Monday, July 25, 2011

Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods - Dude Grade B
67 Bayard St, New York 10013
(At Mott St)

After a great day hanging with friends, we decided to hit up chinatown for some asian comfort food. The dudes actually hit up the original xi'an noodles in flushing way back when and it was spectacular. Although this is Chinese food, most people won't recognize it since it uses a ton of cumin, chiles, and lamb. Xi'an has a ton of muslims which is why you see these seasonings - no sweet and sour pork here. Any who, solid food although I believe the original joint was more memorable.

Our Menu

Oxtail Hand Pulled Noodles *
Short fat noodles (think cut up papperdelle) with a great vinegary/spicy thing going on and a nice chewy al denteness. The garlic chives added a nice cruncy and almost sweet flavor. Complaints were you get two incredibly mini oxtails...great flavors, but wish it was more tender.

Savory Cumin Lamb Hand Pulled Noodles **

Same fantastic noodles but less vinegary and more savory with the cumin. the lamb had huge flavor and was extremely flavorful and tender. Great stuff.

Spicy & Tingly Lamb Face Salad**
Similar flavorings to the oxtail noodles - this had a whole spicy, vinegary thing going on. Very bright flavors. It also had tons of crunch and the uber soft, gelatiny face was friggin killer.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (B) – Spicy and savory with big flavors and great textures. Unlike anything you'll get at any other Chinese restaurant.
  • Service (C-) – You order up front from picture menus on the wall. Cashiers are not very friendly, but that's par for the course in Chinatown. After ordering you seat yourself and they drop off your food at a table in the front...pretty damn confusing as multiple groups will go up and check the same order.
  • Atmosphere (C) – Typical chinatown hole in the wall with sterile white tile walls. Tiny joint with 5-6 rickety tables seating probably under 30 people. We got there at 7pm on a Sunday and sat right away. The place was completely full by 7:30 and the good sign was it was all Chinese there.
  • Price (B) - Around 7-8 per plate. A tad pricey for chinatown but totally worth it.
Closing Comments
Definitely highly recommeded and it's our go to place for takeout.

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