Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, February 3, 2016

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Still in town for Chinese New Year? Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in style with our list of the top dining and party options going on over the holiday.

Feb 7: Year of the Monkey Pub Crawl

Feb 7: Year of the Monkey Pub CrawlGet cheeky for Chinese New Year by rampaging across Yongkang Lu with That’s Shanghai. After running wild on the street last month with our hit Christmas pub crawl, we’re back again and teaming up with El Luchador, Blarney Stone, Sliders, Topolino, Zapfler, Café de Stagiaires, Lizzy’s All Natural and Gilligans. RMB150 ticket gets you eight drinks – one for each bar. Tickets available by contacting 8023 2199x2806 or tickets@urbanatomy.com.)
> Feb 7, midday, RMB150 (with eight drink tickets). Meet at Yongkang Lu, see event listing.

CNY Menus

YUE 1525
Enjoy classic red date flavored rice cakes or the textured creamy sensation of coconut with red bean as YUE 1525 offers up limited edition boxes of these traditional holiday treats until Feb 14.
> Until Feb 14, 10am-9pm, RMB158 (per box). YUE 1525.

Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee has crafted a limited edition RMB888 menu that showcases dishes that will bring joy, luck and prosperity in 2016. The meal begins with Crispy duck with imperial caviar, Double boiled fresh Ginseng soup and chicken soup followed by Diced Wagyu beef and pine nut golden cup and a luxurious dim sum platter. Main dishes include Wok-fry lobster in spicy truffle sauce, Jasmine tea smopked spring chicken, Grilled Chilean seabass in Sha Cha sauce and Monkey mushroom stir-fry with lotus root, asparagus and lily bulb in black pepper and homemade fried rice with roasted pork. Comes with specialty desserts and cocktails, plus a complementary specially designed Year of the Monkey coin as a gift. A Chinese lion dance will be performed on Sunday, February 7.
> Until Feb 22, RMB888. 

Shanghai City Bistro
Traditional festive favorites and a vast seafood selection available all month.
> Until Feb 29, 5.30-9.30pm.
Shanghai City Bistro (Marriott).

Morton’s and Morton Steak & Seafood Grille
The iconic Chicago steakhouse celebrates Chinese New Year by offering two four-course set menus perfect for sharing. Menu A features favorites the Ahi Tuna Tower and Bone-In Ribeye steak for RMB1,888 that’s recommended for three to four people. Menu B features added goodies like the restaurant’s signature cut New York strip and miniature jumbo lump crab cake for RMB5,388 that’s recommended for six to eight guests.
> Feb 2-12, 11.30am-11pm, RMB1,888-5,388 (for three to eight people). Morton’s and Morton’s Steak and Seafood Grille.

The Three on the Bund favorite is serving up an all-day eight-course sharing menu for RMB288 per person, with a minimum booking of two guests.
> Feb 6-9, 11am-11pm, RMB288 plus 10 percent. POP, see event listing.

Whampoa Club
Enjoy a variety of feast options such as a Chinese New Year Charm Feat (RMB2,588 for table of six to RMB3,988 for table of 10), the Chinese New Year Felicity Feast (RMB3,188 for table of six to RMB4,988 for table of 10) and the Chinese New Year Bliss Feast (RMB3,988 for table of six to RMB5,988 for table of 10).
> Feb 6-12, RMB2,588-5,998 (per table). Whampoa Club, see event listing.

Kerry Hotel Pudong
A buffet lunch will be served throughout the holidays priced RMB238 (RMB119 for kids 5-12) on February 7 and RMB268 (RMB134 for kids 5-12) from February 8-10, plus 15 percent.
> Feb 7-10, 11.30am-3pm, RMB238-268 (RMB119-134 for kids 5-12) plus 15 percent. Kerry Hotel Pudong

Käfer by The Binjiang One
Executive Chef Andreas Schmid has prepared a four-course sharing menu full of mouth watering dishes like Australian angus beef and dark chocolate desserts.
> Feb 7-13, 11.30am-3pm (Feb 7&11-13) and 5.30-11pm, RMB888 (for two), RMB1,288 (for three) or RMB1,688 (for four). Käfer by The Binjiang One.

Ambrosia Japanese & Yakiniku
Both branches of the refined Japanese restaurant are serving up several Chinese New Year’s Specials. On January 7, guests can enjoy a Surf and Turf Shabu Shabu comprised of fresh sashimi, baked scallop, a Yakiniku platter of ox tongue, Karubi short-rib and black pork, as well as free flow dessert and drinks for RMB388. There will also be a Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea set from Feb 8-11&13 that includes assorted pastries, hearty snacks and bottomless coffee or tea for RMB98.
In addition, Ambrosia on Fenyang Lu is serving up a Teppenyaki driven holiday lunch set menu for RMB298 (plus 10 percent) and a hearty New ear’s Dinner set menu highlighted by tender Icelandic Codfish and Crab leg, juicy Beef Tenderloin and Lamb Chops for RMB688. Meanwhile Ambrosia (Expo) is tempting guests with a festive 10-course set menu with an entertaining live cooking show for RMB520.
> Feb 7-13, 5pm-late, RMB98 (afternoon tea sets), RMB388 (Surf and Turf dinner), RMB520 (dinner). Ambrosia: Fenyang Lu and Expo.

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
Enjoy a traditional family dinner overlooking the scenic Bund with six menu options ranging from RMB4,800-9,800 per table, plus 15 percent.
> Feb 7-13, 6-10.30pm, RMB4,800-9,800 (per table) plus 15 percent. Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund.

Wei Jing Ge
The Waldorf Astoria favorite is serving up dim sum and other festive favorites a la carte from February 7-13. There will also be an eight-course dinner available on February 7.
> Feb 7-13, 5.30-10.30pm, RMB800. Wei Jing Ge.

Dragon Phoenix (Fairmont Peace Hotel)
Enjoy a twist on the traditional at the Fairmont Peace Hotel’s Chinese restaurant. Classic Chinese dishes are infused with contemporary flair courtesy of Executive Chef Ma. A variety of packages are available from RMB688 per person to RMB6,880 per table.
> Feb 7-14, noon-late, RMB688-6,880 plus 15 percent. Fairmont Peace Hotel.

CNY Meals

The Peninsula Shanghai
Yi Long Court is offering a trio of Chinese New Year menus (RMB1,288, RMB1,688, or RMB2,288) per person, while Poon Choi is serving up both a Fortune and Fame menu. Lo Hei is serving up sets ranging from RMB298 for 4-6 to RMB618 for 8-10.
> Feb 7, 11.30am-10pm. The Peninsula.

The Stage (The Westin Bund Center Shanghai)
A large seafood buffet complements a spread of traditional Chinese favorites. RMB428 for adults and RMB214 for children between 4-12.
> Feb 7, noon-11pm, RMB428 (RMB214 for kids 4-12) plus 15 percent. The Stage (The Westin Bund Center Shanghai).

Ai Mei
The Le Royal Meridien restaurant is serving up a decadent set dinner designed by awarding winning Executive Chinese Chef Peter Cheung. It’s RMB1,688 for a 10-course set dinner for a table of at least four, while 12-course set dinners ranging from RMB3,688-5,688 for tables of 10.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10pm, RMB1,688-5,688. Ai Mei, Le Royal Meridien.

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai
Celebrate Spring Festival with an exquisite gourmet buffet that features a variety of seafood, oysters, Beijing roast duck and the finest cuisine from around the world. Each table of 10 will receive a pound cake.
> Feb 7, 5.30-11pm, RMB528 plus 15 percent (half-price for kids 6-12). Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai.

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel
Kick off the Year of the Monkey with the finest in authentic Shanghainese delicacies like Sautéed Tiger Prawns with Dry Chili plus other favorites. A live broadcast of CCTV’s Chinese New Year Gala and art performances will enhance the atmosphere.
> Feb 7, 5.30-7.30pm and 8-10pm, RMB6,888 plus 15 percent (for 10 people). Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel.

Man Ho
The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East’s signature Chinese restaurant offers five sumptuous sets perfect for the holiday’s Reunion Dinner. Enjoy a 14-course meal from RMB4,888-6,888 per table of 10 with one complimentary bottle of imported wine or go big with the 15-course options (RMB,888-12,888) all full of exquisite cuisine crafted by the restaurant’s celebrity Hong Kong chef.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10pm, RMB4,888-12,888 (for table of 8-10). Man Ho, Shanghai Marriott Pudong East, see event listing.

ON56 (Grand Hyatt)
Enjoy Chinese New Year’s Eve in Western style with dinner options from Kobachi, Cucina and The Grill offering recommended dishes from lobster bisque to a Kobachi skewer selection. Round trip tickets to Boston or Seattle are up for grabs in the lucky draw.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10.30pm, RMB588 (RMB688 with free flow house wine and beer). ON56 (Grand Hyatt), see event listing.

Shang Xi (Four Seasons Hotel Pudong)
Chef Simon presents the best in Cantonese cuisine for what promises to be a sumptous holiday feast. New Year Eve set menu available for RMB6,800 (plus 15 percent) for 4-6 people or RMB12,800 (plus 15 percent) for 8-10 people. New Year set menu available for RMB3,288 (plus 15 percent) for 4-6 people or RMB5,800 (plus 15 percent) for 8-10 people.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10pm, RMB6,800-12,800 plus 15 percent. Shang Xi.
> Feb 8, 5.30-10pm, RMB3,288-5,800 plus 15 percent. Shang Xi.

VUE (Hyatt on the Bund)
The Hyatt on the Bund favorite welcomes the Year of the Monkey with a banquet of Chinese delicacies like marinated goose liver with Shaoxin rice wine, yellow croaker fish braised with rice cake, pork belly braised with abalone and soy sauce, plus more.
> Feb 7, 5.30-9.30pm, RMB388. VUE (Hyatt on the Bund), see event listing.

Xindalu Kitchen (Hyatt on the Bund)
Enjoy a banquet fit for an emperor crafted by some of Shanghai’s top gourmet chefs within the palatial confines of Xindalu Kitchen. Highlights of the menu include double-boiled pork knuckle soup with salty ham and bamboo shoot, plus more.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10.30pm, RMB498. Xindalu Kitchen, Hyatt on the Bund, see event listing.

Yu Ting (Eton Hotel)
The Eton Hotel favorite is serving up a spread of festive dishes with tables starting from RMB2,580.
> Feb 7, 5.30-10pm, RMB2,580 (per table). Yu Ting (Eton Hotel Shanghai).

Arte Cafe
Indulge in a festive dinner buffet featuring fresh seafood, suckling pig, dumplings and more. The CCTV Chinese New Year Gala will also be broadcast.
> Feb 7, 6-9.30pm, RMB338 (RMB194 for kids). Arte Cafe (Jumeirah Himalayas).

Café Swiss
Indulge in traditional Chinese festive favorites until you can’t possibly have more as Café Swiss head chef Leon Yan whips up this massive buffet full of favorites like stir fried crab and wok fried scallop.
> Feb 7, 6-10pm, RMB288. Swissotel Grand.

The Golden Shark
Enjoy a traditional Chinese Festival feast  full of all the classic holiday favorites.
> Feb 7, 6-10pm, RMB1,888-3,888 (per table). Golden Shark, see event listing.    

Renaissance Shanghai Pudong
The acclaimed hotel hosts the important Reunion Dinner in style. Enjoy authentic traditional favorites crafted by the award-winning Wan Li Chinese Restaurant while catching up with family.
> Feb 7, 6pm, RMB2,688 plus 15 percent (per table of 10). Renaissance Shanghai Pudong, see event listing.

From a Chinese Cookbook
MVP Shanghai takes over the newly opened restaurant created by master chef Jeremy Leung. Enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner with 16 different plates to be shared, plus beers provided by Birra Viola. Free entrance to the Bar Rouge after-party.
> Feb 7, 8pm-late, RMB200. From a Chinese Cookbook, see event listing.

Bar Rouge
MVP and Bar Rouge kicks off the Year of the Monkey in truly cheeky style, full of stunning performances and plenty of champagne popping.
> Feb 7, 10pm-late, RMB100 (free entry before midnight if RSVP with events@mvpshanghai.com). Bar Rouge, see event listing.

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