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New Year’s menu

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Lucky foods for a good year

This January 1st instead of taking a chance on having a good year put luck on your side by making a menu of good luck foods. There are many cultures that believe in eating certain foods to ensure a fortunate year, so follow in their footsteps to have a terrific upcoming year.

Lucky foods for a good year

Food to eat on New Year's


Symbolizes: wealth and prosperity; progress

How to enjoy: whole roasted suckling pig, pulled pork sandwiches, sausage, ham, pork chops

Long Noodles

Symbolizes: a long life in Asian cultures; longevity

How to enjoy: pork lo mein, soba noodles with shrimp, sesame noodles. Be sure not to let the noodle break before it gets to your mouth!


Symbolizes: good fortune; growing wealth

How to enjoy: lentil soup, black eyed pea hoppin' john, lentils and sausage, peas and macaroni


Symbolizes: money; monetary fortune

How to enjoy: braised kale; sautéed collard greens with bacon; steamed chard; cabbage soup


Symbolizes: eat one grape at midnight for every chime of the clock for good luck

How to enjoy: with a glass of champagne but be sure to eat all the grapes before the final stroke of midnight

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