According to the Chinese zodiac, the year which begins on January 31, is the Year of the Horse. Head to Iron Gate, the historic restaurant recently re-opened in Dupont Circle that once served as horse stables for the original owner, a cavalry officer for the Civil War.
Walk to the nearby Freer Sackler Gallery featuring the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. Here you’ll find ancient jades and bronzes from Chinese Neolithic civilizations and a Buddhist cave temple painting dating back to the sixth century.
Snag a table at downtown pan-Asian favorite Zentan for some fire dragon rolls and Hakushika sake.
Check into the chic Asian-inspired Topaz Hotel and take advantage of their “Double Dip” package, which gives you 15 percent off the best available room night plus a bottle of red to toast to the new year.