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Chinese New Year in NYC: Celebrate the Year of the Dog at parades, feasts and more

It's going to be a ruff year — that is, once the Chinese New Year begins, it'll be the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Feb. 16 officially kicks off the new year and a ton of fun events celebrating it.

It's said that those born in the year of the dog (1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) may think it's their lucky year, but it's quite the opposite. It's actually a concern that inspires some to protect themselves from bad fortune, according to

Aside from that, it's the beginning of a new year, heralding new relationships, new opportunities and new chapters in our lives. And since the city has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia, there's no shortage of parties, events and restaurant specials.

So, head to these cultural centers, restaurants and festivals to ring in the New Year.

Met Museum Lunar New Year (Feb. 24)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature dozens
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature dozens of programs to celebrate Lunar New Year, including a colorful parade through the Museum's Great Hall, live music, a tea ceremony and a hand-pulled-noodle demonstration. Kam Mak, whose 2018 Lunar New Year stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service, will give a stamp-making workshop as well. To celebrate the year of the dog, the Met will also give lessons on guide dog etiquette, a "scent tour" of the galleries and a tour of artworks that depict dogs. ($25 suggested admission, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1000 Fifth Ave.,

Chinese New Year Spectacular IV (Feb. 24)

Pianist Jiaxin Tian (pictured) will once again take
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Pianist Jiaxin Tian (pictured) will once again take the stage at Carnegie Hall to ring in the Chinese New Year. The artist will be joined by violinist Deni Bonet, tenor William Cai and pianist Simon Mulligan. ($28 to $88, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave.,

Lunar New Year parade and festival (Feb. 25)

Celebrate the year of the dog with Manhattan
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Celebrate the year of the dog with Manhattan Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year parade. Expect performances, traditional costumes and more at the parade, which will be followed by a street festival featuring food vendors and more. (1 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand and Chrystie streets,

Take advantage of these restaurant deals

Little Tong Noodle Shop (177 First Ave.) Weekdays,
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Little Tong Noodle Shop (177 First Ave.)

Weekdays, from Thursday, Feb. 15, through Friday, March 2, Little Tong will kick off a new tradition of 16 days of Chinese New Year specials. Each dinner dish (served between 5:30 and 11 p.m.) will feature traditional dishes the chef grew up eating (rice cakes, fire-grilled chicken wings with ginko, 18-fold dumplings, red-cooked pork belly and more), made with local ingredients. These specials will also be available for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 929-367-8664

Mr. Bing (115 St. Marks Place)

Between Feb. 16 and Feb. 25, Every customer will receive a "hong bao" (red packet) containing a coupon for a free order of dumplings. There will also be a free traditional Chinese candy/treat for each meal. The offer is also available at the other Mr. Bing locations in Midtown and Flatiron. 917-261-6589

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