Chinese New Year is truly an underrated holiday. You get to relive your celebrations from 4 weeks prior all while indulging in your favorite Chinese food. What more could you ask for?
What’s the best way to celebrate your new favorite holiday? Eat. Eat a lot of Chinese food. Check out any of these 5 Chinese restaurants to bring in the (Chinese) new year the right way.
1- Lao Sze Chuan
Lao Sze Chuan is a hip restaurant and bar. Their location in Evanston and their trendy décor inside is the reason why it is such a popular spot.
This place is young, vibrant, and laid back, all at the same time. It gives off a very modern vibe. You can go there to enjoy a few drinks, or have a high-end sit down meal.
In addition to its great ambience, Lao Sze Chuan’s serves food far better than your average hole in the wall Chinese restaurant.
The portions are large and they have a giant menu.
While there are plenty of options at Lao, I tend to stick to the classics. I ordered the orange chicken mildly spicy, and I was not disappointed in the least.
The personal customization on a lot of their dishes is also what sets Lao Sze Chuan apart from other high end Chinese restaurants.
2- Wow Bao - The Loop
In the heart of the downtown Chicago, Wow Bao is becoming one of the most popular restaurants for Chinese.
The restaurant itself is modern and pristine. It’s a great place to sit down for a quick bite if you don't have the time to visit one of the other places on the list.
Although Wow Bao is a chain, they still serve nearly authentic Chinese food for a very good price. For that reason, I recommend stopping by Wow Bao if you’re only looking for a quick celebration of the new year. This is not for the die hards who love to celebrate Chinese new year.
Their most popular dish is obviously their “bao” dish: essentially a Chinese sandwich. It’s a steamed bun with various Chinese meats inside of it.
I wouldn’t mind a dozen of these on this cold weekend.
3- See Thru Chinese Kitchen
North Park is home to this trending Chinese restaurant in Chicago. See Thru Chinese Kitchen is the perfect delivery/takeout Chinese food.
When I ordered See Thru Chinese Kitchen, I was shocked at how much food they gave me for one order of orange chicken. The portions were enormous. You know what that means… Chinese take out leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
For those balling on a budget, you’re in the luck. See Thru is by far the best bang for your buck.
4- China Wok
China Wok is next on the list, and it’s a happy medium behind high end restaurants like Lao Sze Chuan and See Thru.
With a 4-star rating on Yelp, China Wok is a must if you are ordering takeout or delivery for Chinese New Year. It was the highest quality of Chinese food that has ever been delivered to my door. You can experience this magic as well, no matter where you are.
China Wok has restaurants all over the Chicagoland area; from Arlington Heights and Evanston, to Orland Park and the Loop.
China Wok is famous for their orange chicken and chicken fried rice. It actually has big pieces of chicken in it! This is relatively hard to find when ordering Chinese food to deliver nowadays.
5- Chengdu Impression
Not looking for a long sit-down dinner or an order of delivery to celebrate the Chinese New Year? No worries. Chengdu Impression is the place for you.
It has everything in between. Chengdu Impression is the go-to spot for a quick bite before going out to “celebrate” at Lincoln Park bars. Chengdu is a perfect pit-stop for something quick. They have plenty of appetizers: hot or cold.
My favorite are the sesame balls; the sesame seeds give them just the right amount of crunch, and they can’t be beaten when paired with their sweet & sour sauce.
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