Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • This Chinese restaurant is famous for their cumin lamb. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Nathaniel E.
    "You can't go wrong with anything that has 'cumin lamb' in the name."(65 Tips)
    Jessica L.
    "holy moly wow you gotta try their new lamb dumplings"(7 Tips)
    Talisa C.
    "Pork burger and hand pulled lamb noodles are a must."(10 Tips)
    Julia B.
    "Try the spicy lamb noodles for an inexpensive and delicious meal"(7 Tips)
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  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeySeptember 24
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy and Tingly Beef, and the dumpling soup.
  • Mitra S.
    Mitra SalaselSeptember 14
    Giant sour cabbage dumplings to overstuff yourself after the obligatory lamb cumin noodles.
  • Rubén G.
    Live the spicy cumin lamb noodles, they're delicious but be ready to take a nap afterwards... The lamb burger and the dumplings are great as well
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jonas L.
    Tastes like u ate a bad cumin plant
  • Sheena
    SheenaAugust 13
    I can't count how many times I have eaten Xi'an. It's delicious, just go, pick anything, and eat everything
  • Henrik
    HenrikJuly 27
    This is one of the best Chinese lunch places I have ever been to. Simply amazing! 👍
  • Leanne Z.
    This place is good life changing.
  • Kristina R.
    Best cheap eats in town.
  • Ryan G.
    Skip the cumin lamb and go for the Mount Qi Pork Noodles.
  • Fran W.
    Fran WuFebruary 28
    Love their hand stretched noodles and Liang pi. I grew up eating this stuff so really appreciate this chain.
  • Eric N.
    Eric NingJanuary 7
    Tastes close enough to my mom's cooking. Not much table space so I wouldn't recommend coming as a group.
  • Y Y.
    Y YDecember 28, 2016
    The shop is small and not comfortable to sit in but boy, those spicy noodles sure is great!
  • Bradley U.
    Bradley UmaneDecember 21, 2016
    Lamb dumplings in soup are dangerously good.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaliwatDecember 15, 2016
    Lamb Dumplings - Grubstreet's #14 NYC dumpling
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfDecember 15, 2016
    Cumin lamb noodles are the real deal.
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralDecember 11, 2016
    Cumin lamb burger is amazing
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangOctober 24, 2016
    Can never go wrong with NS4
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EddyOctober 13, 2016
    West china noodle shop. Spicy goodness. also mini kumin lamb burgers are great. Also cheap as dirt.
  • naveen
    naveenOctober 3, 2016
    spicy hand-pulled noodles. the biggest dumplings you've ever eaten.
  • Omri K.
    Omri KlSeptember 25, 2016
    Cold noodles and vegetable dumplings 😍😍
  • Peter R.
    Peter RSeptember 24, 2016
    Deserves its reputation
  • coco b.
    coco beatsoulSeptember 12, 2016
    Spicy food was too spicy for me! I couldn't eat it. The place is original. Try something simple and you will not regret it;) (toilet not good)
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerAugust 21, 2016
    Affordable and yum but definitely on the greasy side. Also mostly red meat.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "The buckwheat noodles at mini Chinese chain Xi'an Famous Foods are spicy and refreshing and laced with cilantro and Sichuan peppercorns." - Chef Sara Jenkins Read more
  • Grace K.
    Grace KwanJuly 31, 2016
    The line can be unpleasant and the interior's austere, but it's famous for a reason. Skip the jajiangmian and get the classics, like the spicy cumin lamb noodles.
  • Drew 5.
    Drew 5July 29, 2016
    Sometimes you just need that authentic flavor
  • Ruogu K.
    Ruogu KangJuly 22, 2016
    log time favorite
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJune 27, 2016
    You can't go wrong with anything that says "cumin lamb." Also love the cucumber salad and zha jiang mian!
  • sabler
    sablerJune 17, 2016
    Take a break from the lamb and give the spicy and tingly beef a try.
  • Phil C.
    Phil CalçadoApril 24, 2016
    Everything is good. Not lots of seating, just in and out.
  • Hank C.
    Hank CoutureApril 8, 2016
    Good cheap eats
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MApril 4, 2016
    Spicy noodles and dumplings are on point - cumin lamb burger was also a trip.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZhaoApril 3, 2016
    Cumin lamb dishes are solid
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyMarch 30, 2016
    Spicy cumin lamb noodles in soup.
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorMarch 17, 2016
    definitely an OG spot, but will leave you feeling ehh afterwards
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 8, 2016
    Hot oil noodles, vegetarian style are the way to go.
  • Juan Héctor A.
    Skip de lamburger and get some cumin lamb spicy noodles is the best dish I have tasted in years. A. Bourdain was behind this tasty treasure.
  • Juan Héctor A.
    Cumin lamb spicy noodles is the best dish I have tasted in years. A. Bourdain was behind this tasty treasure.
  • Jenny Y.
    Jenny YoungFebruary 26, 2016
    Spicy cumin noodles
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 26, 2016
    Spicy noodles yum. Spinach dumplings good. Bao burger meh.
  • Felix S.
    Felix SargentFebruary 26, 2016
    Eat everything! The lamb noodles are especially good.
  • Ashley
    AshleyFebruary 10, 2016
    Hand pulled noodles always
  • Rob S.
    Rob SewardJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold skin noodles!
  • lucas c.
    lucas companJanuary 27, 2016
    Good and cheap food, wrapped up by a cool concept
  • Christina S.
    Christina SquitieriJanuary 19, 2016
    The spicy and tingly beef in soup is delicious; very spicy, but the beef is really tender and tastes fantastic. The noodles are also great! (And they can reduce the spice if you want!)
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.January 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    the hand pulled noodles and liangpi are great. if you're worried about the spiciness you can ask for less spicy or sauce on the side
  • Justin G.
    Justin GaudenziJanuary 11, 2016
    Spicy cumin lamb noodles are money, listen to them when they suggest not to take out your first time
  • nicole r.
    nicole rajicJanuary 6, 2016
    Spicy cumin lamb noodles. So spicy, yet so beyond delicious.
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.December 23, 2015
    The ox-tail noodle soup (Ns10?) is fucking amazing.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb burger is better than pork burger imo. Noodles are good. Dumplings so so.
  • Paul P.
    Paul PadierDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with N1 or B2.
  • Izzy
    IzzyDecember 10, 2015
    Hot oil noodles vegetarian style (N8)
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaDecember 5, 2015
    The spinach dumplings and tofu soup and tiger salad. Done. Greatness. Spicy everything.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaDecember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I really can't get enough of this place, I'm seriously addicted to the spicy & tingly beef soup and the spicy cumin lamb noodles. Help.
  • Brandon
    BrandonDecember 1, 2015
    Ox tail noodles
  • Ab
    AbNovember 25, 2015
    That spicy cumin goat isn't the easier to eat, but damn if ain't worth the fight.
  • Ivy M.
    Ivy MahsciaoNovember 18, 2015
    Synonymous with comfort food and all things good for the soul. You can close your eyes and play order roulette because all of their savory dishes are amazing, even vegetarian options are outstanding.
  • JP
    JPNovember 18, 2015
    Get the Cumin-Lamb Hand Pulled Noodles.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HowellsNovember 2, 2015
    Lamb cumin noodles are great.
  • Harish H.
    Harish HoonOctober 10, 2015
    Amazing spicy cumin lamb noodles!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SmithSeptember 17, 2015
    Try the Liang Pi "cold skin noodles" and spicy and sour spinach dumplings.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattySeptember 17, 2015
    Spicy lamb everything. The best possible combination of unique, authentic, inexpensive, quick, delicious food.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Dumplings take 15 min
  • Konstantin D.
    Konstantin DatzAugust 31, 2015
    Lovely place with loads of great food!
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Zha jiang mian spicy. And the tea!
  • RC
    RCAugust 23, 2015
    I think I'm the only customer that doesn't speak Chinese. That's a very good sign. This place is worth the trip and the wait. Cumin lamb and the dumplings are awesome!
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    They serve up some of the tastiest Chinese food in the city at the best price! Read more
  • Adrien
    AdrienAugust 16, 2015
    First timers can't go wrong with N4/NS4(w/soup). Also they take spice very seriously, go with medium or mild. Last but not least wear a bib or bring a spare t-shirt! Things get messy #slurping
  • Joris B.
    Joris BerthelotAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Careful: very spicy!!
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimJuly 15, 2015
    all the noodles and soups!
  • Maksim A.
    Maksim AlipovJuly 13, 2015
    Good noodle, eat fresh! Around 8$
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 12, 2015
    Cucumber salad in the summer gives you feelings.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GyssJuly 9, 2015
    Spicy cumin lamb burger!!
  • Justin M.
    Justin MyersJuly 8, 2015
    Try the lamb dumplings!
  • Radhika
    RadhikaJuly 7, 2015
    Cold noodles
  • George L.
    George LeeJuly 6, 2015
    Cumin lamb noodles are delicious
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangJuly 5, 2015
    Authentic xian food. Best liang pi I've tasted outside of xian
  • leo k.
    leo kyivJune 29, 2015
    Great flat noodles. prices are extremely cheap
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaJune 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the spicy cumin lamb noodles!
  • Kate
    KateJune 21, 2015
    Seating can be hard to grab, but the food is worth it!
  • Liza
    LizaJune 20, 2015
    Overrated. Cumin lamb burger was okay - bun was oversized and dry. Too much noodles and not enough meat
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJune 11, 2015
    Liang Pi cold skin noodles are a spicy version of heaven.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyMay 26, 2015
    Amazing lamb burger and dumplings
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMay 18, 2015
    Most authentic Chinese street food in east village! It's a must!
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsMay 17, 2015
    Everything is delicious, but spicier than you expect!
  • aisha b.
    aisha baiocchiMay 15, 2015
    The burgers are to DIE for!
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonMay 14, 2015
    Pro-tip. Stuff tiger vegetable salad INSIDE pork bun. Yes.
  • Ryan
    RyanMay 5, 2015
    A1, son. Extra spicy 💥
  • aisha b.
    aisha baiocchiMay 5, 2015
    The food is good and cheap, not too fancy but nice
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 29, 2015
    Prices have gone up since many of the reviews here were posted, but all dishes are still under $10. The N1 (spicy cumin lamb noodles) is tasty and comes in a thick layer of oil
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerMarch 23, 2015
    Everything is good. Step outside the box and order something new.
  • E
    EMarch 20, 2015
    Try the cumin lamb w pulled noodles! My go-to dish for here. I also like their jasmine tea but note that it comes sweet.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MartinezMarch 16, 2015
    Liang pi and pork burger every day for the rest of my life. Queens, brooklyn, Manhattan... I can feel xian closing in and I'm not mad
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 11, 2015
    Best destination for the food of the Chinese city of Xi'an. Try the chewy liang pi noodles or "lamb face" salad, all doused in their alluringly fiery house sauces.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good and cheap noodles abound at this tiny sliver of a restaurant. The lamb and beef noodles in soup are the best.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HJanuary 18, 2015
    So good, your Chinese food fix for cheap when you're in the east village
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 13, 2015
    Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles: $5.50 / Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles: $4.50
  • Lee B.
    Lee ByronJanuary 10, 2015
    Tingly noodles are amazing. Eat them quickly as they congeal in about 15 minutes.
  • Dan E.
    Dan EchlinJanuary 1, 2015
    Chang-an Spicy Tofu
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageDecember 26, 2014
    "Extra spicy" here just means extra chili oil. Wish they'd just load on the chilis by themselves.
  • David R.
    David RiordanDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Noodles that don't leave you with a craving, but rather a hungering that you will spend the rest of your life seeking again. Can't go wrong with cumin lamb noodles (in or out of soup).
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinDecember 16, 2014
    Lang pi noodles are definitely interesting but unconventional. for those looking for something more prototypical done very well try the lamb burger
  • Alice
    AliceDecember 14, 2014
    Spicy cumin lamb noodles with the soy milk!
  • Paloma O.
    Paloma OrtizDecember 9, 2014
    The dumplings are really good! If you are a vegetarian who loves spicy food, try the dumplings in broth or the veggie noodle soup! Good stuff
  • Trudy L.
    Trudy LDecember 3, 2014
    Noodles were slurptastic! Great after a workout, but there was limited seating and tables needed a wipe down.
  • Armine K.
    Armine KalanNovember 25, 2014
    Ns2!! Spicy delicious soup and noodles. Small place but soooo good. Be prepared to take it home.
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 24, 2014
    Spicy cumin lamb pulled noodles are great! They just opened yet another outpost on e 78th I think. Try the Chinese soda!
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaNovember 22, 2014
    Try the oxtail soup. The meat is so tender and delicious. Also, the spicy cumin dishes are outstanding.
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeNovember 18, 2014
    Amazing. Go. Get the cumin lamb noodles and the cold skin noodles.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuNovember 16, 2014
    Order anything with lamb in it!
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    NS4, Spicy
  • Paul K.
    Paul KernfeldNovember 8, 2014
    Noodles, cumin lamb noodles, lamb burger, lamb face salad, lamb dumplings
  • Asia L.
    Asia LindsayOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I loved the concubine noodles (and not just because of its name). In fact I liked this place so much I came back the next day because I wanted to see if it tasted as good as I remembered. It did
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RizzoOctober 19, 2014
    Hot delicious homemade Chinese noodles.
  • Elias W.
    Elias WehbeOctober 13, 2014
    Cheap and delicious. Cumin lamb burger of course. But don't miss out on the oxtail - in any dish.
  • Michelle
    MichelleOctober 9, 2014
    Rapid service - the lamb cumin dry noodles is divine.
  • Viv
    VivSeptember 20, 2014
    The noodles are bloody amazing!
  • Anastasia E.
    Anastasia EnotSeptember 14, 2014
    Super cheap and sooo tasty!
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TamSeptember 11, 2014
    Anthony Bourdain loves the spicy lamb cumin noodle, which packs serious heat. I like the spicy & sour spinach dumpling!
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $3.50 for a cumin lamb burger
  • Julia B.
    Julia BenedictSeptember 4, 2014
    Try the spicy lamb noodles for an inexpensive and delicious meal
  • Kira F.
    Kira FisherSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Underrated item: dumpling soup. Ask nicely and they will do half lamb half veg!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Xian Famous Food as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BasuAugust 28, 2014
    Getting take out is the one of the worst things you can do. The noodles really get lumpy, in just 15 mins. Take their advice and eat in.
  • Alan Y.
    Alan YouAugust 26, 2014
    The liang pi noodles are excellent on a hot day.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsAugust 22, 2014
    The noodles are like none other. I think the sandwiches are overrated but was pleasantly surprised by the dumplings.
  • Thomas Z.
    Thomas ZimmermanAugust 21, 2014
    The cumin lamb noodles are fantastic and filling. Warning that the teas are a little sweeter than you'd expect.
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilkinsAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Standard order: lamb burger, pork noodles with soup and the cucumber salad. Can't go wrong though with pretty much everything else though.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try anything with cumin. They recommend eating your noodles right away so the sauce doesn't soak into the noodles.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Do yourself a favor, skip the available cans of soda and instead opt for their homemade cold jasmine tea (sweetened or unsweetened)—it perfectly cuts the spice that a coke cannot handle. Read more
  • Dan
    DanAugust 12, 2014
    Everything
  • Saul S.
    Saul ShanabrookAugust 12, 2014
    Loved the lamb sand which. Small but worth it for under $4
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KnappAugust 10, 2014
    The N4 (Stewed Pork Noodles, default spicy) are out of this world. Perfect spice.
  • Dr. P.
    Dr. PloinkyAugust 9, 2014
    Yes, the cumin lamb noodles. Get that and eat it there.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsAugust 8, 2014
    The N4 is happiness on a plate (stewed pork noodles)
  • Anoop R.
    Anoop RanganathAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't even try to dine in. Order your food to go and enjoy it in a local bar such as Hi-Fi or Cherry Tavern.
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TengAugust 7, 2014
    N4, A1, F4
  • Vitaly
    VitalyAugust 7, 2014
    Cumin lamb burger
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    N2 / N4 are the way to go.
  • Ramya
    RamyaAugust 4, 2014
    Cash only! The lamb cumin noodles were okay but a way too oily for me
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJune 30, 2014
    Get the spicy cumin lamb burger alongside your menu item. The teas in the fridge are also worth trying out.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 20, 2014
    After a long renovation, Xi’an Famous Foods near First Avenue has reopened. Check the newly renovated space out! Read more
  • Takeda Y.
    Takeda YumikoMay 7, 2014
    want to have spicy cumin lamb noodles
  • Terry Y.
    Terry YMarch 18, 2014
    Did the lamb trifecto... Lamb noodles, lamb dumplings and lamb burger.
  • Vanessa P.
    Vanessa PhamJanuary 18, 2014
    Get the unsweetened soy milk- cuts the spice like no other.
  • Nick S.
    Nick StamasDecember 17, 2013
    Liang pi cold noodles
  • @soyrev
    @soyrevDecember 14, 2013
    if you ever have a bad meal in the neighborhood, come here, spend $4.50 to get a fat plate of liang pi and cleanse your palate by fire
  • @soyrev
    @soyrevDecember 14, 2013
    tremendous
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinDecember 10, 2013
    I guess the spicy cumin lamb noodles are a thing here...
  • Eric W.
    Eric WDecember 2, 2013
    Needs more seats.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PezzulloNovember 18, 2013
    Get the spicy hot oil seared hand-ripped noodles with chicken. They're delicious!
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AizenJuly 29, 2013
    N2 FTW. this place is a bit soup nazi but OMG is it tasty. Like real China tasty.
  • Sophie Y.
    Sophie Y.July 12, 2013
    VERY limited seating. Get there right when they open or else it'll be carry out for you!
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedJune 19, 2013
    It's safe to say you probably haven't had Chinese food quite like this. From a region that borrows flavors from middle eastern cuisine, everything is cheap and delicious! We recommend the cumin lamb.
  • David C.
    David CatoJune 16, 2013
    This place is gods gift to mankind
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not for the weak-stomached. Spicy means spicy. Also lots of vegetarian options; try the liang pi cold noodles or chang 'an tofu. And be prepared to snatch a seat as soon as someone stands up.
  • Armando
    ArmandoJune 2, 2013
    Cheap spicy lamb burgers, awesome noodle dishes.
  • Christina
    ChristinaMay 11, 2013
    Hands down best noodles in the east village. Spicy cumin lamb noodles melt in your mouth. Get the tiger vegetable salad on the side for some fresh contrast
  • Phillip T.
    Phillip T.April 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The regular guy must be on vacation. Service sucks when he's not here.
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No bathroom, no water, and cash only. Decent noodles though.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2013
    For wonderfully fresh tofu, but spicier, try the Chang-an Spicy Tofu. It's awash in chili oil, soy sauce, and spices.
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºApril 17, 2013
    You will love it. Unique, delicious, and tiny as ALL hell so don't plan in eating in! Hehe. At least there's space for your dog outside...(The [N8] Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles is SPICY!)
  • 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 spiced, fiery house sauces.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GottfriedApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Unique hand-pulled noodles, I usually get the Concubine Chicken Noodles.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LinApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    holy moly wow you gotta try their new lamb dumplings
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarquesMarch 26, 2013
    Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger $3 One of Anthony Bourdain's favorites
  • Chris D.
    Chris DongMarch 22, 2013
    New lamb dumplings (F4) from Biang!
  • Phillip T.
    Phillip T.March 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The dumplings... Mmmmmmmm
  • Chisara N.
    Chisara N.March 9, 2013
    N2 spicy cumin lamb noodles is the biz. Also found a new love in the haw berry tea.
  • Jinna W.
    Jinna WMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the B1 and F1! Nice meal for under $5!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUFebruary 14, 2013
    A hefty plate of noodles or a bowl of soup for $4.50? Done. 
  • Katherine R.
    Katherine RethFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    A1 or N1 or both? Always my dilemma when I come here. So delicious.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MartinezJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Noodles. Noodles. Lamb beats pork.
  • Asim J.
    Asim JaweedJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't miss the N1
  • Laurie
    LaurieDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Sorry, I change my mind. Just tried N9 and I am never going back.
  • Thom C.
    Thom CurtisDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Avoid c2, lamb offal soup. Dictionary .com - Offal- viscera and trimmings from a butchered animal often considered inedible by humans :(
  • Bollare
    BollareNovember 27, 2012
    Amazing hole in the wall Chinese restaurant in the East Village. The spicy Liang Pi cold skin noodles are the best. -Fez
  • alphacityguides
    alphacityguidesNovember 26, 2012
    Spicy is waaaaaaaaay too spicy. Good...but spicy. Also cash only! Read more
  • Mehkta W.
    Mehkta WaneyNovember 24, 2012
    Get the Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles!! Soo good. I usually can handle spicy food, but this one is really spicy so get the mild one.
  • Gus L.
    Gus LubinNovember 24, 2012
    Fast turnover ... Easier to get a seat than u think
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LavichNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles are phenomenal with or without soup. The pork burger is a must have and it's only $2.50.
  • Reinaldo D.
    Reinaldo Deliz GuzmanNovember 19, 2012
    When they say spicy, they really mean it.
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 11, 2012
    N9 and B2 + sour hawberry tea is my staple. Cash only
  • Laurie
    LaurieNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    N4 not spicy is the way to go. Jasmine tea is good too. Lately they started selling soy milk too!
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    The signature dish—a vegetarian plate of noodles, sprouts, wheat gluten and spices served cold—throws nearly every trick into the mix. Read more
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 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
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    N4, make it spicy. All day, err'day.
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas RitterOctober 26, 2012
    B1. You'll thank me.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Readers' Poll winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Noodles!
  • Humayun R.
    Humayun RashidOctober 19, 2012
    Get the spicy cumin lamb. The best dish!
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EmodiOctober 14, 2012
    You can't go wrong with anything that has 'cumin lamb' in the name. And sour hawberry tea is delicious, whatever it may be.
  • Greg T.
    Greg TakayamaOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Face salad is a winner.
  • TEV N.
    TEV NYCOctober 9, 2012
    Here you’ll enjoy authentic Xi’anese fare that Anthony Bourdain graced with this little compliment: “If I lived around here I’d be eating here every day.”
  • Greg C.
    Greg ChangSeptember 30, 2012
    Oxtail soup reminds me of my moms homemade Chinese comfort food. If I were to open a restaurant it would be this. Authentic chinese food (beef noodle soup, oxtail) and old school hip hop playing
  • Ming-Samurai L.
    Ming-Samurai LaiSeptember 19, 2012
    Yummy pork burger!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BarilaAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of our all time fav places on earth. Get the spicy cumin lamb noodles in soup or just the noodles no soup. The spicy mix soup base is amazing.
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusAugust 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The hand pulled noodles are amazing and addictive. Ns1 all the way.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojAugust 13, 2012
    Check out our feature of Xi'an Famous Foods! Read more
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The perfect meal to share: Stewed pork noodles, spicy tingly beef noodles, LAN Pi cold skin noodles, lamb face salad, lamb soup and tiger vegetables.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LamAugust 1, 2012
    Be ready for really HOT and spicy noodles. Try to drink a lot of milk or water.
  • Jinna W.
    Jinna WJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the B2 and F1 for a meal under $5 !!
  • Ben P.
    Ben PorterJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles are BONKERS
  • Chris D.
    Chris D'AngeloJune 26, 2012
    Thought it would be spicier. Ordered "Spicy". It was 6/10 on the spicy scale
  • Katherine R.
    Katherine RethJune 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Their mild is my spicy.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HildrethJune 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The most understated item on the menu is the tiger vegetable salad. Celery, parsley and a cool vinegar dressing that compliments any of the other heavy-hitting items on the menu.
  • 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
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuJune 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the sour hawberry tea. Love their many instructional signs.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SethiJune 9, 2012
    Try anything with the spiced cumin lamb. Either the burger or the spicy noodles are the best reason to come here. I only ever remember this place as "the lamb burger place"
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 6, 2012
    One of our favorite go-to's for a cheap and spicy meal. Don't miss the lamb burger and refreshing cold-skin noodles. Beware when asking for items "spicy" - they don't mess around.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LuckenbillMay 30, 2012
    Very good Ramen Shop
    Downvoted Sep 3
  • inna k.
    inna katsMay 9, 2012
    Try A1 Cold Skin Noodle (not spicy) with B2 Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger and a Sour Hawberry Tea. $9.50!
  • Kirk M.
    Kirk McMurrayMay 8, 2012
    Try the Lamb Face Salad
  • Kyu L.
    Kyu LeeMay 2, 2012
    I asked what they recommend and they said "look at menu"
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyApril 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The tofu is so good. Also try all the noodles. They are all delicious in their own way--but I have a warm spot in my heart for the concubine chicken
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyApril 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You would never think to get the soft tofu, but you should! Make sure it's spicy!
  • Erin A.
    Erin AlderetteApril 11, 2012
    Burger and cumin lamb over thick rice noodles
  • Snehal A.
    Snehal AvichalApril 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    [N2] Spicy & Tingly Beef Hand-Ripped Noodles.
  • William B.
    William BennettApril 4, 2012
    Noodles and hot oil, thats all.
  • Dane B.
    Dane BApril 3, 2012
    The Cumin Lamb Burger gets all the press here, but I much prefer the Stewed Pork Burger. Squirt some BBQ sauce on there, and that'd have a line around the block at the Big Apple BBQ Block Party.
  • Dane B.
    Dane BApril 3, 2012
    The Cold Skin Noodles are like having a fun bouncy castle in your mouth. I'm not a fan of the gluten cubes though.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda L.April 2, 2012
    Come on a weekday between noon and 1. I was in and out in 45 seconds, and there were a couple seats available. I'm still having heart palpitations from N1 - worth it.
  • Lucu C.
    Lucu ChalmetonMarch 21, 2012
    Shredded pork bum is my favorite!
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyMarch 2, 2012
    The Liang Pi "Cold Skin Noodles" are famouns for a reason. However, you should also try the Spicy & tingly lamb Face salad. It sounds weird, but the complex mix of spices makes it a can't miss.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BarbaroMarch 1, 2012
    The Spicy Lumin Lamb Noodles are delicious.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan ReeseFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    lamb face or bust.
  • Pet S.
    Pet SFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They need to calm down on the signs in here...
  • Pet S.
    Pet SFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    N6 all the way! Concubine chicken noodles spicy!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 22, 2012
    Village Voice is excited to have Xi'an Famous Foods at the 2012 Choice Eats food fest! Full list of restaurants here: http://ow.ly/8QjDQ
  • Tuan B.
    Tuan BuiFebruary 17, 2012
    One meal at a time to work the entire menu!
  • Sajid M.
    Sajid MehmoodFebruary 13, 2012
    Great food -- go for any of the spicy noodles or the cumin lamb "burger". Or get both, and still pay under $10. Not much seating though -- you'll have to take it to go during peak meal times.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong w/either cumin lamb or tingly beef. Mmmmmm
  • Helen S.
    Helen SJanuary 25, 2012
    suuuuuper spicy. soft pillowy noodles that taste better than they look. have only been to the one below the bridge, but i hear the st. mark's location is good too?
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    everyone goes for the cold skin noodles. while this is a must have, try the spicy tofu too. a hug in a cup.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Spicy Tingly Beef Noodles make me cry. Pain never tasted so good.
  • ConBon
    ConBonDecember 27, 2011
    spicy noodles rock! everything is good here.
  • Jayson P.
    Jayson PhillipsDecember 24, 2011
    4 words: spicy cumin Lamb Burger
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LeeDecember 22, 2011
    liang pi noodles = vegetarian delight. their mild is my spicy.
  • Jenna R.
    Jenna RDecember 20, 2011
    Try A1 Cold Skin Noodles with hullberry tea
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoDecember 12, 2011
    BBQ pork sliders FTW!
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangNovember 18, 2011
    Pork burger and hand pulled lamb noodles are a must. Really love the lamb pao-mo soup, too. Has cubes of bun dough in it!
  • George L.
    George LondonNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    N1 for life.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenOctober 7, 2011
    Yum. Gangstarr is a bonus!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BaoOctober 3, 2011
    believe the hype. and the pork burgers.
  • JD
    JDOctober 3, 2011
    Step up. Order N1 (Spicy Lamb Noodles). Hand cash. Step to the side. Read more
  • Meg P.
    Meg PowersSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Staff was very professional and efficient. Spicy cumin lamb noodles (N1) are amazing.
  • Antonio d.
    Antonio del RioSeptember 26, 2011
    Order the N1 with a chrysanthemum tea
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChuaSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    cumin lamb burger or GTFO
  • Conway A.
    Conway AndersonSeptember 13, 2011
    Get the N1
  • Sapana K.
    Sapana KulkarniSeptember 6, 2011
    Lips are still stinging from the incredibly delicious (spicy!) Lamb Cumin Noodles. So worth it.
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParkSeptember 4, 2011
    Ns4 stewed pork noodles in soup
  • Munira A.
    Munira AhmedSeptember 3, 2011
    Spicy cumin lamb burger and Liang Pi (even mildly spicy is still spicy)
  • NabeWise
    NabeWiseAugust 30, 2011
    Western Chinese food, which is very different. Super small place. Get the Cold Skin Noodles.
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lamb noodles and lamb burger
  • Yon L.
    Yon LamAugust 21, 2011
    Oxtail noodles in soup is fabulous
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZhouAugust 15, 2011
    They are serious about their spice-i-ness.
  • mina j.
    mina jAugust 11, 2011
    I loves me some Spicy & Tingly (TM) style dishes here. And the Tiger Salad.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BeppuJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the sweetened chrysanthemum tea!
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 28, 2011
    They serve one of the tastiest lamb burgers in the city! Another favorite is the spicy tingly beef noodles. They are heavenly!
  • Vipul P.
    Vipul PatelJuly 19, 2011
    If you're here with someone else, order 3 lamb burgers and ask for one of them cut in half.
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeJuly 10, 2011
    Vegetarians don't despair! The Mount Qi hand-ripped noodles are like O-M-G.
  • Kathy W.
    Kathy WongJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Liang Pi noodles (A1) and Spicy Tingly Beef Noodles (N2)
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the spicy tingy beef noodles
  • Shana C.
    Shana CarpJune 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    N1 is amazing for its complex flavor with minimal main ingredients
  • Chase W.
    Chase WhiteJune 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have dou jiang now!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HoffmanJune 16, 2011
    If you're not into spicy food be sure to say for them to not make it too spicy. They do mild too.
  • Sabeena T.
    Sabeena TrilokekarJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the cold skin and spicy cumin lamb noodles. Nomnomnom
  • Rastakiki R.
    very tasty noodle (home made), i have tried the spicy beef noodle, taste like french "boeuf bourgignon"
  • John W.
    John WagnerJune 3, 2011
    Try the Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles
  • John W.
    John WagnerJune 3, 2011
    Try the Stewed Oxtail Noodles
  • Jon L.
    Jon LinMay 30, 2011
    Portions smaller than other locations
  • Fabian M.
    Fabian MuMay 29, 2011
    chinese food with arab influences. fresh, self made noodles and on top of that: cheap. Read more
  • Dr G.
    Dr GeckoMay 22, 2011
    The noodles are chewily awesome and the different kinds have different spicing even though the names are similar. The soups are pallid by comparison, but the soft tofu and tiger salad are tingly good.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comMay 5, 2011
    Dine for under $10 in East Village? This hot spot is special in that they hand-pull their own noodles and take a more traditional approach to Chinese cuisine. Not a noodle fan? Go for the lamb face Read more
  • Jason K.
    Jason KottkeMay 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hand pulled noodles. Love this place.
  • Geri C.
    Geri CApril 20, 2011
    Gotta get A1 liang pi cold skin noodles and B2 spicy cumin Lamb Burger.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackApril 18, 2011
    Vegetarian's beware: triple check that they didn't hide pork in the middle of your 'vegetarian' dish.
  • lookytasty.com
    lookytasty.comMarch 19, 2011
    The oxtail is awesome! Using hands encouraged. They even provide you with plastic gloves!
  • FRANK151
    FRANK151March 17, 2011
    It seems Xi'an's only objective is to provide great food for absurdly cheap. The popular Savory Cumin Lamb Burger fills the stomach and only cost a measley $2.50. Read more
  • Alia p.
    Alia phibesMarch 1, 2011
    Seating is very limited, but you can take your food to holiday cocktail lounge next door and eat there if you buy a drink.
  • Alia p.
    Alia phibesMarch 1, 2011
    You really can't go wrong with cold skin noodles or cumin lamb.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WongJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb burgers all the way!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 12, 2011
    Try the Spicy & Tingly Beef Hand Pulled Soup Noodles
  • Cheapism
    CheapismJanuary 11, 2011
    Go here for Manhattan’s best budget Asian noodles. Slurp up Savory Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles for $5 or Liang Pi Noodles for $4. Read more
  • Jeffrey A.
    Jeffrey AllenJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lang-Pi cold noodles (ask for it spicy) and a cumin lamb "burger" are the best $7 you can spend in the east village on food. Tasty beyond belief.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 28, 2010
    Try the Liang Pi "Cold-Skin Noodles": these bouncy and chewy "noodles" are made entirely of wheat flour and opped with seitan cubes and veggies. One of the popular vegetarian options at Choice Eats!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HsuDecember 23, 2010
    The b2 (spicy lamb sandwich) alone is worth the schlep
  • lisa a. r.
    lisa a. reidNovember 28, 2010
    lamb burger. pork soup. hot oil noodles. spicy lamb face salad. cumin lamb noodles. rinse. repeat.
  • KaHee
    KaHeeNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    E1, E4 to get me started and A1 as dessert
  • Michael K.
    Michael KarnjanaprakornNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    B1: Stewed Pork Burger
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterNovember 15, 2010
    Outpost of the legendary lower Chinatown Shaanxi joint. Everything great, but the rich, garlicky, silken Spicy Soft Tofu ($2) is my fave dirt-cheap cold-weather pick-me-up in the E Village.
  • SkeeterNYC
    SkeeterNYCNovember 12, 2010
    If you're not in a lamb mood, not to fret, get A1, D3 and throw in a pork burger because it's only $2.50.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ChouNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The sour hawberry tea is awesome.
  • Christian d.
    Christian de BottonOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Have been getting the D1S every Sunday for the past month or so. Really great flavors, nice and spicy, and I absolutely love the texture of the noodles.
  • Sasha W.
    Sasha WyrobaOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    D4-S. Every sunday!!
  • Sasha W.
    Sasha WyrobaOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Guy at the front has been so nice to me and my friends. I dint know what's with the other posts :p
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaSeptember 18, 2010
    Even if you try to be nice, you will get bad service. It's not you.
  • Peter Y.
    Peter YangAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb burger - Yom-yom-yom!
  • Diane C.
    Diane ChienAugust 15, 2010
    Horribly long wait for a simple order of a1 and f1. 20 min and counting and the line isn't even out the door.
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary SobieAugust 12, 2010
    Get a lamb burger on their fresh baked bread. Great value for $2
  • Tanveer B.
    Tanveer BadalAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best lamb sandwich in memory. Hand pulled noodles pretty spectacular as well.
  • Michelle Higa F.
    Michelle Higa FoxAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    everything is good, but i usually go for the A1 Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles (spinach flavor if they have), B2 Savory Cumin Lamb Burger, D1 Savory Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles
  • Victor M.
    Victor MaJuly 28, 2010
    Do yourself a favor and get the C4. Although the one in Flushing is way better.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WrightsonJuly 13, 2010
    If you're really hungry, order a B1 (sweet pork burger) and a D1 (lamb curry noodles) for $8. Eat in disbelief.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonJuly 10, 2010
    So the rude kid is actually the general manager, his dad is the owner. An entitled kid who acts as he pleases since he knows there's a line for his so-so food. Cheap but not worth 30 min wait.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonJuly 10, 2010
    The kid at the counter is rude. The food isn't worth the wait or attitude.
  • Teresa
    TeresaJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is cash only. Also, most of their dishes are very spicy, but you can request less spiciness when ordering. I love the liangpi!
  • Greg W.
    Greg Wong 🎯July 3, 2010
    the noodles are pretty darn hot here. the famous stuff is D1, but the burgers are great too.
  • Hazel H.
    Hazel HernándezDecember 11, 2016
    La hamburguesa de cordero es deliciosa, lo mismo que la sopa de res con cordero. Una grata sorpresa
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