You're unlikely to find a tastier, more satisfying batch of noodles than those served at Xi-an Famous Foods. I was dumbstruck when I took my first bite of their "Savory Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles." I didn't think something could be this delicious. These are giant, flat, ragged, hand torn noodles that you might not associate with Chinese cuisine, but alas, China is a big place. Xi'an presents food from Shaanxi province in northwestern China. Their noodles are spicier, heartier and more delicious than any I've ever had.
Apparently Shaanxi has two types of weather: bloody hot and numbing cold. I can envision tucking into a plate of these noodles in the winter. Mixed in were healthy portions of spring onion, sprouts and spicy shredded lamb that made my eyes water and nose run. This is not a light meal - it made me immediately sleepy and kept me full until I went to bed - I didn't even consider dinner.
81 St. Marks Pl
(and other locations in Chinatown and Flushing)