Holidays can be a lonely time for expats in Shanghai, but perhaps none lonelier than Chinese New Year. It’s cold, every Chinese person is home so the city looks like a deserted bomb shelter (a feeling accentuated by the 24-hour fireworks), and most restaurants are closed, leaving you hungry. But don’t fret, for we’ve listed five Chinese New Year dinners that will help you feel included, and full.
Dragon Phoenix: On January 30, Dragon Phoenix’s chef Xu whips up a special a la carte selection. Minimum spending of RMB600 per person required.
600RMB // 5:30-10pm // Dragon Phoenix // Fairmont Peace Hotel, 8/F, 20 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (南京东路20号, 上海和平飯店8楼, 近中山东一路).
Mercato: From Jan 27-Feb 2, Mercato puts an Italian spin on CNY by offering a festive spread to share. To book a private room you must have a minimum 10 guests.
198RMB // 6-11pm // Mercato // Three on the Bund, 6/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (广东路17号, 外滩三号6楼, 近中山东一路).
Jean Georges: Frankify your CNY by hitting up Jean Georges from Jan 27-Feb 2, where they’ll be offering two mouth-watering Spring Festival menus: a four course lunch for 498RMB and a six-course dinner for 1458RMB.
498RMB lunch, 1458 dinner // 11:30am-10pm // Jean Georges // Three on the Bund, 4/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (广东路17号, 外滩三号4楼, 近中山东一路)
Kathleen’s on the Bund: On Jan 30, Kathleen’s Waitan ushers in Year of the Horse with two special dinner sets: a 3-course for 528RMB and a 4-course for only 60RMB more. Head on down and experience dinner overlooking the fireworks. Reserve at (0)21-666-00-989.
528RMB 3-course, 588RMB 4-course // 5:30-11pm // Kathleen’s Waitan // 4/F, 200 Huangpu Lu, near Qingpu Lu (黄浦路200号4楼, 近青浦路).
Four Seasons Shanghai: In the mood for a more customized CNY feast? Head up the lavish buffet at the Four Seasons’ Café Studio on January 30 to chow on a selection of scrumptious buffet dinner of crab, shrimp, oysters, sashimi, sushi and clams, Beijing duck, roasted beef rib, and more to be washed down with free-flow beer, soft drink, red and white wine. Contact (0)21-6256-8888-1889, or email [email protected] for more info.
468RMB // 5:30-11pm // Café Studio // Four Seasons Hotel, 1/F, 500 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu (四季酒店, 威海路500号1楼, 近石门一路).
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].