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Lunar New Year restaurant specials in New York City


When Lunar New Year kicks off Feb. 16, families across the world will gather over auspicious foods symbolizing luck, fortune and longevity. In New York City, restaurants will usher in the year of the dog with their own interpretation of holiday dishes, ranging from bright red dumplings to adorable pup-shaped cookies.


Nom Wah Tu


The Lower East Side sibling to Chinatown’s iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlour has three specials on deck. Chef Jonathan Wu will upgrade a trio of iconic dim sum dishes, amping up turnip cakes with a spicy seafood bacon sauce; adding Schaller & Weber smoked sausage to rice cakes; and swapping the usual lotus paste filling in sesame balls for one made of hazelnut and chocolate. (22 Orchard St., 212-219-8785, nomwah.com)


Madame Vo


Representing a long and healthy life, longevity noodles are a quintessential holiday dish. Like many of the dishes featured at his Vietnamese hotspot in the East Village, co-owner and chef Jimmy Ly will put a modern spin on the tradition, tossing strands with a garlic-butter fish sauce and jumbo lump crab meat. (212 E. 10th St., 917-261-2115, madamevo.com)


Silk Cakes


Every pastry at this Forest Hills, Queens bakeshop merges Judy Lai’s French culinary training with the flavors of her childhood. For the Spring Festival, Lai has baked up a chiffon cake infused with kumquats, a symbol of prosperity. Available in six, eight, and 10-inch sizes — or in cupcake form — each round is covered in vanilla buttercream and placed on a red sugar plate painted with the Chinese character for dog. (98-14 Metropolitan Ave., 718-830-3838, silkcakes.com)

Yaso Tangbao celebrates Lunar New Year with two noodle dishes, one with spicy crawfish (bottom) and a milder version with sweet-and-sour langoustine (top).

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Yaso Tangbao


The growing fast-casual chain — with locations in Downtown Brooklyn, Industry City and Midtown East — was founded by a group of friends from Shanghai. For Lunar New Year, they’ll dole out a special mackerel dumpling dyed red to represent good fortune, as well as two noodle dishes, one with spicy crawfish and a milder version with sweet-and-sour langoustine. (Multiple locations, yasotangbao.com)


Tuome


Drawing on his fine-dining experience at Eleven Madison Park, chef Tommy Chen turns out impressive plates influenced by his Cantonese upbringing. For two nights, Feb. 16-17, he’ll serve up three specials that combine elements from his most popular dishes at this East Village spot. Expect spring rolls brimming with confit chicken and sunchokes, lucky noodles with beef, shiitake mushrooms and basil, and crispy black bass in a sweet-and-sour sauce. (536 E. Fifth St., 646-833-7811, tuomenyc.com)


South of the Clouds

Elements of the Crossing the Bridge Noodles dish from South of the Clouds.

Elements of the Crossing the Bridge Noodles dish from South of the Clouds.

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A new Chinese restaurant has opened just in time for Lunar New Year. Liheng Geng, whose parents own Sunset Park’s Yunnan Flavour Garden, strikes out on his own with a Greenwich Village eatery that specializes in mixian, a rice noodle that comes from China’s Yunnan province. South of the Clouds launched with five variations on the menu, including the classic “Crossing the Bridge” bowl finished tableside, plus appetizers like a peppercorn-spiked cucumber salad and poached pork dumplings. (16 W. Eighth St., 212-888-9653, sotc-nyc.com)


Rice & Gold


Fill up on a family-style feast at “Top Chef” alum Dale Talde’s Chinatown stunner. Available for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, the meal ($50 per person) comes with seven dishes teeming with symbolism, including braised whole fish (prosperity), twice-cooked long beans (harmony) and green sesame mochi (togetherness). (50 Bowery, 646-630-8055, riceandgoldnyc.com)

DaDong rings in the year of the dog by incorporating French black truffles into four new dishes for a limited time.

DaDong rings in the year of the dog by incorporating French black truffles into four new dishes for a limited time.

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DaDong


This Beijing chain — famed for its Peking duck — made its New York City debut at the end of last year with a bi-level 400-seat outpost inside Bryant Park’s Cube Building. For its first U.S. celebration, DaDong will offer each table a complimentary order of dumplings and lucky red envelope with a prize inside.(3 Bryant Park, 212-355-9600, dadongny.com)


Little Tong Noodle Shop


In keeping with Chinese tradition, the festivities at Simone Tong’s East Village restaurant take place over the course of 16 days. Beginning Thursday night, the Yunnan native will roll out a daily special that pays homage to the traditions she grew up with. Using local ingredients, Tong will rework classic lucky dishes like savory Chinese carrot cake, braised pork belly, and her specialty, mixian noodle soup. (177 First Ave., 929-367-8664, littletong.com)


Bibble & Sip


This cafe in the Theater District will roll out two special macarons for the occasion. One will be shaped to resemble a shiba inu dog, boasting orange, yuzu and passionfruit shells with chocolate ganache filling, while the other — featuring Bibble & Sip’s llama mascot on a red coin — is flavored with black sesame and vanilla. Owner Gary Chan also has a cake in the works: A citrus and camellia tea-infused mousse that’s topped with ginger-vanilla creme brulee. (253 W. 51st St., 646-649-5116, bibbleandsip.com)

RedFarm marks the year of the dog by incorporating French black truffles into into four new dishes — pictured here are the chicken truffle soup dumplings.

RedFarm marks the year of the dog by incorporating French black truffles into into four new dishes — pictured here are the chicken truffle soup dumplings.

(RedFarm)


RedFarm


Known for putting an elevated twist on Chinese cuisine, this brick-lined West Village spot from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng will ring in the year of the dog with a luxurious ingredient. Imported French black truffles will be incorporated into four new dishes — a corn chowder, egg fried rice, chicken soup dumplings and grilled lobster — available for a limited time only. (529 Hudson St., 212-792-9700, redfarmnyc.com)

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