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Xi'an Famous Foods Opening In Midtown Manhattan

Chandavkl Apr 2, 2013 08:01 AM

April 22 at 24 W. 45th Street.

  1. ipsedixit Apr 2, 2013 08:12 AM

    Darn, I'll be gone two days before their grand opening.

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      Chandavkl Apr 2, 2013 09:13 AM

      Yeah, they usually have freebies when they open a new branch.

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        ipsedixit Apr 2, 2013 10:02 AM

        I know. I know. Sigh.

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          polldeldiablo Apr 3, 2013 01:21 PM

          I'll eat your portion for you then tixidesp*.

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            ipsedixit Apr 3, 2013 02:34 PM

            For wont of an " i " ...

    2. Silverjay Apr 2, 2013 08:16 AM

      ...between 5th and 6th ave....Great news!

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        ipsedixit Apr 2, 2013 08:22 AM

        Right next to the Harvard Club from what I can tell.

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          squid kun Apr 27, 2013 11:13 PM

          Jason doesn't miss a trick. Angling for outside catering gigs at the Harvard Club - genius! (Kidding, guys.)

          Dropped by for a bite a couple nights ago. Tiger salad is as lively and refreshing as downtown. I got it to go, but there's actually a small seating area in back.

          The Midtown Lunchers are all over this, and why not? There's nothing else like it in the nabe. I expect I'll be a regular, shlepping liang pi and lamb burgers back to my office five blocks north.

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            Silverjay Apr 28, 2013 06:31 AM

            I go to sleep these nights counting spicy and sour lamb dumplings. Love 'em. These were on the Biang! menu and have moved to XFF. Give them a try.

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              Silverjay Apr 28, 2013 06:48 AM

              Btw, slightly off topic, but when I was in Tokyo last December I spotted a Xi'an noodle joint with a very similar menu to XFF. It looked like the branch of a chain actually. I'm going to investigate a little further next time.

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        pravit Apr 4, 2013 03:23 PM

        Here's hoping they will do Seamless at their midtown location; I'd gladly put up with the ring of fire to eat their food for lunch at work!

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          Pan Apr 28, 2013 01:15 AM

          I don't believe they deliver from anywhere. I know there's neither delivery nor phone call pickup orders at the St. Marks location.

        2. ipsedixit May 1, 2013 08:15 AM

          Tried it last night.

          Pork noodles and liang pi mung bean noodle salad for dinner, lamb burger to-go, had it this morning for breakfast. Like pizza, almost better cold.

          May displace my fallback option of Totto Ramen in Midtown for comfort food.

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            Lau May 3, 2013 07:52 AM

            yah its pretty tasty, i really like the lamb burger and lamb face salad

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              ipsedixit May 3, 2013 08:26 AM

              I'm regretting not getting some oxtail. Maybe next trip.

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                Lau May 3, 2013 08:45 AM

                yah thats actually one of the few things i havent tried there...ive been eating there for a while, but i decided to finally start documenting it, so im trying most of the menu again and ill report back as i really got set in my ways and ordered the same 2-3 things for a long time

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                  Silverjay May 3, 2013 08:48 AM

                  I did the oxtail once. It was good, but pretty messy. They gave me a pair of plastic prep gloves to hunker down and eat it.

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                    Lau May 3, 2013 09:17 AM

                    haha oh yah? hmm sounds kinda interesting

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                      ipsedixit May 3, 2013 09:26 AM

                      And you expected what?

                      Something that could be eaten without bib in tow?

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                        Lau May 3, 2013 09:29 AM

                        they dont really look that messy
                        http://www.xianfoods.com/menu.php

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                          ipsedixit May 3, 2013 09:33 AM

                          It's how you eat them.

                          To fully experience the gelatinous glory of oxtails you really need all 10 digits. Chopsticks alone just will not suffice.

                          And don't forget all that sucking, slurping and gnawing.

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                            Silverjay May 3, 2013 09:36 AM

                            I've made similar oxtail dishes (see attached). They are pretty messy to eat. The gloves was a nice, thoughtful touch. Their version was tougher than the ones I've made myself.

                             
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                              Lau May 3, 2013 10:15 AM

                              ahh looks good...i pretty love all things oxtail

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                        Pan May 3, 2013 06:42 PM

                        I've had it at the St Marks location. It's messy and a bit salty but quite nice. Big portion.

                2. didactic katydid May 3, 2013 07:48 AM

                  The Xi'an location in Chinatown (under the Manhattan bridge) seems to have closed! What happened?

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                    Lau May 3, 2013 07:52 AM

                    it did close, but the one on bayard is still open

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                      Chandavkl May 3, 2013 03:52 PM

                      Supposedly lease/rent issues.

                    2. tbone May 4, 2013 12:40 PM

                      I ate at this new location last week and, was really dissapointed!! Although I really enjoy the food at their St. Marks location, the 45th Street location's food was just not up to par!! (N1) Less lamb and, the noodle texture was not great. Somewhat waterlogged. The overall flavor was just not as strong and as flavorfull. (F1) Spicy tofu was not spicy. I really hope they get their act together!!!!

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                        coasts May 5, 2013 07:17 AM

                        i've been twice and haven't noticed any difference from the downtown locations. i had the spicy tofu on bayard and didn't find it spicy there either.

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                          Chandavkl May 15, 2013 08:31 PM

                          I thought they had a central processing facility in Brooklyn, so you would expect uniformity. No guarantees, though.

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                            Lau May 16, 2013 04:24 AM

                            i thought they did too although i will say ive noticed some amount of decline in quality at the bayard one from the original standard, still quite good, but not as good as the original...need to go back a few more times

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                              Silverjay May 16, 2013 09:24 AM

                              There is probably a law of diminishing returns with regards to quality the more branches you open. But anyway, I hope they are at least making the noodles at each shop... I've been to the commissary outlet in Brooklyn a few times now and the food there has been good.

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                                Lau May 16, 2013 09:36 AM

                                yah its to be expected, but i noticed it last time a little more like the lamb faced salad which i previously really liked i thought was kind of mediocre

                                although the lamb burger was exactly the same as always

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                                  Silverjay May 16, 2013 09:50 AM

                                  I haven't gotten the lamb face salad in awhile. What was the issue? In the past I noticed that you sometimes just get different types of face bits or whatever. So it seemed kind of random as to whether it was good or not depending on how much cartilage or whatever you got. A sort of ymmv factor...My biggest concern is if the noodles are fucked up cause basically in my mind, it's primarily a noodle shop. Jason's got a sign up at the shops now stating that the noodles should be eaten as soon as possible as they are not as good when they get home. My obvious qualm about that is that there isn't much room at these places to eat....I've definitely had varying amounts of lamb or pork meat topping when ordered some dishes, but sometimes more than usual. So I just consider that another ymmv factor.

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                                    Lau May 16, 2013 09:57 AM

                                    well the face meat had bones in it, which was kind of annoying but not the end of the world and the meat was still good. the real issue was the sauce was alot more oily than it used to be and more bland.

                                    i actually found a similar problem in the liang pi as well bc its almost the same sauce although this was on a different visit and was not as pronounced as when i had the lamb face salad

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                                      Pan May 17, 2013 02:21 AM

                                      I got the spicy lamb noodles and hot spicy liang pi noodles today. Some of the noodles had clumped together, but that didn't bother me much. However, the liang pi noodles were overly salty. That bothered me.

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                        BuildingMyBento May 6, 2013 02:48 PM

                        The 老虎菜 ("tiger" salad) and mutton sandwiches are decent, a welcome change from the saccharine dishes at the usual Chinese take-out places, but if they started selling walnut dumplings (something I only found in Xi'an), then I'd hit 'em up again.

                        BuildingMyBento
                        http://collaterallettuce.com/

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                          harris65 May 29, 2013 09:53 AM

                          They warn you in big, bold FONT that takeout won't taste the same ESPECIALLY the noodles AND THEY ARE RIGHT!!

                          Four block walk and the lamb noodles had turned (returned?) to a single doughy (yummy) mass sorta like Korean rice cakes! Had to eat it like lasagna with a knife n fork!

                          The space is sooo tiny though. I dunno...next time in soup...?

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