Food in Xi'an
The city of Xi’an, situated in the northwestern region of China, has long been known as the first capital of China and the resting place of the famous terra cotta soldiers. As the starting point of the Silk Road, however, the city also boasts a unique cuisine that combines Chinese and Middle Eastern flavors. Heavy in cumin, chili, Sichuan peppercorns, and other spices, local specialties range from famous hand-ripped "biang biang" noodles, seared in hot oil, to lamb “burgers” with a jalapeño kick. Not for the faint of heart, but famous for a reason.
History of Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi’an Famous Foods began as a 200 square foot basement stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y. The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an to the United States, with signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. Since then, we’ve expanded to multiple locations in New York’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens boroughs. As a family-owned business, we hope to reintroduce the world to the unique cuisine of our hometown: liangpi “cold skin” noodles, lamb pao mo soup, and wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, all in its most authentic form.
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Midtown 34th St.
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We do not deliver or take orders by phone at this time, but *sometimes* take orders over $200 in advance. Please see Menu page for details.
We do not currently have any peanuts/nuts products in our food! Sesame seeds and oil are prevalent, though.
No reservations accepted.
We do not franchise, and do not plan to do so in the near future.
We are not interested in any form of paid advertising campaigns.
We will not be able to share our recipes for any of our products, as it is our livelihood.
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