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.
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 >>
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.
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.
No. 35: Lotus Root Salad from Biang!
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 >>
The braised pork shoulder at Shanghai newcomer Full House is perfectly executed, but will it be enough to catapult that Chinatown establishment into our top 10? With wave upon wave of new immigrants arriving, the city's collection of Chinese restaurants is in a perpetual state of flux. Ten years a ... More >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
Robert SietsemaViewed from Inwood Hill Park, New Jersey is beautiful. Despite this week's sodden weather, spring really is upon us, which means that picnic season is too. New York harbors untold numbers of excellent picnic spots, be they in midtown pocket parks, an empty soccer field, or you ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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In 2007, current New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio was a JPMorgan Chase executive, one who sent emails like all the other JPMorgan executives. The difference, though? Some of Lazio's emails -- which the Village Voice has now obtained and published -- show the details of just how inv ... More >>
The sel momo at Mustang Thakali Kitchen -- much better than Dunkin' Donuts. This countdown is intended to be a bit different from the other "10 Best" lists, specifically reflecting the places I return to again and again in Queens on my own dime, long after I've critiqued them. The food is co ... 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 >>
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 >>
It's now 6:42. The crowds are thickening, the music is getting louder, the men at the Tiffin Wallah table next door have turned into perpetual motion machines. Serving ladels go up and down, up and down like oil drills. Stomach real estate is becoming an increasingly precious commodity. But one mu ... 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 >>
When J &L Shopping Mall in Flushing went under (reportedly because the owner sold it to a condo developer) a cry of hungry despair went up from chowhounders everywhere. J&L had held a much-loved food court with obscure regional Chinese specialties. But take heart, Our Man Sietsema is here to save th ... More >>
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