Yelp Cleveland’s 5 Places to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

February 5th marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and people all over the world are preparing to celebrate with good food and family. So, if you’re planning to ring in the New Year in Northeast Ohio, Yelp Cleveland has the scoop on highly-rated Asian eateries near you. From spring rolls to dumplings, noodles to hot pots, these five spots are perfect for gathering your family and celebrating the Year of the Pig.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with these local Northeast Ohio spots:

1.) Seoul Garden – Parma

At this hands-on Korean spot, you will be greeted by hot tea on the table and the incredible smell of hot plates. Banchan, side dishes served before your meal, come in many tasty varieties and are meant to be a snack within the meal and used as condiments. They may be spicy, pickled, fried, or braised. For main dishes, the pork belly barbecue is absolutely mouth watering. You cook this DIY dish on a tabletop grill than wrap the meat in lettuce to eat.

Tip: Seoul Garden will end your experience with a sweet yogurt drink for dessert…and send you off with several takeaway containers!

2.) Nam Wah Chinese Vietnamese – Berea

Did someone say “pho”? Escape the winter blues with a hot bowl of pho tai nam – a huge serving of noodles, beef, broth and plenty of veggies. If you’re more of a sandwich connoisseur than a broth lover, Nam Wah is serving up a fresh banh mi sandwich that you can even top with a fried egg. Both are Yelper favorites!

Tip: Try their Vietnamese coffee for a rich beverage with a kick of caffeine and rich sweetened condensed milk.

3.) Wonton Gourmet & BBQ – Cleveland

If you’re seeking savory, authentic Chinese food, Wonton has the extensive menu to satisfy your cravings. From cumin lamb to deep fried pork intestine, their Chinese cuisine will challenge you to try adventurous foods. If you’re not as willing to push your boundaries, try a wonton noodle dish or delicious dumplings!

Tip: Take a look at the photos of the menu items located on the walls to see exactly what you’re ordering.

4.) Siam Cafe – Cleveland

Scallops, hot basil chicken, pork belly with taro root and stir fried snow pea tips are just a few favorites at this Asian fusion hot spot. Whether you are looking for Thai, Chinese, or even Vietnamese cuisine, Siam serves authentic recipes in massive family-style portions.  

Tip: If you’re feeling daring, try the jellyfish – once an Asian delicacy that now finds itself on many dinner tables!


5.) Thai Thai – Lakewood

Thai Thai is not only delightfully decorated but they also serve up some serious flavor with green curry, pad see ew, roasted duck noodle soup, and larb (a Thai street food typically consisting of minced pork, lime juice and chili flakes). Veggie lover? No problem. Several dishes can be made vegan or vegetarian!

Tip: Once a month, the owner has a special bubble tea creation that is simply picture perfect. Think mermaid tails, cotton candy, and donuts atop tea-tastic creations! But, stay on your toes because they sell out fast!

No matter how you plan to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Yelp mobile app can help you find the highest rated spots near you. Simply search “Asian cuisine,” filter by location, and let the magic happen. Happy searching!