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What You're Eating: Lunar New Year Eats

Chi Lin Dining Room 2- Skott Snider
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Ring in 2014 for a second time! Lunar New Year officially begins on January 31st, and for the Year of the Horse, a few restaurants in Los Angeles will offer special menus or meal deals in anticipation of the celebration. There are several places featuring special menus for the occasion. Make room in your calendar to check out a few of these restaurants.

Hand Pulled Noodles - Chi Lin
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Chi Lin
9201 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2068

Chi Lin is one of the newest, upscale L.A.-based Innovative Dining Group properties. The restaurant will offer a three-course "Emperor's Menu" dinner conceptualized by Executive Chef Tyson Wong for the Chinese New Year. For $85, choose from the house soup, Dragon Lobster with forbidden rice or hand pulled noodles, Peking Duck and assorted sweets for dessert. Reservations are recommended. The menu will be available through Thursday, February 13th.

WP24 Small Plates - WP24 Los Angeles
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WP24 Restaurant and Lounge
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8824

Wolfgang Puck's Downtown L.A. eatery has an eight-course menu plus an amuse bouche sampling to start the meal. Dishes include "Hot & Sour" Oxtail Soup, Crispy Skin Sea Bass, Szechuan Style Beef Tenderloin and Mandarin Orange with Coffee Ice Cream. While you're there, take a peek at the Wishing Tree for blessings of prosperity for the year. The cost is $175, and the menu will be offered through Friday, February 14th. Reservations recommended.

Grilled Seabass - Hakkasan
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233 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8661

There are several Hakkasan restaurants in locations around the world, and now L.A. can boast its own. The restaurant will offer an assortment of a la carte entrees featuring a dim sum platter, Pork Trotters with Black Moss, Braised Chinese Cabbage, Jumbo Prawns with Long Beans, Black Sesame and Chocolate Dumplings and more. The cost per plate starts at $18, and the menu will be offered through Saturday, February 8th. Call Hakkasan for reservations.

Braised Short Ribs Bibigo
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Bibigo Beverly Hills
225 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-0011

From January 31st through February 28th, take advantage of bibigo's three-course prix fixe Seollal Supper featuring its signature Steamed Bun, Braised Short Ribs and Korean Pancake for dessert. An optional $10 à la carte item is the celebratory Tteok Mandu Guk--dumpling rice cake soup--that represents well wishes and good fortune for the beginning of the year. The cost for the three-course meal is $25 per person. For an extra $3, add on the soju pairing for each course. This special menu is only available at the Beverly Hills location.

Seafood Buffet 1- Cafe Sierra
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Cafe Sierra
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 284-4253

Cafe Sierra will feature a weekend food celebration available January 31-February 2. Saturday, February 1st is the only day to take advantage of the champagne brunch from 11a-2:30p for $36 per adult. If you can't make it during the day, try the dinner buffet with seafood and prime rib. Dinner hours are 6-10p on Friday and Saturday and 5-9p on Sunday. The cost for adults is $56.

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Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co- editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.
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