This weekend: cheap chow and the Lunar New Year Celebration at the ID’s Hing Hay Park.

Chinese lore tells us 2011 belongs to the Rabbit, and Seattle’s International District is paying its respects this weekend. On Saturday, January 29 the neighborhood puts on a Lunar New Year Celebration in Hing Hay Park starting at 11am. In the works is taiko drumming, calligraphy, dragon dances, yadda yadda, but what’s catching our eye is, of course, the food specials.

Ten restaurants will serve up bites and bevs for $2 each, among them the always-delicious Thai Curry Simple (where splurging on roti is a must), and dim sum gold-star Jade Garden. (Find the rest of the roster on the CIDBIA site.) If you’ve yet to take advantage of the culinary gem that is the ID, Saturay’s fete is a golden opportunity.

On a related note, Long Provincial plans to ring in the Vietnamese New Year with a five-course dinner February 1. Both vegetarian and traditional menus are available for $20.11—a steal, really. Call 206-443-6266 to reserve a spot.

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