NYC Quick Chop! Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods - Various locations NYC

When I first arrived in New York City (NYC), I had a sublet located in the East Village just off St. Marks Place. So, on one of my frequent walks around this location, I stumbled across Xi'an Famous Foods, made famous (well to me at least) by none other than Anthony Bourdain... I had to give it a try!

For those who are not aware, Xi'an, is a town in the Shaanxi province of China and its cuisine is heavily focussed on the use of chillies, noodles and lamb. Looking at the menu at Xi'an Famous Foods, this is definitely the case.

On the first of my many visits, I (Mirko) opt for one of the eateries most famous dishes - the Lamb Cumin Burger. The lamb in this dish is moist, tender and well seasoned with cumin and other spices. So addictive and moorish! The 'burger' bun is not your traditional burger bun, and it's hard for me to liken it to anything specific.

B2 (Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger) - $4
On another of my visits, I opt for the Pork Noodles. This dish again, has a nice heat kick to it and the use of thick noodles makes for a really hearty dish. I liken these noodles to papardelle (in size - even thicker). This is one of my favourite dishes and I always go back for it.

N9 (Pork "Zha Jiang" Hand Ripped Noodles) - $6.75 - $7.75
Again, on another visit, I order the Pork Burger. This is shredded stewed pork in the same burger bun as noted above. Comparatively, this is much more subdued in flavour, but is a lot more oily. Whilst I didn't mind the subtle flavour of this item, if the two burgers were placed in front of me, the Spicy Cumin Lamb would be the winner.  

B1 (Stewed Pork Burger) - $4
Word of warning: A number of the noodle dishes at Xi'an are very oily, so if this is something that you are not fond of, I would stay away from the noodles and move towards the burger or some of their other dishes. In terms of spice, a number of dishes can be ordered with differing spice levels. The staff will always ask what level of spice is required, and there is a chart which explains the level of spice (from mild to extra spicy). I typically opt for the spicy which about 75% of patrons also opt for. 

Xi'an Famous Foods is a cheap and quick option for some good Chinese cuisine. Every time I finish work late I am fortunate to have a shop on my street, so it's always a stop for some noodles or a burger...or both! 


Xi'an Famous Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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