The Year of the Rabbit is approaching and you may be thinking to swing downtown to check out the parades and shops in Chinatown. After you have delighted in the sights, sounds and smells…head out to satiate your hunger. There are an array of Chinese and Chinese-inspired restaurants in D.C. and beyond, but these few are a cut above the rest.

Ching Ching Cha – Georgetown

This tea room is small and unassuming, but when you walk inside you will be greeted like family. The menu is simple and delicious and the selection of teas numerous. A great place for a quiet bite to eat. Do not forget to browse the teas and serving sets before you leave.

Sichuan Pavilion – K Street/Farragut

The fresh and tasty Sichuan-province style is a great distraction from the take-out fare you may be used to. Great for kids.

City Lights of China – Dupont Circle

I am no expert on Chinese food but this restaurant does not disappoint. The soups are delicious, the portions are generous and the cocktails are very tasty as well.

TeaismPenn Quarter

Tea for breakfast. Try the eggs with cilantro and ginger.

Raku – Dupont Circle and Bethesda

While not 100% Chinese, there is a lot of inspiration and the food is fresh and delicious, the atmosphere light and friendly, both locations can be crowded, it is best to inquire for seating in advance.

New Fortune Restaurant – Gaithersburg, MD

Do not let the location fool you. This place is the go-to spot for dim-sum in the D.C. Metro area.

MeiwahD.C. and Chevy Chase, MD

Pair the steamed dumplings with sake. A combo sure to warm you up on a cold evening.

Food Celebrating Chinese New Year in Washington, D.C.