Dumplings: Xi’an Famous

Date: 1/13/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 67 Bayard Street

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What we ordered: 

  • Spicy & Sour Lamb Dumplings

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $9.79

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 6.75 5.5
Presentation 7.5 6.5
Setting 6.5 6.5
Value 6.5 6.5
Overall 6.75 6

Ryan comments:

There wasn’t enough room inside the restaurant so Ryan stayed outside with Mom while Dad ordered these to go.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): N/A

General Comments:

Xi’an Famous Foods is a small chain with a few restaurants in NYC, focusing on “Western” Chinese food, mostly noodles and dumplings. We visited their location in the heart of Chinatown on Bayard Street.

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It wasn’t a well-timed visit and they were very busy, so we took an order of dumplings to go and ate them right away at Columbus Park which is just a block away. We didn’t even bother to try fitting the stroller inside so Rob came in alone and waited for the food to be ready. Here’s the menu which is posted on the wall. We liked that they have pictures of every dish so that you know just what to expect when you order.

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The Spicy & Sour Lamb Dumplings seemed to be most popular from our research, so that’s what we tried. They were definitely spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. The dumplings were very thick and were quite different from others we’ve tried. Thanks to both their thickness and that they were filled with lamb, these were very hearty.

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The spice hit you quickly and lingered long after, but it wasn’t super powerful. There were both white and black sesame seeds on the dumplings along with cilantro and what seemed to be hot chili paste. They retained their heat quite well, especially since we were eating these outside on a pretty cold night.

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These scored a 6.5 and a 6 overall, same as Joe’s Shanghai, which isn’t super high so the dumplings category can only go up from here…right?

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