Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJune 29, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain's first love, the Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger, is amazing, but don't hesitate to explore the rest of the menu. The stewed pork noodles are superb. Read more at http://bit.ly/UntappedXian.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaOctober 12, 2015
    Amazing. 2 communal tables, 8 stools, garlic overload. Great options for vegetarians. Spinach dumplings, cucumber salad, spicy tofu soup a must. For carnivores, the lamb cumin noodles are excellent.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 12, 2013
    Best destination for the food of the Chinese city of Xi'an in New York. Try the chewy liang pi noodles or "lamb face" salad, all doused in their alluringly fiery house sauces.
  • Forkit
    ForkitMay 11, 2016
    The spicy & sour spinach dumplings is a MUST try as well as the hand-pulled-noddles. Best Dumplings in NYC: Read more
  • Arjumand B.
    Arjumand BonhommeNovember 11, 2015
    Stewed pork burger & spicy cumin lamb burger (actually not too spicy) are both great. Stewed pork noodle is also very good. The noodle portions are big enough that you don't need the burger.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistDecember 29, 2014
    This noodle-and-burger chainlet is spreading through this city like wildfire, but the original Flushing stall is still standing strong, with dishes like lamb burgers and cold skin noodles. Read more
  • elizabeth o.
    Even for a vegetarian, the food selection is fresh, superbly prepared and delicious. Don't be fooled by the simple decor, the food is worth waiting for those long benches. Worth a visit. Priced cheap.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsJune 17, 2012
    Try Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles. "A hefty plate of hand-torn carbs stir-fried in red-hot chili oil, scallions, cumin and spices until every inch is coated in a thin film of liquid heat." Read more
  • Greg
    GregJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Honestly... thank me later Xian, but please give the option of adding a fried egg on the lamb burger... i'm telling you, it will be amazing...
  • Siettah
    SiettahAugust 20, 2015
    Lamb dumplings in broth and a Jasmine tea = perfect for a cold day or the sniffles. Although neither case fit today and I still enjoyed it!
  • Yun M.
    Yun MiaoMay 17, 2013
    Ordered tiger vegetable salad and very impressed with the use of vinegar dressing.I never liked vinegar but this dish is amazing and appetizing. Perfect with Xian famous spicy cumin lamb burger!
  • Dina
    DinaApril 29, 2014
    Great for a quick stop, ridiculously cheap and good food. Homemade noodles - noodles with lamb are fantastic. For veg. there are cold noodles with cilantro (spicy). Tiny place, gets hectic.
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MMay 13, 2014
    Very tasty lamb dumplings in a tangy sauce. Take to go and sit out in good weather. Also don't miss the chained up Mickey!
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Xi’An Famous Foods indeed has a bunch of famous foods — their noodles, soups and lamb burgers are beloved by everyone with a brain who likes cheap spicy food. Now they make dumplings too.
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoFebruary 10, 2014
    A little bigger than the St. Marks location, you'll find an assortment of the pulled noodles dishes as well as some dumplings & soups. Most noodle dishes are a little spicy. Cheap eats.
  • Bruno S.
    Bruno SaadJuly 25, 2016
    If you're not used to spicy food, ask for no spice. I asked for "mildly spicy" and it was waaaaay more spicy than what I'm used to. But it was so tasty! Recommended.
  • Hunter N.
    Hunter NewmanMarch 14, 2016
    EVERY NOODLE SOUP is so good, the spicy is nothing to mess around with. Sometimes the broth has licorice in it which I can do without but it adds a unique flavor profile.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2013
    Xi'an's excellent hand-pulled noodles topped with cumin-spiced lamb is one of the best ways to spend $5 in New York.
  • Gloriann C.
    Gloriann ChhouthApril 5, 2014
    Try the stewed pork noodle dish or the lamb! You won't be disappointed. This place is a gem❤️ I love it
  • Bee
    BeeAugust 12, 2014
    packed at lunch time - prob due to Anthony Bourdain & Andrew Zimmerman featuring their other locations! noodle orders are better for eating in - but lamb burgers hold up well to being heat up later.
  • Evonne C.
    Evonne CJuly 26, 2013
    i get the chicken dumpling filling here and it's really yummy. just grab a pack of dumpling wraps and i'm ready to make my own - and it's affordable.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RothJanuary 24, 2016
    These hand-pulled noodles are beautiful: wide like pappardelle and inconsistent in thickness, so you get some thin, tender bites and more robust chewy ones all in the same slurp.
  • Trent
    TrentFebruary 1, 2015
    The cumin lamb noodles with or without soup (N1 & NS1) are really good. The spicy cumin lamb burger is a popular item, but I haven't tried it yet.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2013
    For wonderful, fresh tofu, but spicier, try the Chang-an Spicy Tofu. It's awash in chili oil, soy sauce, and spices.
  • Allen Y.
    Allen YangAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The lamb here is what's really good; if you like lamb and cumin, just get the 'open face' lamb salad. Noodles aren't for everybody, but liang pi is pretty good.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PerkelJuly 18, 2015
    Any of the spicy (homemade) noodle dishes are a savory, al dente delight, and you must try the cumin spiced lamb in something too!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Looking for amazing Asian food in Chinatown, hit up Xi'an Famous Foods. The noodles are delicious, yet spicy. Also, Anthony Bourdain has been there.
  • Carolina B.
    Carolina BorbergNovember 29, 2014
    Oh please this place is a must in NYC! Try the cold noodles and the lamb noodles! Didn't care for the burger since the cumin flavor is not my thing!
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HanNovember 8, 2014
    No other words needed, good affordable chinese food. The spinach dumpling in soup had dumplings stuffed w straight up spinach w a thick dumpling skin and probably wasn't my fav. Self serve, no frill.
  • Abby O.
    Abby OlsonOctober 27, 2013
    Such a great and filling inexpensive eat. Vegetable noodles, spicy cumin lamb noodles, and lamb dumplings are all great choices.
  • Sandra N.
    Sandra NamApril 14, 2013
    Spicy Lamb Cumin noodles are the way to go. Best cheap eat in the city.
  • Zac Z.
    Zac ZellersSeptember 5, 2014
    ordering the N1 (spicy lamb noodle dish), the dumplings, and a cumin lamb burger was really nice with my family.
  • Adna
    AdnaSeptember 18, 2015
    Get the cold skin noodle. It's vegetarian and very filling for the price you pay. You can pick how spicy you want the dishes.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain and grab a spicy cumin lamb burger. One of the best eats in the city. Only $3!
  • Sophie R.
    Sophie RieseApril 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    By far and away my favourite dishes are the Ns2 and the F1. I love spicy, and it's great flavor to go with it.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJanuary 12, 2015
    The liang pi noodles (both the cold and the stir fry ones) are perfect if you're looking for a dish that's less heavy but still has full-on flavor.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McGinnMay 26, 2011
    Spciy & tingly beef noodles are so good! Try the lamb burger too! Get both and share with someone; great lunch for 2 for under $10
  • Greg
    GregNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The lamb burger is good, but the cumin/spices overpower the flavor of the lamb completely. Can't beat the price though, 3.50$
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherMarch 19, 2014
    Liang pi noodles, lamb or pork burger, tiger vegetable salad, lamb dumplings, spicy cumin lamb noodles
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMJune 12, 2016
    Go for the spicy lamb noodles or the stewed pork. Or try everything - it's all fairly cheap and delicious.
  • Inder S.
    Inder SinghAugust 8, 2013
    Come early for lunch to avoid the lines. Definitely by or at noon. Don't miss the spicy cumin lamb.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondMarch 22, 2016
    The lamb burger is a great deal for a smallish lunch. But the noodle dishes are the way to go.
  • Gabriel d.
    Gabriel d. A. L.October 31, 2015
    Believe them when they say something is spicy. Lamb burger is good. I also love the lamb cumin noodles.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojJanuary 5, 2015
    Lamb burger, Liang Pi, and the Spicy hot Oil seared hand-ripped noodles are my favs! Dumplings are pretty good too.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrisitaAugust 21, 2015
    Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles, get them extra spicy; a perfect blend of spices, lamb, and noodles.
  • Deb K.
    Deb KumarMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is great unusual Chinese food. Have tried the lamb burger and lamb noodles so far.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing western Chinese cuisine. For an even more authentic experience, check out Xi'An's location in the Golden Mall in Flushing, Queens
  • Felix S.
    Felix SargentNovember 16, 2014
    Devious authentic food from Xi'an. You will not be disappointed, and the prices are incredibly cheap.
  • David C.
    David ChangDecember 27, 2015
    Delicious food! Special third world bathroom experience.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VMarch 20, 2013
    Holy shit how did I not know about this place before?!! Random discovery that blew my mind. Get the spicy cumin lamb burger + tiger vegetable salad.
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