Young-gun restaurateur Jason Wang has just about cornered the market for the spice-heavy fare of the ancient, central-Chinese city Xi’an, with his mini empire of Xi’an Famous Foods takeout counters and the original Flushing, Queens, location of this popular sit-down shop named after the sound noodles make as they hit the work surface. Wang relocates that noodle-house operation to this 60-seat East Village dining room formerly home to Wylie Dufresne’s Alder, adorning it with his personal collection of Chinese pottery and panda Pop Art by Singaporean artist William Chua, all brought over from the original location (that space has been retooled as another outpost of Xi’an). The menu likewise carries over, preserving crowd favorites like boiled skewers (tofu skin, beef stomach), small plates (fiddlehead-fern salad, mi pi cold rice noodles) and those signature hand-pulled strands, in varieties ranging from spicy cumin lamb to stewed pork. Taming the heat are traditional desserts, including honey-slathered rice cakes and a sweet fermented-rice egg drop soup.
157 Second Ave
|Cross street:||at 10th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri, Sun 11:30am-4pm, 5-10pm; Sat 11:30am-11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $8|
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DO NOT EAT IN THIS GREEDY CORPORATE CHAIN-XI'AN FAMOUS FOODS! I order a mild noodle soup dish . The cook made a mistake made made it extra spicy. I took one bite and immediately began to violently cough with my nose fluids and tears uncontrollably running down my face! I took the dish back to the Chinese "chief chef" , told him what happened, and asked him to remake the dish without any spice.HE REFUSED TO REMAKE THE DISHING SAYING THAT IT WAS COMPANY POLICY NOT TO DO ONCE THE CUSTOMER ATE ANY OF THE FOOD!!! He said he could SELL me a bottle of water! I told him that I did not order the dish spicy and that he should remake it. HE REFUSED. I asked for my money back.HE REFUSED. He was VERY abusive and hostile towards me. I emailed the company and asked for my $11.40 to be return. They ignored my email!. DO NOT EAT AT THIS ABUSIVE , MONEY HUNGRY, DISRESPECTFUL RESTAURANT. GO TO A CHINESE RESTAURANT WHERE THEY WILL TREAT THEIR CUSTOMERS WITH RESPECT AND REDO A DISH WHEN THEY HAVE SO OBVIOUSLY MADE A MISTAKE!!! They are ONLY polite to Chinese customers. The rest of us are treated with contempt! DO NOT EAT AT ANY XI'AN LOCATION. They are NOT a franchise and are owned by the same greedy owner!!