Xi’an Famous Foods Review
I would use a stronger four-letter word, but for the sake of not embarrassing my family more than I already do with some of the things I write in this blog:
Damn, this place is good.
With five locations within the boroughs, and one sister restaurant called Biang!, it is safe to say that Xi’an Famous Foods is doing quite well. So far I’ve tried their Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles, Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger, Stewed Oxtail Hand-Ripped Noodles, Spicy & Tingly Beef Hand-Ripped Noodles and Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles. Yes, this was all at one sitting between three people, however, we did take leftovers home for dinner.
The Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles were hands down my absolutely favorite. So simple, but the flavors really get to you. The spice layers in your mouth and you want the burning to stop, but somewhere along the time, the logical side of your brain has shut down and bowed to your taste buds and stomach, so you just keep eating it.
Notice how sweaty I am in this picture and how my eyeliner is melting? Yeah…that’s all from the heat of the spicy noodles.
Later that night, Patrick saw me hunched over the kitchen counter and couldn’t figure out what I was doing for such a long time, until he did, and all I heard was, “Are you eating noodles without me?” To which I had to share the rest of the leftovers as he came barreling toward me and took the chopsticks out of my hands.
I’ve been to the one in Chinatown and the ordering process is simple. You enter, look at the menu, order at the counter what you want, sit politely until your number is called and then pick up your order. If you have to go to the bathroom, make sure to close the bathroom door when you are done so that people don’t steal the toilet paper. These are not my words, these are the words of the restaurant.
I’m actually meeting my uncle for lunch there sometime soon, and I know that I will get something new to try, but still get my favorite Spicy Hot Oil Seared Hand-Ripped Noodles because they are just that good. I’m thinking of getting one of the noodle soups to try out if it’s not too hot. And then of course more noodles to take home and eat later on at night. And then maybe some more noodles to eat for breakfast…you know.
Xi’an Famous Foods
67 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
More locations on their website at XianFoods.com.