The Lucky Rice Asian Food Festival – May 2-8 – Manhattan and Brooklyn

NYC Restaurant Week may be over until summer, but the LUCKYRICE Festival, ( – a weeklong Asian culinary and cultural feast – is just beginning. From May 2-8, world-renowned chefs and master mixologists specializing in Asian-inspired creations will collaborate on authentic meals that celebrate Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian and Macau cultures, with some French twists mixed in. The festival’s eight gastronomic events guarantee an exclusive look into Asian culinary culture at its finest.

May 2: Kick-Off Dinner

This intimate dinner event at Anita Lo’s award-winning Annisa Restaurant begins with a cocktail hour at 7pm, followed by a five-course feast with wine pairings. Each of the five courses will pay homage to one of the Festival’s events as Lo’s tantalizing menu incorporates flavors from all over Asia and includes sweet touches of French culture.

Annisa Restaurant, NYC
Time: 7pm-10pm

Tickets: $200

Location: Annisa, 13 Barrow St., Manhattan,

May 3: Opening Cocktails

Get acquainted with quirky Asian-infused cocktails created by NYC’s top mixology talents at this 21+ event. A VIP hour will start the evening with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. During the main event, experts from more than a dozen acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Momofuku Ssäm Bar ( and Madam Geneva (, will mix up their finest concoctions that highlight Asian flavors and culture.

Time: 8pm-10pm (VIP 7pm-8pm)

Tickets: $50, $88 for VIP

Location: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, Manhattan

May 4: Night Market

Hosted by Momofuku (, this event features several of NYC’s most beloved street vendors as they bring traditional Asian street grub to the historic DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn. Bao Bing, Kimchi Taco, Kwik Meal ( and Big Gay Ice Cream Truck ( are a few of the more than 50 restaurants and eateries participating in this classic Asian night market event. Custom cocktails, shochu, sake, beer and wine will be available at the indoor bar. This event will be held rain or shine. 21+ for cocktails.

Lucky Rice Night Market, NYC, Photo Attribution: Richard Patterson
Time: 7pm-10pm (VIP 6pm-7pm)

Tickets: $50, $88 for VIP

Location: Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn

May 5: James Beard Dinner: Marvels of Macau

Star guest chefs David Wong and Tong Ion Keong visit New York from the Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT) in Macau to prepare a savory, five-course Macanese meal, a combination of Portuguese cuisine infused with Southeast Asian and Lusophone influences, paired with Portuguese wines. This event also includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served in the living room and garden of the James Beard House (

Time: 7pm-10pm

Tickets: $135 for James Beard members and LUCKYRICE guests

Location: James Beard House, 167 W. 12th St., Manhattan,

May 5: Omakase Dinner with Morimoto (SOLD OUT – waiting list available)

Iron Chef Morimoto will host a Japanese “omakase”-style (chef’s choice) dinner, starting with a pre-dinner cocktail hour and including dinner paired with Japanese cocktails and German wines. The tentative menu includes toro tartar (caviar, avocado panna cotta), surf and turf (roasted lobster “epice” with lemon crème fraiche and grilled kobe striploin, Japanese sweet potato, scallion, hot oil) and marscapone cheesecake for dessert.

Time: 6pm-10pm

Tickets: $250; email to be placed on waitlist

Location: Morimoto Restaurant, 88 10th Ave., Manhattan,

May 6: Grand Feast

Prepare your taste buds for an adventure through Asia’s diverse cultures at the Grand Feast in the Mandarin Oriental ballroom ( overlooking Central Park. Star chefs traveling from Korea, Taiwan, Macau and Malaysia will join chefs from the LUCKYRICE culinary council as well as some of NYC’s acclaimed masters to bring exquisite culinary creations to the table. Asiate (, Matsuri ( and Mehtaphor ( are just two of the top restaurants participating.

Asian Cuisine, Photo attribution: Fanny Littmarck
Time: 7pm-10pm (VIP begins at 6pm)

Tickets: $150, $250 for VIP

Location: The Mandarin Oriental

May 7: La Fête Chinoise

Legendary chefs Daniel Boulud and Susur Lee fuse French and Chinese cuisine into an unprecedented Chinese banquet dinner at Daniel. A cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres chinois will kick off the evening, followed by a seated dinner. Next up, the chefs will create their own unique interpretation of the same dishes, or “duos,” for guests. Each course will include a wine or champagne pairing, selected by Sommelier Raj Vaidya.

Time: 7pm-10pm

Tickets: $500

Location: Restaurant Daniel, 60 E. 65th St., Manhattan,

May 8: Talk + Taste

Hosted by Cooking Channel’s Ching-He Huang, the Talk + Taste offers the chance to watch star chefs work their magic in cooking demos, sample regional specialties, and mingle with other foodies. Chefs Ching-He Huang, Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Angelo Sosa (Social Eatz) and Jennifer Maeng will showcase their best dishes in the Professional Demo Kitchen. Watch up to six culinary demonstrations and mill around the lounge, sampling savory food and drinks while learning about the featured culinary showcases.

Talk + Taste, NYC
Time: 1pm-4pm

Tickets: $50

Location: Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St., Manhattan

With a VIP LUCKYRICE Passport ($400, over $500 value), you’ll receive exclusive access to events at discounted rates, along with giveaways and other perks throughout the events. Enjoy VIP access to VIP hour at Opening Cocktails, Night Market and Grand Feast with specialty food and drink; VIP speedline entrance to Opening Cocktails, Night Market and Grand Feast; and a BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Ultimate Martini Set. VIP tickets are valid for the Opening Cocktails, Night Market, Grand Feast and Talk + Taste.

For LUCKYRICE Festival and VIP Passport tickets, visit

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