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The best things to do for Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Chinese New Year)

Ring in the Year of the Rat with these fun and colorful cultural events happening all over the city

14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, Festival, chinese new year
Photograph: Filip Wolak
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Our post-NYE hangovers are finally fading from memory, and not a moment too soon. It's time to cash in on round two: Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) on January 25. If you truly want to celebrate this awesome holiday, head to Manhattan's Chinatown for the Chinese New Year Parade. With firecrackers, dance performances, elaborate costumes and martial arts demonstrations, it's hands down one of the best events in February. If less raucous revelry is more to your taste, sit back and fill your belly at one of the best Chinese restaurants in NYC.

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Things to do for Lunar New Year

14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

Chinese New Year Parade

During one of the best NYC events in January, Chinatown, NYC is stormed by dragons and dancers, while some of the best Chinese restaurants serve delicious food in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some fun things to do in the neighborhood, including the best karaoke in Chinatown.

Looking for some grub?

han dynasty dry pepper chicken wings
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Restaurants

The best Chinese restaurants in NYC

New York has a long lineage of Chinese restaurants showcasing the culinary traditions of nearly every province in China, as well as the fusion fare created by immigrants in the United States. Whether you're looking to sample fiery Szechuan fare or experience a classic weekend dim sum brunch, the city has got you covered. From white-clothed Midtown restaurants to hole-in-the-wall Chinatown restaurants, find the best Chinese restaurant NYC has to offer. RECOMMENDED: See all of the best restaurants in NYC

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best dumplings in nyc
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lori L.
Restaurants

The very best dumplings in NYC

No need to stick to one borough—the best dumplings in NYC can be eaten throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Head downtown to get your soup dumpling fix at one of the best Chinatown restaurants in the city. Exploring new neighborhoods? Take the train to Sunset Park for some of the best dim sum outside Hong Kong. And if you're really on a budget, there are plenty of options for cheap dumplings along the way. RECOMMENDED: Find more of the best restaurants in NYC

Moon cake at Lung Moon
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Restaurants, Bakeries

The best Chinese bakeries in NYC

New Yorks Chinatown is packed with amazing dim sum restaurants, fun-loving karaoke bars and top-notch Chinese bakeries offering a dizzying array of pastries. Most are known for one exceptional item, however, whether thats a buttery egg tart, a fluffy sponge cake or a lotus-filled hopia. It doesnt get much sweeter than this. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to best restaurants in NYC

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