offer a retrospective of some of their favorite childhood comfort dishes eaten while growing up. The event is planned for February 7th from 5:30pm-11pm at Balaboosta (611 Hudson St, NYC). Tickets are $110 PP (gratuity included) and can be purchased via Resy. Lo is best known for her work at annisa, a contemporary American fine dining restaurant in the West Village which she owned and operated for 17 years and which received a three star rating from the New York Times and a Michelin star among other accolades.  She was also the first female chef to collaborate for a state dinner at the white house under the Obama Administration. 

Photo: Isaac Mizrahi                                                                       

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Singer Isaac Mizrahi is returning to Café Carlyle (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue) with an all-new show. The Marvelous Mr. Mizrahi will hold a two-week residency from February 14-25 accompanied by his band of jazz musicians led by Ben Waltzer.  Mizrahi will perform a range of tunes from Arthur Freed to Grace Jones.  Performances will take place Tuesday-Saturday at 8:45pm. Weekday pricing begins at $100 per person; $135 on weekends, and $85 for Bar Seating. Reservations can be made online via Tock.  

The Jewish Food Society presents “The Story That Changed My Life,” a live taping of its award-winning storytelling podcast, Schmaltzy. Hear original stories and readings from New York Magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz on his new book, "Art is Life," comedian Josh Gondelman, and writer Alyssa Shelasky. Following the readings, Schmaltzy host Amanda Dell will sit down with the storytellers for a lively roundtable discussion. In addition to the taping, enjoy bites inspired by the stories, created by chef Mushka Haskelevich (Mushka in the Market) and a Schmaltzy welcome cocktail by beverage consultant Pam Wiznitzer (The Jewish Bartender). Friday, Feb 1 at 7pm. Tickets are $18 per person.


How’s this for advertising?  A realistic subway “Planned Service Changes” sign marks the opening of City League Coffee Roasters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on January 14th at 6808 4th Avenue (right near the R Train). According to the website, this is a labor of love started out of a garage as a family by Dane, Lindsay and their two motivators, a son named Omri, and daughter named Scout. The family used side hustles to buy their first roaster and first bag of coffee beans. Looks like they've already got it in the bag!


One of our colleagues spotted this sign for a new restaurant, called La Voglia, on the corner of 92nd Street and 3rd Avenue on the Upper East Side. The restaurant will occupy the former home of the Corner Café and Yura. Stay tuned.


And finally, a new apple sculpture, La Gran Manzana, by artist Enrique Cabrera has taken up residence on 6th Avenue just across the street from Radio City Music Hall.  The sculpture will be on display through early September.

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town! 


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