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20 Ways to Eat and Drink Through Chinese New Year

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgWesternized New Year's Eve is more about drinking, sometimes to the point of oblivion, but in the East, Chinese New Year is a change to honor friends and family with food. With the Year of the Snake arriving this weekend, here's 20 ways to eat and drink your way through this holiday to have a prosperous and happy year.

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Blossom

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Blossom will be open on Sunday and Monday for a Dim Sum lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and will offer a traditional Chinese menu for dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Buffet at Bellagio

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The Buffet at Bellagio will feature gourmet Chinese dinner specials today through Sunday and a gourmet brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

China Poblano

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Now through Feb. 28, China Poblano has cocktails and menu items for the Chinese New Year. Look for Goose, Goose, Duck with seared foie gras, salted egg custard and blood orange; 18 Monk Noodle with hand-cut wheat noodle, chanterelle mushrooms and aged dark soy sauce; scallop and long bean with black bean paste, diver scallops, Chinese long beans and house made black bean paste; Lions Head with Saffron Napa Cabbage with pork, jicama, saffron and Napa cabbage; and Xinjiang Uyghur Lamb Chops, grilled lamb chop, toasted cumin, sweet onion and pomegranate. Cocktails include the Mei Mei, Plum Delight and Imperial Tea.

Diaoyutai State Guesthouse at Tuscany Kitchen

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The Diaoyutai State Guesthouse returns to the Tuscany Kitchen at the Bellagio for a series of exclusive dinners Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. The eight-course dinners reflects historic dishes modernized from ancient menus. It will be prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team, dressed in traditional Chinese attire and led by executive chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse. Even the tableware was shipped from Beijing to Bellagio for the event. Tickets go for $500 per person at 1-866-406-7117.

Dragon Noodle Co.

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On Sunday, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo will feature a $29 special three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fin at the Mirage will offer special Chinese dishes on Sunday through Monday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. Select lounges at the resort also will offer special Chinese New Year libations Sunday through Feb. 18.

Fleur by Hubert Keller

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Fleur by Hubert Keller will feature a four-course prix fixe dinner menu on Sunday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Fú at the Hard Rock Hotel will have a special menu starting Sunday that includes Ground Full of Gold Coins with shrimp stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, Laughter & Happiness with pan-seared prawns with a sweet tomato sauce, Prosperity & Gold Coins with sun-dried sea scallops with sea moss, Luck Comes Easily with pork shank stewed in a preserved bean curd and Prosperity & Good Occurrences with oysters with sea moss.

Fusion Mixology Bar

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The Palazzo’s Fusion Bar will offer the Jaina cocktail. This cocktail was created by Fusion Bar mixologists Wendy Verdel-Hodges and Cynthya Halog, who were inspired by a number of exotic ingredients after walking through an Asian market one night. The Jaina cocktail, served in a martini glass, mixes Lemon Grass infused G Saki, Gogi Bery infused Absolut vodka, lotus root syrup, lemon juice, Chinese bitters and Dragon fruit, which was the inspiration for the cocktail’s name.

The Grand Wok & Sushi Bar

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Grand Wok at the MGM Grand will feature a special menu on Saturday and Sunday as well as Feb. 15-17.

Holsteins Shakes & Buns

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Holsteins Shakes & Buns at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is celebrating Chinese New Year with The Rising Sun burger. The burger is made of Kobe beef, teriyaki glaze, Nori Furikake, crispy yam, spicy mayo and tempura avocado and costs $17.

Jasmine

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On Sunday, Feb. 17, Jasmine will offer a Dim Sum lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a traditional Chinese menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Mandarin Tea Lounge

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Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge has Chinese New Year-inspired pastries, handmade Fortune Cookies and a specially crafted sugar snake created by Pastry Chef Gianni Santin. The Chinese New Year afternoon tea service is priced at $35 per person and is available from today through Monday.

MOzen Bistro

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MoZen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental is offering the Year of the Snake Dim Sum menu and a Prosperity Yu Sheng menu from noon to 10 p.m. today through Monday. The dinner for $65 per person serves Chinese dishes such as roast Peking duck Ccepes, Charsiew pork with lemongrass prawns, corn and crab soup, and a choice of fillet of cod with XO sauce, Singapore chilly crab, or Hainanese chicken rice. MOzen Bistro’s Sunday brunch will showcase a special selection of Chinese-inspired entrees and desserts.

Rice & Company

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Rice & Co. at the Luxor has a $65, three-course pre-fixe dinner menu to celebrate Chinese New Year from Sunday through Feb. 24.

Pearl at the MGM Grand will offer a traditional Chinese menu in addition to a Dim Sum lunch on Saturday through Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Public House

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Public House at the Venetian is celebrating Chinese New Year by offering a Snake Bite cocktail in honor of the Year of the Snake. The Snake Bite is served in a beer pint for $8 and consists of Joseph James Lager and Ace Cider.

Tao Asian Bistro

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Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian has three special dishes for the Chinese New Year. Look for Jiaozi, Chinese beef dumplings with ginger peanut sauce, twin lobster tails stir fried Szechwan style with garlic chili sauce, pee wee potatoes and Long beans and Gold Coin almond cookie sandwiches, coin-shaped almond cookies with ginger ice cream and chocolate chips.

Shibuya

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Shibuya also will offer special dishes Sunday through Feb. 17.

Zine Noodles Dim Sum

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Chef Simon To of the Palazzo’s Zine Noodles Dim Sum has created a special limited-time menu to celebrate Chinese New Year. The special menu includes Firecracker Manila Clams infused with Chinese white wine, fish paste and spicy roasted pepper; and Winner’s Daily Soup, which is a must-have for all casino players.

Blossom

Blossom will be open on Sunday and Monday for a Dim Sum lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and will offer a traditional Chinese menu for dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Buffet at Bellagio

The Buffet at Bellagio will feature gourmet Chinese dinner specials today through Sunday and a gourmet brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

China Poblano

Now through Feb. 28, China Poblano has cocktails and menu items for the Chinese New Year. Look for Goose, Goose, Duck with seared foie gras, salted egg custard and blood orange; 18 Monk Noodle with hand-cut wheat noodle, chanterelle mushrooms and aged dark soy sauce; scallop and long bean with black bean paste, diver scallops, Chinese long beans and house made black bean paste; Lions Head with Saffron Napa Cabbage with pork, jicama, saffron and Napa cabbage; and Xinjiang Uyghur Lamb Chops, grilled lamb chop, toasted cumin, sweet onion and pomegranate. Cocktails include the Mei Mei, Plum Delight and Imperial Tea.

Diaoyutai State Guesthouse at Tuscany Kitchen

The Diaoyutai State Guesthouse returns to the Tuscany Kitchen at the Bellagio for a series of exclusive dinners Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. The eight-course dinners reflects historic dishes modernized from ancient menus. It will be prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team, dressed in traditional Chinese attire and led by executive chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse. Even the tableware was shipped from Beijing to Bellagio for the event. Tickets go for $500 per person at 1-866-406-7117.

Dragon Noodle Co.

On Sunday, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo will feature a $29 special three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fin

Fin at the Mirage will offer special Chinese dishes on Sunday through Monday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. Select lounges at the resort also will offer special Chinese New Year libations Sunday through Feb. 18.

Fleur by Hubert Keller

Fleur by Hubert Keller will feature a four-course prix fixe dinner menu on Sunday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Fú at the Hard Rock Hotel will have a special menu starting Sunday that includes Ground Full of Gold Coins with shrimp stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, Laughter & Happiness with pan-seared prawns with a sweet tomato sauce, Prosperity & Gold Coins with sun-dried sea scallops with sea moss, Luck Comes Easily with pork shank stewed in a preserved bean curd and Prosperity & Good Occurrences with oysters with sea moss.

Fusion Mixology Bar

The Palazzo’s Fusion Bar will offer the Jaina cocktail. This cocktail was created by Fusion Bar mixologists Wendy Verdel-Hodges and Cynthya Halog, who were inspired by a number of exotic ingredients after walking through an Asian market one night. The Jaina cocktail, served in a martini glass, mixes Lemon Grass infused G Saki, Gogi Bery infused Absolut vodka, lotus root syrup, lemon juice, Chinese bitters and Dragon fruit, which was the inspiration for the cocktail’s name.

The Grand Wok & Sushi Bar

Grand Wok at the MGM Grand will feature a special menu on Saturday and Sunday as well as Feb. 15-17.