What to Eat for the Year of the Rabbit (And Where to Buy it, In Sunset Park)

Get your rabbit on, courtesy Buddakan chef Yang Huang

The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the year of the Rabbit has begin, with events planned in Manhattan’s Chinatown throughout the next two weeks, including a firecracker frenzy in Sara Roosevelt park today at noon, a parade on Sunday (wait, wasn’t there something else to do on Sunday?) and a lantern festival next week.

Expect plenty of red and gold. In between, you’re supposed to eat long uncut noodles, pork, greens, oranges and all kinds of other goodies for good luck, something the Chinese so nicely call “auspicious foods.” Luckily our sister mag Edible Brooklyn captured a run-down of what to eat and why from Buddakan chef and Brooklyn native Yang Huang, in a tasting tour of Sunset Park. Scroll to the end of the story to see his recommendations for the New Year.




Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.