Xi'an Famous Foods

Restaurants, Chinese Midtown West
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Food & Drink Award winner Jason Wang expands his Chinese chainlet to midtown, with this 18-seat outpost. Like its sister locations, this fifth branch showcases the mouth-tingling cuisine of Xi'an—once the starting point of the Silk Road—with a short menu of hand-pulled noodles and cumin-spiced lamb burgers. Chow down at a wooden counter in the back as a hi-def TV plays clips of Wang and his father stretching noodles.


Venue name: Xi'an Famous Foods
Address: 24 W 45th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Daily 11am–9pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average dish: $7. Cash only
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4.3 / 5

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The ultimate hole-in-the-wall, watch-while-you-wait local. The queue still snaked the length of the bar in the 30 minutes before close but joining the end of it gives you the perfect view of your dish coming together, from the pulling and slapping of the belt noodles to the swilling of the homemade secret chilli sauce in the little individually portioned pans - it all works up the perfectly appetite. Spicy cumin lamb felt like the obvious choice here and if I hadn't needed to take jasmine tea breaks to put out the satisfying fire in my mouth then I wouldn't have stopped eating once I'd started.


There's a big reason Anthony Bourdain vouches for this place. Tasty hand pulled noodles with just the right chew in a hurts so good chili oil sauce. I'm alway gamey for their lamb that adds just the right amount of flavor to complement the noodles and chili oil. And to put out that fire in your mouth, get the sweet glutinous rice cake with honey.

I normally try to stay away from ordering lunch, but this place was totally perfect for the dreary, rainy Monday when I really needed a pick-me-up. This place is one of the better cheap, fast food options near Times Square. You can't go wrong with fresh-pulled noodles, which are thick, wide and chewy. I ordered the PORK “ZHA JIANG” HAND-RIPPED NOODLES, which were hot and a little spicy and truly satisfying. I almost couldn't finish the whole plate, almost. Will definitely be going back for more lunches. The service is very fast, so it makes it easy to grab a quick yet delicious meal. You'll definitely get more bang for your buck than from other places nearby.

This place often pops up on 'Best of' lists for New York, and for good reason. Although it looks like nothing, the food is insanely delicious, and insanely cheap. It's satisfying for lunch, dinner, hungover, drunk or sober (ESPECIALLY good hungover). I always get the Lamb noodles and never leave anything behind. Go now!

I frequent this spot and the Greenpoint location, both are consistently delicious. I'd never had a "hand-pulled" noodle before going to Xi'an but man are they to die for. I also love the iced jasmine green tea, which is super subtly sweet. The one thing is that everyone seems to go nuts for the lamb cumin "burger", and I thought it was dry and nothing special. Any of the noodles or noodle soups I've had are always great though. To top it off every dish is under $10, it is always fresh and you get a lot of food!

This menu is a one-way ticket to flavor country, and the spicy cumin lamb noodles are perfect on a cold day (or if you're fighting a cold). Just try not to splash the oily broth on your shirt--those noodles are floppy.