#Newsflash | Chinese-Middle Eastern Fusion! Xi’an Famous Opens Eatery in Flushing (Again)
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Flushing foodies just got another reason to smile.
Xi’an Famous Foods opened a restaurant in the Tangram complex last week. The 1,500-square-foot venue has 30 seats and an open kitchen so patrons can watch as chefs pull the noodles and prepare the food.
The fast-casual specialist serves fusion cuisine that mixes Chinese and Middle Eastern flavors with such spices as cumin, chili, and Sichuan peppercorns. Signature meals include Liang Pi Cold-Skin Noodles, Xi’an-style burgers with house made flatbread stuffed with stewed pork or spicy cumin lamb, and various biang biang hand-ripped noodle dishes.
Xi’an Famous now has four locations in Queens. The others are at 41-10 Main St. in Flushing; 55-01 37th Ave. in Woodside; and 26-19 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City.
The Tangram restaurant is kind of a homecoming, as Xi’an Famous began as a 200-square-foot basement stall in Flushing’s now defunct Golden Shopping Mall in 2005. Thanks in large part to exposure on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and other television programs, the father-and-son owners expanded to nine other NYC locations and produced a cookbook.
“When my father founded this restaurant, he was missing the food of our hometown, Xi’an, and wanted to enjoy and share this unique cuisine with others in Queens and beyond,” stated Xi’an Famous Owner and CEO Jason Wang. “Tangram is an important cultural destination in New York City as a whole and we’re honored to align with their team and our mission of satiating cravings, while promoting unique cuisine and culture.”
Located on 39th Avenue between Prince Street and College Point Boulevard, Tangram is a cavernous joint venture between F&T Group and SCG America that mixes retail, dining, and entertainment with residential living and the four-star Renaissance New York Flushing Hotel. Head there for Flushing’s first beer garden and international eateries such as Beijing-based Ju Qi, Taiwanese dessert bar Meet Fresh, Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot, and Hong Kong-style treats from Cuppa Tea. The same complex has a 4DX Regal Cinemas, an Orangetheory Fitness, and the Goldfish Swim School.
Images: Xi’an Famous