by Melissa Kravitz
Walk down Saint Mark’s Place and step in line for the Chinese restaurant that meets all the conditions for a hungry foodie making an hourly wage: Xi’an Famous Foods. Typical for a Manhattan food queue, the crowd is always abuzz with menu suggestions and the air of anxiety that people have whilst fiddling with their cash and waiting to order.
The menu is simple: 16 photos of traditionally prepared Western Chinese food are posted on the wall, and as you step up to order an A1 Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles ($4.50) or a C4 Lamb Pao-Mo Soup ($7), you can dictate the level of spiciness (1-4) you desire. As a girl who can handle her spice (read: a generous dose of Sriracha is added to all my meals) the mild level of spiciness is usually satisfactory. Seriously, beware.
|Xi'an was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations|
|The Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger --courtesy of Xi'an|