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Xi'an Famous Foods Opening In Midtown Manhattan

April 22 at 24 W. 45th Street.

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

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    1. re: ipsedixit

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

        1. re: ipsedixit

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

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

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      1. re: Silverjay

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

        1. re: ipsedixit

          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.

          1. re: squid kun

            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.

            1. re: Silverjay

              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.

      2. 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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        1. re: pravit

          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. 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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          1. re: ipsedixit

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

            1. re: Lau

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

              1. re: ipsedixit

                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

                1. re: Lau

                  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.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    haha oh yah? hmm sounds kinda interesting

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      And you expected what?

                      Something that could be eaten without bib in tow?

                        1. re: Lau

                          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.

                          1. re: Lau

                            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.

                            1. re: Silverjay

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

                      1. re: Lau

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

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

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                  1. re: didactic katydid

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: tbone

                        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.

                        1. re: coasts

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

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            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

                            1. re: Lau

                              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.

                              1. re: Silverjay

                                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

                                1. re: Lau

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Silverjay

                                    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

                                    1. re: Lau

                                      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.

                      2. 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.


                        1. 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...?