The weather saluted Labor Day's signal that summer is over--or at least it gave us a reprieve from the stifling humidity of last weekend. And while we welcome the cooler temps, these days remind us that sweater season is really just around the corner. Before it comes, though, we'll be basking in ray ... More >>
Today is, apparently, national hot and spicy food day, and you're not properly celebrating if your meal isn't making you feel like you're about to spontaneously combust. Where, you ask, should you go in this city for volcanic heat?
Believe it or not, this chinger is vegetarian. The idea was popularized by Momofuku Ssam Bar and by Xi'an Famous Foods--sandwiches featuring lamb or pork in a steamed or baked bao with pickled vegetables and a thick, sweet soy sauce. The idea might have occurred spontaneously in several places, be ... More >>
Xi'an Famous Foods' new Midtown location had a soft opening on Thursday according to Midtown Lunch, which spotted a now-deleted post on the chain's Facebook page. Xi'an wrote, "We are having a soft opening at midtown 24 w. 45th... this message will self destruct in 15 mins..." Customers who couldn't ... More >>
Dumpling obsessives rejoice: the East Village location of Xi'an Famous Foods is now serving the lamb-stuffed dumplings that drew rave reviews at their Flushing restaurant, Biang!. The plump little nuggets are the creation of chef David Shi, and five bucks will score you a custom-cooked order of six. ... More >>
Xi'an Famous Foods has devoted fans all over the city due to their diverse locations in the East Village, Flushing, and Chinatown. The famously cheap spot known for its cold skin noodles and lamb burgers is ready to conquer Brooklyn. On Saturday, Xi'an Famous Foods' doors will open on Beadel Street ... More >>
Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>
More great food from China's far northeastern corner
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: White Pizza From Dellarocco's of Brooklyn, Dish #72 | Saba Kinuta at Miyagi, Dish #73]
I love restaurant hopping. Whenever a friend visits from Los Angeles, I'll take them on an extensive eating tour of the East Village where we'll eat at four to five restaurants consecutively without stopping. My only condition: we can only order one dish between the two of us to share. By the end ... More >>
Fork in the Road is proud to announce former Smiths bass guitarist and veteran DJ Andy Rourke will be spinning the wheels of steel at this year's Choice Eats tasting event. Which raises the question: Can you pogo while eating?
The Village Voice's fifth annual tasting event is rapidly approaching, and if you haven't yet purchased your tickets, here are seven more reasons why you should. Choice Eats has just announced that Despaña, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jimmy's No. 43, Nunu Chocolates, Peppa's Jerk Chicken, Xe M ... More >>
Go balls-to-the-wall with your lovers favorite takout on V-Day.There's something to be said for shelling out $100 plus per person for luxury ingredients and romance, but sometimes it's better to just eat at home, for a number of reasons. A) It's cost-effective and the economy sucks. B) You can co ... More >>
The end of the year usually sees a lot of money being spent, whether on holiday gifts or new outfits or doling out bonuses to dutiful employees. So with 2012 just beginning, it's probably time to save some dough. While New York City might be expensive, you can still eat quite well for cheap. Below a ... More >>
Lenny TsoEscort is New York City's greatest perpetual buzz band: Five years; five critically acclaimed 12-inches; a 17-member live bacchanal; and a decadent vintage disco sound that miraculously has never gone out of style. They're finally getting around to releasing a debut album (out Novemb ... More >>
As spicy and tingly as ever.No way! The mouth-burning offal-laced "salad" is as addictive as ever. Even if it just this week was featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
The Lower East Side greets its first Henan restaurant
This week in food blogs ... Eater rounded up 11 foreign transplants that New York actually embraces. Ippudo, you're one of us now. Grub Street remembered d.b.a.'s Ray Deter and how he helped change New York's beer scene forever. Midtown Lunch worried that L.A. might get a Xi'an Famous Foods befor ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyHot food for a hot day Some people argue that spicy foods are supposed to cool you down on hot days, and if there was ever a day to test out this theory, it would be today. So with lunch on the mind, we set off for Xi'an Famous Foods, which has just opened a new branch at 60 Ba ... More >>
Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods and Jonel Picioane of the Ridgewood Pork Store and the Sunnyside Meat Market are examples of second generations in food families taking their businesses into the 21st century. [NY Times] Au Bon Pain has announced a redesign to stores and a menu expansion that ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Elaine's was unable to survive the death of its owner and namesake, Elaine Kaufman. Six months after her passing, it's shuttering for good. [Eater] Woo Lae Oak, the pioneering Soho Korean, wil ... More >>
Robert SietsemaPlentiful and pungent savory lamb noodles.A few months after sending out a Facebook message asking its fans for information on available storefronts in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Xi'an Famous Foods has officially announced the imminent opening of its fifth location.
In A-Wah's Hong Kong-style wonton lo mein, the noodles are cooked al dente, and the broth is served on the side. The amazing thing about Manhattan's Chinatown, no matter how it ebbs and flows, no matter how many restaurants come and go: It's always been a bastion of excellent cheap eats. Th ... More >>
Following the lead of the Meatball Shop, Crif Dogs, La Esquina, Xi'an Famous Foods, Mole, and people under the age of five, the former owner of Il Buco is heading to Williamsburg.
Robert Sietsema Along with building a commissary in East Williamsburg, Xi'an Famous Foods is hoping to set up shop in the vicinity of Bedford Avenue.
Spicy and tingly lamb face for Brooklyn and beyond.Get ready for spicy and tingly lamb face to go mainstream. Xi'an Famous Foods, the Flushing hand-pulled noodle joint that expanded to Manhattan this past year with two new locations, has even bigger plans. According to the Wall Street Journal ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater asked, "Are New York's dive bars really in danger?" Most signs point to yes. Meanwhile, Grub Street got a glimpse of a Coney Island gone corporate: Is that Ruby's replaced by Ruby Tuesday? Feast listed its best coffee programs: Eleven Madison Park, Frankies 457, a ... More >>
Venture down to Flushing's bargain basement
Robert SietsemaXi'an's cumin lamb noodles.Although it's already won over much of the populace with its cumin lamb noodles, Xi'an Famous Foods is set to further endear itself to its customers by giving them some say in where its next location will be. Perched on the Xi'an Famous Foods Twitte ... More >>
It's no secret that Xi'an Famous Foods' wide, chewy noodles are completely delicious, but when I was thinking about this week's Ask the Critic question--about where to get the city's spiciest food--I wondered what would happen if I asked for one of Xi'an's chile-oil-napped dishes extra spicy ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Chan ... More >>
Feel the burnNo one wants food so hot that you can't taste the rest of the meal, but some of us really love the flavor of chile peppers--fruity, vegetal, sweet, toasty, soapy, and/or hot--and the little endorphin high you get after a particularly incendiary dish. So I'm often asked where to ... More >>
The "boiled beef with hot-spicy sauce" is every bit as mouth searing as it looks, but there are plenty of blander options -- such as "special spinach pancake" -- on Lu Xiang Yuan's menu. Like an arcing missile, Chinese cuisine in New York moves so fast, you can barely keep track of it. Thus, ... More >>
A new electronic ordering system (eek!) displays your order. My sandwich actually turns out to look much better than this picture. News that Banh Mi Saigon -- one of the city's first purveyors of Vietnamese baguette-borne sandwiches, and long the best - was moving to a new location caused ir ... More >>
Fried mochi stuffed with sesameA walk down St. Marks Street in the East Village never fails to turn up something novel. Lately, Fork in the Road checked out the latest branch of Xi'an Famous Foods and the newcomer Neapolitan pizza joint, Totale. Today we tried out a couple of sweets from TKet ... More >>
It doesn't look too bad from the outside, but wait till you step inside! Xi'an Famous Foods' fourth branch, on St. Marks in the East Village, has been open for business only a few days, but is already wildly popular. I arrived soon after the narrow storefront opened at 1 pm on Sunday, and to ... More >>
Get your lamb burger tomorrow.The new location of Flushing favorite Xi'an Famous Foods at the corner of St. Marks Place and First Avenue that we told you about in May is gearing up for its grand opening tomorrow. According to its Facebook page: "The St. Mark's Location will NOT be open this ... More >>
Oh, hello! What is that piece of flesh looking up at me? Xi'an Famous Foods' "Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face Salad" might be the most perfect summer meal: shredded scallions, green chiles, sprouts, and a catalog of variety meats from the facial area, immersed in a gritty red sauce with lots of a ... More >>
Lamb burgers coming to St. Marks. Flushing Mall favorite Xi'an Famous Foods opened its first Manhattan location late last year, to the great delight of Chinese food geeks citywide, from Anthony Bourdain to Joe DiStefano. And now, it's making its way uptown -- although not too far up -- to the ... More >>
Keith WagstaffFeelin' lucky?Last Friday, the underpass under the Manhattan Bridge was swarming with hungry people at the Lucky Rice Festival's Night Market. Stands from Momofuku Milk Bar, An Choi, Umi Nom, and 23 others were handing out free samples as well as selling goodies on the side. Cel ... More >>
Eater NYEater draws our attention to a very entertaining video of Josh Ozersky and Joe DiStefano eating lamb face salad at Xi'an Famous Foods in Flushing, one of our favorite restaurants. While Joey munches contentedly on lamb gums and eyeballs, Ozersky's carnivorous enthusiasm flags quickly. ... More >>
To inaugurate our new Ask-the-Critics feature, we're turning to the question both Robert and I get asked the most: My parents are coming into town, where should I take them?
Khao soi are northern Thai noodles that feature the same egg noodles in two guises: boiled and curried in the bottom of the bowl, fried and crunchy on the top. Tasty, nutritious, wildly variable, and unusually cheap, noodles have long since replaced bread as the world's staff of life. Our no ... More >>
The southern corridor at the armory featured food on one side, booze on the other, with loads of peoople sandwiched in between. What do I want first? A drink or a bite? See Rebecca Marx's live blogging prose coverage here, here, and here.
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema meets with the Organ Meat Society at Flushing's Northeast Taste Chinese Food for kidneys, pig heart, and sweet and sour lamb liver. Sam Sifton finds Maialino praiseworthy, awarding it two stars for, among other things, its pig, which comes "roasted, braised, ... More >>
Pictures of the offerings in the window make ordering easy at Xi'an Famous Foods. The advent of northern Chinese fare in Manhattan's Chinatown has been a long-awaited event. First there was a cart at the corner of Forsyth and Division streets dispensing lamb kebabs dusted with a cumin-laced ... More >>
Joe DiStefano Anchored by cavernous dim sum hall 88 Palace, 88 East Broadway -- a collection of small shops and a mall at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge -- has been a destination for the city's adventurous eaters for more than a decade. Now there's another reason to head down to the bustli ... More >>