City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington

Xi’an Famous Foods

The go-to spot for authentic, hand-pulled Chinese noodles in New York is inarguably Xi'an Famous Foods.

Starting in the basement of a Flushing, Queens mall, Xi’an has grown their brand into a mini chain, with nearly a dozen locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. But no matter which outpost you’re eating in, each space still ensures the authenticity of their Northern Chinese fare by hand pulling all of the noodles in-house and closely guarding the family’s secret spice recipes.

Make sure to pair their spicy cumin lamb (equally delicious either with the hand ripped noodles or in their burger) with a tiger salad; the key to cooling some of that chili oil is with the refreshing, crisp greens. Though cramped, try to find a seat, or stand if you have to, because they’ll be the first to say that the best way to experience their food is fresh from the kitchen—even 15 minutes will change the texture and flavor as the noodles cool.

Must try:
Hand-Pulled Noodles
Cheap Eats / Authentic Chinese
Reservations: None
Hours: Sun-Thu 12 p.m-9:30 p.m.; Fri- Sat 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Location: Multiple locations; East Village
Address: 81 St. Mark's Place
Phone: None
  • Subway / Astor Place
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