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15th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, Chinese New Year
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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 Ox with these fun and colorful cultural events in NYC

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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It's time to celebrate the new year (again)! Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is here to lift us up with new beginnings. Usually, the celebration includes bursting firecrackers, lion dances and delicious cuisine, but this year will be different. Chinatown's Firecracker Ceremony Chinese New Year Parade, which are some of the best events in February, have been postponed until late in 2021 when people are able to gather in bigger numbers. Until then, you can sit back and fill your belly with amazing cuisine from one of the best Chinese restaurants in NYC and check out these amazing online events from around the world.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Lunar New Year in NYC

Looking for some grub?

  • Restaurants

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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  • Restaurants

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

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries

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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