Celebrate the Year of the Rooster this weekend with special menus and cultural events at these Connecticut restaurants.
Shu Restaurants in Fairfield and West Hartford, and Han Restaurant in Hartford, present the essence of Sichuan opera with special performances of Chinese face-mask changing, in celebration of Chinese New Year. Shu Fairfield hosts its performance Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Shu West Hartford’s is Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Han hosts Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy celebration dishes such as Wanxiang grilled fish, steamed whole fish, and tea smoked duck, along with classic hot pot at Han. Reservations: 203-255-6888 (Fairfield); 860-519-1740 (West Hartford); 860-216-5726 (Hartford.) shurestaurantct.com; shuwesthartford.com; hanrestaurantusa.com.
Forbidden City Bistro, 335 Main St., Middletown, offers a special Chinese New Year menu Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, with dishes like soy-lacquered flatiron steak with baked vegetable rice ($24); spice-rubbed monkfish with congee ($26) and ramen with seafood in a Nyonya curry broth ($22.)
The restaurant also hosts a Chinese New Year wine dinner Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.; cost is $100. 860-343-8288, forbiddencitybistro.com.
Char Koon, 882 Main St., South Glastonbury, also offers a special Chinese New Year menu Jan. 26 through Feb. 2, with dishes like flounder filet with sweet chili sauce ($17); stir-fried beef with Chinese broccoli ($16) and Shelter Bay Seafood Platter (stir-fried shrimp, scallops, calamari and asparagus with chili paste, $20.) 860-657-
Table 570, 570 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, offers its Chinese New Year's menu Jan. 26 to 29, with dishes steeped in tradition: salt and pepper Dungeness crab, jellyfish Cantonese style, stir-fried conch, filet of fish Szechuan style, stir-fried surf clam, crispy striped bass and more. Items are $5.88 to $48.88. 860-651-4888, table570asianfusion.com.