Today begins 10 days of gluttony in San Francisco, as families, family associations, and businesses gather to celebrate Lunar New Year. Given that it's the year of the dragon, lobster (whose Chinese name translates literally as "dragon shrimp") will probably be on most menus, as will steamed fish, noodles, hair moss, and other symbolic foods (Time Out New York just published a handy guide to new year's dishes).
In the Year of the Rabbit and the Year of the Tiger, SFoodie scoured the city, picking up new year's banquet menus to translate. We didn't do the same this year, but many of these past menus remain essentially the same. Feel free to print them out and take them to the restaurant, using them as a translation guide to help you navigate the current menu: