Chinese New Year arrives Feb. 8, but the celebrations at local restaurants already have started.
The holiday marks the start of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese zodiac has 12 animal signs, and 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.
Here are some spots with plans for the festivities.
MOONSTONE, 14 Northern Blvd., Great Neck; 516-500-1000, moonstoneny.com
Special dishes, including braised abalone, steak kew with pepper sauce, lobster with ginger and scallions, braised “longevity” noodles with mushrooms and chives, and pan-seared rack of lamb will be featured from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9. Prices range from $18 to $43.
WEST EAST BISTRO, 758 S. Broadway, Hicksville; 516-939-6618, westeastbistro.com
West East will host lion dancing shows on Jan. 29, 30 and 31, and Feb. 5, 6 and 7. The restaurant will offer an eight-course menu for $38.88 a person plus tax and tip. Among the dishes will be kung pao chicken, “shaking” beef, hot-and-sour soup and banana-mango spring roll.
CHEF WANG, 1902 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park; 516-354-2858, chefwangny.com
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 8, the dining room will include a 10-to-12 person table. There will be a multicourse menu including fare such as tea-smoked duck and sautéed prawns. The table goes for $500.
P.F. CHANG’S, Locations in Huntington Station, Lake Grove and Westbury
Red envelopes that may contain free offers will be on trees near the dining rooms. Five of them nationwide will offer free dining at the chain for a year. Specials include Sichuan chile-garlic chicken ($16.50), steamed and ginger-seasoned Hong Kong-style sea bass ($26.95) and “long life” egg noodles with crisp garlic prawns ($14.95).