The Lunar New Year is underway. It’s the Year of the Dog. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac has its special time of day. For the dog, it’s 7 to 9 p.m. Here are three Chinese restaurants where dinnertime is worth celebrating.
Moonstone in Great Neck is a sleek, modern Asian restaurant that comes through with several excellent Chinese dishes. Recommended: Sichuan pork dumplings, vegetarian hot-and-sour soup, stir-fried sha cha beef, steak kew with Sichuan mala sauce, tangerine chicken, roast duck spring roll, Beijing duck, Lake Tung Ting shrimp. Moderate to expensive.
Moonstone, 14 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, 516-500-1000, moonstoneny.com
Spicy Home Tasty in Commack is Long Island’s newest Chinese star, earning three of them. The specialty is the cooking of Sichuan. Recommended: dan dan noodles with minced pork, dry-pot lamb, braised beef noodle soup, beef in chili oil, tea-smoked duck, salt-and-pepper pork, sesame seaweed “noodles,” mapo tofu. Moderate to expensive.
Spicy Home Tasty, 1087 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-543-8880, spicyhometastyny.com
Fortune Wheel in Levittown dates to 1993. It’s a spirited spot, especially when crowded with families. The decor suggests another decade. Recommended: all dim sum, clams with black bean sauce, lobster Cantonese, crab with ginger and scallions, shrimp with lobster sauce, kung pao chicken, eggplant in garlic sauce. Moderate to expensive.
Fortune Wheel, 3601 Hempstead Tpke. (Nassau Mall), Levittown, 516-579-4700