Xi'an Famous Foods

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    April 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

    It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Noodles, Potatoes, and Matcha Ice Cream: Dishes We're Digging Around Town

    Another week, another stretch of gluttony. As we've eaten our way through numerous NYC establishments in the last seven days, we've loved cold noodles, sausage and grits, and a Japanese ice cream parfait. Here's what we've been digging around town.

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    February 19, 2014

    10 Great Portable Potables to Warm Those Chilly Mitts

    Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Where to Ring in the Chinese New Year

    Ring in the Lunar New Year (and the year of the horse) with a feast for kings without getting caught in the thick of activities in Chinatown or Flushing. Here's a round-up of five great blowout options for a festive dinner.

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    December 23, 2013

    Biang's Lotus Root Salad and Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Lotus root salad and spicy cumin lamb noodles from Biang! (41-10 Main Street, Queens), $5.50 and $7.75 Treat yourself to the addicting tingle of Biang's noodles -- and convince a friend to come along to Flushing so you can share a lotus root salad, too.

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    September 6, 2013

    Five Patios to Go Sit on Before Summer Comes to a Screeching Halt

    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 >>

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    August 19, 2013

    What Is New York City's Spiciest Dish?

    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?

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    May 7, 2013

    Introducing the Chinger

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Brooklyn Flea Heading to the Seaport; Dig Inn Opens on Hudson

    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 >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Biang! Brings Lamb Dumplings to Xi'an Famous Foods

    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 >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Xi'an Famous Foods Opens in Greenpoint; Three Letters in Clinton Hill

    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 >>

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    November 7, 2012

    100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2012

    Rural Restaurant: No Rice, Still Nice

    More great food from China's far northeastern corner

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    August 8, 2012

    Cold Skin Noodles From Xi'an Famous Foods, Dish #70

    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]

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    June 13, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

    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 >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Andy Rourke of The Smiths to DJ at Choice Eats; Sixth and Final Group of Participating Restaurants Announced

    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?

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    February 23, 2012

    Oh, Happy Day! Choice Eats Unveils Even More Restaurants

    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 >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Takeout Your Valentine's Day Meal

    Go balls-to-the-wall with your lovers favorite takout on V-Day.‚ÄčThere'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 >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Has Spicy Tingly Lamb Face Jumped the Shark?

    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.

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    October 19, 2011

    He Nan Flavor: Noodle on Down

    The Lower East Side greets its first Henan restaurant

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    July 8, 2011

    The Week in Food Blogs: Pizza Road Trips, NYC Ice Cream

    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 >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Xi'an Famous Foods's Chang-an Tofu Will Spice Up Your Life (Or Just Make Your Lips Tingle)

    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 >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Bottle Service Is Back, Baby; Upscale Restos Do Fast Food

    ​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 >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Co-op Food and Drink, Goodbye to Elaine's

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Xi'an Famous Foods Will Go Big With a Second Chinatown Location

    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.

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    January 28, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​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 >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Former Il Buco Owner to Open in Williamsburg

    ​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.

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    January 5, 2011

    Xi'an Famous Foods Wants to Expand to Bedford Avenue

    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.

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    December 30, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods's Expansion Plans: New Locations and a Spot in the Frozen Foods Section

    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 >>

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    November 12, 2010

    The Week in Food Blogs: Best Coffee, Pumpkin Pie

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2010

    Henan Feng Wei—a Rare Henan Restaurant—Offers Unfussy Food

    Venture down to Flushing's bargain basement

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    November 10, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods Wants Your Help in Determining Its Next Location

    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 >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Spicy Tingly Beef Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods

    ​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 >>

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    October 13, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    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 >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Where Can I Find the Spiciest Food in NYC?

    Feel the burn​No 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 >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Banh Mi Saigon's New Digs on Grand Street

    ​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 >>

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    July 13, 2010

    The New East Asian Desserts of St. Marks: Fried Mochi, Shaved Ice

    Fried mochi stuffed with sesame​A 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 >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Open Only a Few Days, Xi'an Famous Foods on St. Marks Is Already Slammed

    ​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 >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods' St. Marks Location Closed Today, Open Tomorrow

    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 >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Play 'I.D. That Organ' in Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face Salad

    ​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 >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Xi'an Famous Foods to Open Fourth Location, on St. Marks Place

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Noted Carnivore Josh Ozersky Meets His Match in Lamb Face

    Eater NY​Eater 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 >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Ask the Critics: The Perennial Parent Trap

    ​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?

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    March 22, 2010

    Live Blogging Choice Eats: The Visual Evidence, Part 2

    ​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.

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    January 20, 2010

    Under Review: Sietsema at Flushing's Northeast Taste Chinese Food

    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 >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain Smiles Down at Us from Heaven, and Delicious Noodles Appear at Xi'an Famous Food in Manhattan's Chinatown

    ​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 >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Xi'an Famous Foods Brings Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face to East Broadway. Anthony Bourdain Will Rejoice.

    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 >>

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