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February has finally arrived and with it comes the most famous Chinese holiday: the Lunar New Year. On February 16, we’re celebrating the Year of the Dog — the 11th animal of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

On the days leading up to and following the holiday, worldwide celebrations will take place with traditional lion dances, red envelopes and firecrackers. If you plan on joining in on the festivities, check out our Untapped guide, filled with quirky activities to enjoy Chinese New Year in New York City:

10. Go to One of the 10 Best Chinese Eateries in the City

New York City is known for its thriving food culture, which is as diverse as it is innovative. With so many excellent places to explore, it can be hard to narrow down your options. That’s why we created a handy guide to some of the best Chinese restaurants in the city, where you can ring in the New Year properly.

From quintessential hole-in-the-wall establishments to mouthwatering dim sum experiences, chow down on some of the most authentic dishes ranging from steamed dumplings to fresh seafood — all made by culinary experts all over New York.

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