Grab your sun-blocking umbrella, Hello Kitty sunglasses, and a deck of Pokémon cards, and head up to Flushing for a Chinese treat that will leave your taste buds spinning in circles.
Hop off the 7 Train at the last stop, head South on Main Street, then pass 41st Ave before hanging a right on 41st Road. Yes, 41st Ave is right next to 41st Road. And yes, I do denounce this crafty attempt at deceit. The Flushing city planner obviously gave Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” a thorough read. The address itself, 41-28 Main St, says it all. Good luck picking the right door to enter.
Walking into Xi’an Famous Foods is like beginning a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Just replace the Dragons with Chinese Noodle dishes and Lamb Burgers with a hint of Middle Eastern flavor. Yes, that means you’re still in a Dungeon.
Not quite your state-of-the-art, big box Westfield shopping center, and not so properly named, Golden Shopping Mall is home to some of Flushing’s best Asian food station’s, including Xi’an Famous Foods. The mall is a maze of amazing, cheap, and unique food court-style restaurants.
Xi’an is a famous city and the first capital of China, hence the name. It is also known as a resting place for the famous terra cotta soldiers and a starting point of the Silk Road. Doesn’t take a Pikachu card or a Terracotta army to realize swapping this gem for your neighborhood Chinamerican hole is a good trade.
An order of Liang Pi “Cold Skin” Noodles, Savory Cumin Lamb Burger, Stewed Pork Burger, Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles, and the Spicy & Tingly Beef Hand-Ripped Noodles are all worth a try; especially at a total cost of about $28. Consider yourself warned – “Cold Skin” noodles are hot, yet another act of deceit.
The lamb and pork burgers are arguably the best $2.50-$3.00 I’ve ever spent, and undoubtedly the best value you can get for the money. Flushing’s Main Street isn’t exactly Memory Lane, so write down this order: A1, B1, B2, N1, N2.
Xi’an Famous Foods, you’ve sunk my battleship.
Flushing – 41-28 Main St
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