Looking for a delicious, cheap meal? Try Xi’an Famous Foods in NYC.
As a recent college graduate, I’m constantly on the lookout for food that’s cheap, delicious, and filling—a rare find in a city where a bagel with cream cheese can cost upwards of $7. 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 an NYC 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.
|Xi’an was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations|
The texture of Xi’an’s food is phenomenal. The cold noodles are both soft yet have an al dente bite to them, excellently slurping up the sauce while still maintaining the consistency of a freshly made rice noodle. The bits of seitan in various dishes are a tad chewy, and foreign to those who have never had such a substance, but act as a tough sponge to absorb even more of the fragrant sauces and balance out the starchiness of a solid noodle dish. Dishes are garnished with fresh bean sprouts, cucumber shreds, and cilantro, adding another twist of crisp texture and clean flavor to the already aromatic dishes.
Xi’an operates on a no-nonsense basis. Don’t ask for recommendations; their most popular dishes are listed, if you’re curious. Know that dishes taste better if served in-house on a Styrofoam plate
rather than in a take-out container (their opinion, not mine). Beware of excessive spiciness and don’t
complain if your tongue starts burning.
|The Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger –courtesy of Xi’an|