Cheap Eats: Xi’an Famous Foods

Xi’An Famous Foods

Big flavor. Small bill.

When I’m broke from all my eating out and my paycheck hasn’t come, I can always count on Xi’an Famous Foods to satisfy my craving for hearty, flavorful noodles without breaking the bank. Everything is under $10 and the portions are generous. All you need to do is walk to one.


But, if you’re in Midtown be wary as usually around lunchtime, lines can be out the door, especially at smaller locations like the one on 45th street. But, walk to a newer, larger location like the one on 34th, and you shouldn’t wait longer than 10 minutes for your food.

When you enter the restaurant, you are immediately presented with a warning. It reads:

Food tastes best when fresh from the kitchen. When hot noodles cool down, they get bloated, mushy, and oily. If you must take your noodles to go, please at least try the noodles in the store or right out of the to-go containers when it’s handed to you, so you can get the best possible Xi’an Famous Foods experience.

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I don’t know about you, but they sound like they know what they’re talking about. I never have ordered takeout from Xi’an, but from experience (and from looking at the beautiful photos of their “Stewed Pork Hand-Ripped Noodles” above), it’s probably best to eat in the restaurant.

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