XI’ AN FAMOUS FOODS (24 west 45th street, between 5th and 6th avenue. Midtown West).
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Xi’An Famous Foods is a popular (very) cheap Chinese restaurant. They have several locations in Midtown, East Village, Chinatown and Flushing. Most of the meals cost you no more than $8. Like most popular walk-in places, be prepared for long lines.
It’s self service and there isn’t much seating space. Like at Totto Ramen, they often play Asian Hiphop music which I like but besides that the restaurant hasn’t a lot of ambiance.
I ordered Spicy & Tingly Beef-Hand Ripped Noodles in Soup. It wasn’t the best noodle dish I ever ate and quit spicy too, but a huge portion and definitely good value for money. $7.00-$7.50
Other popular noodle dishes are:
–The Liang Pi cold-skin Noodles. Chewy wheat flour noodles, tossed with vegetables and cubes of spongy gluten, in all our proprietary sauces. $4.50-$4.75
–The Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles. Lamb sautéed with onions, garlic, and scallions in Xi’an Famous Food’s secret spices, mixed with our original hand-ripped wide biangbiang noodles. $7.25-$7.50
Photo credit: xianfamous.com
TABATA (540, 9th avenue between 39th and 40th street. Midtown West/ Hell’s Kitchen). http://www.tabataramen.com
$ Food *** Ambiance ***
This place isn’t as tasty as the neighborhood joints Ippudo or Totto but in my opionion still good value for money.
My favorite dishes:
-Gyoza (appetizer). Seared pork dumplings. $5 per six pieces
-Wasabi Shumai (appetizer). Steamed wasabi pork dumplings. $5 per 4 pieces. The wasabi taste is not that strong as the wasabi taste of the wasabi shumai at Sake Bar Hagi and therefore not that tasty. But still good:)
-Garlic Noodle (main). My favorite dish. A deep fried garlic on salt flavored noodles, roast chicken, scallions. 9
Below the Tantan Men ($10), which is a sesame flavored noodle soup (Mild spiced ground pork with scallions).