Chinese New Year Brunch @ Garden Court Cafe @ Garden Court Cafe

A Walkthrough of Chinese Culinary Symbolism


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Time Sun Jan 29
12 PM - 2 PM

Location Garden Court Cafe
725 Park Avenue
New York, Ny 10021

Price $40

Chinese New Year Brunch @ Garden Court Cafe

An afternoon to celebrate Chinese New Year with a symbolic eight-course brunch. The menu will feature a menu that Great Performances will present for the Chinese New Year inspired menu at the Garden Court Café. Each menu item shares a symbolic meaning to ring in the new year, and Chef Tsering Nyima would love to walk you through the symbols and tastes of the Chinese/Lunar New Year.

Cuisine: Chinese

Meal: Communal / Family Style
Includes: Tea, Water
For Purchase: Beer, Wine


Uncut Long Noodle Soup (Longevity)
This soup is made with braised chicken, a mild-flavored winter radish called "daikon" and napa cabbage.
Steamed Cod (Prosperity & Abundance)
A traditional Asian-dish of steamed cod served with sizzling ginger sesame oil & black vinegar sauce
Anchovy Fried-Rice (Wealth)
As rice symbolizes wealth, here you will experience a wealth of flavor with this unique anchovies flavored fried rice dish served with edamame beans.
Duck Confit Spring Rolls (Fertility)
Duck meat preserved in it's own fat to add flavor, stuffed into a roll with cabbage & a shiitake filling.
Stir Fried Baby Yu Choy (Family Union)
Yu Choy is a tender vegetable & the taste of the leaves are much like spinach leaves and are stir fried and served with crispy shallots.
Shiitake Mushrooms & Beansprouts (Longevity)
Sesame oil sautéed mushrooms and bean sprouts cooked with garlic & ginger
Sticky Rice Cakes (Fortune)
A sweet dessert made with rice flour (also called sweet rice flour) filled with a red bean paste in the center
Steamed Buns (Safety)
served with sweet chestnuts and a rum paste.

Located at the Asia Society, Garden Court Café features flavorful dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia, such as Satoimo Iridashi, Miso Ramen, Palak Paneer, and Soy & Plum-Glazed Salmon. Filled with light, flowering vines, trees and art, this modern, glass-enclosed café is an ideal spot to enjoy an Asian-inspired meal.


Location: 725 Park Avenue New York, Ny 10021

Garden Court Cafe photo

About Tsering Nyima

Tsering Nyima photo

Tsering Nyima is the Chef de Cuisine at the Garden Court Café at Asia Society. Chef Nyima came to Great Performances with culinary experience grounded in cuisines ranging from French, Indian, New American, German, Austrian, Chinese, and Japanese. His journey began in eastern Tibet, where he was born, then left at age 14 for a life of exile in India. It was there, at a Buddhist monastery, that Chef Nyima learned how to cook. He spent eight years practicing his craft while drawing inspiration from Indian ingredients and techniques. After moving to New York City and studying at the New York Hotel Management School, Chef Nyima mastered his cooking skills and knowledge under the guidance of chefs including: Laurent Tourondel (Brasserie Ruhlmann), Gary Robins (Moko), Kurt Gutenbrunner (Wallse, Blaue Gans), and Tadeo Mikami (Hatsuhana). In 2010, he joined Great Performances as BAM cafe’s head chef at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. And now heads the kitchen at Asia Society’s Garden Court Café.