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Apr 2, 2013 08:01 AM

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