Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods

Noodle Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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    Henry T.
    "Spicy cumin lamb noodles will unchain your soul from your body!!"(15 Tips)
    Jessie C.
    "Can't get enough of the lamb dumplings doused in the house"(7 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "The spicy lamb noodles are a must."(5 Tips)
    Kenny K.
    "Pulled noodles of lamb and of pork had lots of flavor/cumin."(5 Tips)
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  • Siettahheart icon on user image
    SiettahFebruary 8, 2015
    The cumin lamb noodles (ordered spicy) were delicious but I may take the spice down a notch next time. I love hot food but I wasn't expecting it to be this hot. Definitely helped to clear my sinuses!
    Upvoted Jan 4
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    eifehSeptember 27, 2016
    If you're looking for authentic-ish Chinese street food, Xi'an Famous Foods fits the bill. The noodles are chewy and good. Try the spicy and tingly beef noodles. Not super spicy, but has some spice.
    Upvoted Jan 4
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezJuly 4, 2016
    One of those places you want to come back to try all the dishes. Simple Chinese street fare dishes with a delicious spicy oil. The noodles are here are very tasty.
  • James H.
    James H.January 4, 2020
    Interesting place for simple delicious noodle dishes. The hand cut noodles are made in shop and the meats are perfectly done ask for the amount of spicy you want. Selfserve. Try dumplings and burger.
  • Chris W.heart icon on user image
    Chris WeberJune 13, 2019
    The spicy lamb noodles are a must. I mean a little bit too spicy maybe but still amazingly delicious! Had the dumplings and this great Hitachino Japanese beer.
  • Stephanie M.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie ManwaringMarch 28, 2017
    Never been able to find anything quite like Xi'ans! The N9 (beef noodles) are my go to. Dumplings are also amazing. Pro-tip -- if you are not into spicy just ask to get "mild" or "no spice".
  • Yoni Z.heart icon on user image
    Yoni ZloczewskiAugust 25, 2015
    Great to have in the area - love that they don't water the spice level down for the neighborhood either - I'm looking at you UWS location of HAN dynasty! - I digress - the lamb noodles are legit.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterJanuary 15, 2019
    Happy this N. Chinese hand-pulled chain is part of the UES. Try their Spicy & Tingly Beef Noodle, the Oxtail Noodle & my fave are their Spicy & Sour Spinach Dumplings.
  • Siobhánheart icon on user image
    SiobhánNovember 18, 2018
    As always, a fine Xi'an experience with lamb noodles and the lamb burger. I get it with the hawberry tea though be warned that you may want milk instead for how spicy it is.
  • Jessie C.heart icon on user image
    Jessie CatanaSeptember 18, 2015
    Get the spicy & sour lamb dumplings. They're perfect. Also, don't miss the spicy cumin lamb noodles and douse it in black vinegar sauce. It's a party in your mouth
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MNovember 28, 2015
    The dumplings are amazing. Don't forget to ask for not so spicy it get without broth if you're not ready for serious heat.
  • Jessie C.heart icon on user image
    Jessie CatanaSeptember 29, 2015
    Can't get enough of the lamb dumplings doused in the house black vinegar. I have dreams of those dumplings.
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornFebruary 1, 2015
    Hearty and delicious noodles, burger was a bit dry, noodle soup was great. If u are offended by the service, dnt go to china.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 11, 2015
    Score a baguette from nearby Orwasher's and fill it with Xi'an's cumin lamb for the best sandwich on the UES.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 10, 2015
    Score a baguette from nearby Orwashers and fill it with Xi'ans cumin lamb for the best sandwich on the UES.
  • सिद्धार्थheart icon on user image
    सिद्धार्थFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Incredibly tasty food. Eating on the spot highly recommended; do not get it to go (see attached picture)
  • Svetlana K.heart icon on user image
    Actually I’m fond of Chinese but this can be better. Are lamb burger & lamb dumplings. Dumplings were great!
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuAugust 15, 2018
    Pretty good for fast food. Pulled noodles of lamb and of pork had lots of flavor/cumin. Noodles were nice and chewy; meat was sparse but the lamb was good. Pork was off to me. 3.5/5
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJune 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy cumin lamb noodles (N1) and a can of Apple Sidra. Done.
  • Brad K.heart icon on user image
    Brad KleinMarch 14, 2016
    Lamb dumps were fun as many advised. Also got Rice cake w Honey which was alright, tho the sweet + salty mix w lamb was good
  • Sapana K.heart icon on user image
    Sapana KulkarniAugust 5, 2015
    The cumin lamb noodles and dumplings are the best. I love adding the black vinegar on top, too.
  • Marina A.
    Marina AddamsFebruary 1, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Regularly spicy is the way to go! Extra spicy can overwhelm the other flavors
  • Ed L.heart icon on user image
    Ed LipkinsDecember 23, 2016
    The lamb dumplings were awesome! That and the cucumber salad might be future go-to
  • Samiha K.heart icon on user image
    Samiha KhanAugust 15, 2015
    Can't go wrong with the spicy cumin lamb noodles and chrysanthemum tea!
  • Stephane W.heart icon on user image
    Stephane WenricMarch 25, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The cumin lamb noodles are to die for
  • Clara E.heart icon on user image
    Clara EloyDecember 15, 2023
    Only had the dumplings, good but not amazing, the oily sauce is a bit much
    Upvoted Dec 15, 2023
  • Andie S.heart icon on user image
    Andie SleemanDecember 14, 2016
    Delicious!! Go when they open to avoid a wait or go at an odd time.
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeMarch 18, 2017
    The chicken noodle is an amazing dish when the weather outside is cold
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikAugust 9, 2015
    More seating than some other locations. All the better to enjoy your dumplings.
  • Gabbie C.heart icon on user image
    Gabbie ChamorroJuly 14, 2017
    Must get the lamb dumpling soup. Unbelievably tasty.
  • Ross H.heart icon on user image
    Ross HoneyFebruary 5, 2017
    Delicious noodles. Eat in if you aren't a few minutes walk away.
  • Gi E.heart icon on user image
    Gi EdgingtonAugust 2, 2015
    Delicious food! Very happy to have them on the UES!
  • Meghan M.heart icon on user image
    Meghan McGeeFebruary 1, 2017
    Been here many times. Always takeout. Flavourful food. Quick service.
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    JTMarch 18, 2017
    Good if you like spicy stuff. The noodles are handpulled! Beef was super tender
  • Jean S.heart icon on user image
    Jean SantosJanuary 3, 2015
    cumin lamb soup is amazing. Lamb dumplings too!
  • सिद्धार्थheart icon on user image
    सिद्धार्थFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Cumin lamb burger is awesome. So is the sour hawberry tea.
  • सिद्धार्थheart icon on user image
    सिद्धार्थDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Just opened two weeks ago. So empty and nice unlike the midtown locations.
  • Cheyenne P.heart icon on user image
    Cheyenne PaydarMarch 9, 2016
    Cumin lamb burger and spicy cumin lamb noodles are delicious but greasy
  • Topocalypse L.heart icon on user image
    Topocalypse LeeJuly 1, 2016
    Solid authentic Chinese. Would totally eat here every week.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RobertsonJuly 3, 2019
    Love xi’an famous foods. Noodles are great
  • Anu N.heart icon on user image
    Anu NanavatiJanuary 25, 2022
    Great vegetarian options but the dumplings were a bit doughy
  • Mitchell L.heart icon on user image
    Mitchell LivingstonDecember 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth it regardless of the passive-aggressive signs.
  • John H.
    John HarrisonDecember 15, 2018
    A lot of the meat had a good deal of gristle.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CohenJanuary 18, 2015
    High ratio of passive aggressive signs to customers. Almost everywhere you look.
  • Brian M.heart icon on user image
    Brian MooreOctober 11, 2015
    The spicy pan seared noodles are great.
  • Burak M.heart icon on user image
    Burak MJune 6, 2018
    Spicy lamb noodles are excellent
  • Ronald W.heart icon on user image
    Ronald WidhaApril 8, 2016
    Great if you like spicy food. Limited choice for kids.
  • Alice D.heart icon on user image
    Alice DavisJune 22, 2018
    A1 and the dumpling are so good
  • Vanessa Y.
    Vanessa YyMarch 5, 2018
    😻They have the best 涼皮!
  • CJheart icon on user image
    CJSeptember 18, 2016
    Stick to the spicier options :-)
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