Chop Shop II

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a decadent tasting menu

By Hannah Howard

Happy year of the pig! According to the Chinese zodiac, the pig is diligent, compassionate, easy-going, and generous. And if the Lunar New Year menu at Chop Shop II is any indication, it’s going to be a highly delicious and abundant year.

The space at the Flatiron restaurant is minimalist and comfy, with lots of blonde wood and a buzzy bar. And to celebrate China’s most important holiday, Chop Shop’s Lunar New Year menu features favorites and highlights from the restaurant’s pan-Asian menu, with dishes perfect for sharing. But first, to kick off the festivities, there’s your choice of a sweet-tart passion fruit spritz or glass of prosecco.
To start the feast, dig into crispy chicken lollipops, pork buns slathered with hoisin and sprinkled with crunchy peanuts, or salmon tartare tossed with arugula and cucumber. The larger plates include a flash-fried organic baby chicken that’s coated in a light and crispy rice flour batter and seasoned with copious amounts of salt and pepper. Its crackly skin yields to fantastically juicy meat. Pair it with crab fried rice—generous on the sweet crab—and glazed Japanese eggplant made flavorful with garlic-chile paste. Other sharable options include noodle and curry dishes, a ginger-scallion steamed bass, and a rich, braised pork belly with chestnuts.

Garlicky pea tendrils provide a fresh contrast to the main plates, and a bowl of mango sorbet for dessert is packed with bright, vibrant flavor. There’s no doubt it’s going to be a wonderful year.

Lunar New Year dinner menu ($40 per person):

Lychee prosecco spritz

Choice of two:
Pan-fried vegetable dumplings
Pork belly buns
Salmon tartare
Chicken wings Thai style

Choice of three:
Yi mien—long life noodles with mushrooms or shrimp
Crab fried rice
Green curry with eggplant and shrimp
Steamed bass ginger scallion
Hong shao ro—braised pork belly and chestnuts
Penang vegetable curry
Glazed Thai eggplant
Fried baby chicken

Mixed gelato


Dinner: Mon–Wed 5 PM–10 PM; Thu–Sat 5 PM–10:30 PM; Sun 5 PM–9:30 PM
Lunch: Mon–Sat noon–3:30 PM

price range

$14 (Penang vegetable curry) to $20 (Thai fried bass filet)