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Dec 11, 2009 03:58 PM

Xi'an Famous Foods Opens Up Chinatown Branch A Week From Saturday

Who'd expect this kind of regional cuisine in Chinatown?

Saturday, December 19, 2009
10:00am - 9:00pm
88 East Broadway #106
New York, NY

Weather permitting.

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    1. The Flushing branch has pretty good liang pi and fantastic beef noodle soup (a perfect winter food). I'm thrilled that I'll be able to get these closer to home. Thanks for the heads up!

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      1. re: cimui

        Have you tried the handmade noodles with cumin lamb? Is the soup kind better?

        1. re: kathryn

          Hey Kathryn, I haven't tried the handmade noodles with cumin lamb, but I know my SO really loves it. Our system wrt the noodle soup is that I get to drink most of the soup and eat half of the beef, while he gets the noodles and the other half of the beef. (It's the whole wheat intolerance thing...) I do really love the beef noodle soup for the fantastic, no-shortcuts-taken broth. It's rich, fragrant and delicious. I'm pretty sure it cures colds, too. :)

          1. re: kathryn

            Kathryn, meant to report back: The soup kind is not better, it's just different. I love the handmade noodles with cumin lamb -- probably even better than I like the liang pi, though maybe that has to do with the current season.

            Have you tried the Chan-an spicy tofu or the pig's blood salad? They look very interesting, but I keep getting distracted from trying it by all the other stuff on the menu.

            Also, does anyone know whether *all* of the noodles sold at Xi'an are rice-based? I'm not sure I trust myself to be able to tell by looking.

            1. re: cimui

              I must also confess that I currently like the handmade noodles with lamb more than the liang pi, but it might also be because I'm burned out on the liang pi. It's hard for me to really try something new there since I'm so addicted to the lamb burger, liang pi, and handmade noodles. :\

              If you have a question about the ingredients, I'd email and ask. The fellow behind the counter at the Flushing Mall branch is fluent in English and confessed to being their web master (and recognized me from CH), so I'm guessing he's the one who answers email as well!

              1. re: kathryn

                Good advice. I've been afraid to try more than a few bites of the noodle since the color and texture look / taste like they could be a mixture of rice and wheat. (I know liang pi can sometimes be a mix.) Certainly doesn't hurt to e-mail and ask.

                And yes, I definitely know about the rut. I've been in one, too, and it's hard to get out when you have to travel a long way to eat there. Now that it's closer and a more frequent indulgence, I plan/hope to branch out!

                1. re: kathryn

                  I emailed Xi'an as you suggested and received a reply within 12 hours, which I thought was pretty impressive. Unfortunately, both the liang pi and noodles contain wheat. The fellow who replied did list a number of dishes that don't include it, though:

                  - Tiger Vegetables Salad (E1)
                  - Pig Blood Pudding with Garlic (E2)
                  - Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face Salad (E3)
                  - Chang'an Spicy Tofu (E4)
                  - Stewed Lamb Spine (F2)
                  - Cumin Lamb Plate (F3)
                  - All of our Lamb Soups(C1, C2, C3), except for Pao Mo Soup (item C4)

                  Looks like there will be a lot more lamb face salad in my future. :)

          2. Here's a mention from a few days ago, with web site link and some talk about the Queens locations ...

            1. Free burgers for registered patrons on opening day. They're taking this seriously--you have to show matching picture ID to pick up your treat.

              1. I will be visiting this address frequently. I have been hooked on the Liang Pi and burgers. There is so much more to try.

                I suspect that the opening may be delayed by Health Dept. approval. Various stalls in Flushing seem to receive close scrutiny.

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                1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

                  If you get a chance, you must try the noodles with lamb. It's basically the noodles of the liang pi plus the lamb from the lamb burgers rolled up into one. Perfect for a cold winter day -- though the beef noodle soup that cimui describes sounds awfully good as well.