Xi'an Famous Foods Brings Spicy and Tingly Lamb Face to East Broadway. Anthony Bourdain Will Rejoice.

Joe DiStefano

Anchored by cavernous dim sum hall 88 Palace, 88 East Broadway -- a collection of small shops and a mall at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge -- has been a destination for the city's adventurous eaters for more than a decade. Now there's another reason to head down to the bustling nabe better known in some circles as the Fung Wah bus stop.

Yesterday, Xi'an Famous Foods--a wildly popular operation that started out in Flushing's Golden Shopping Mall, spawned a satellite in the Flushing mall, and counts Anthony Bourdain among its fans--opened its first Manhattan location at stall #106, next door to what was once Saigon Banh Mi, and across the street from the toxic Kung Fu Bing.

The restaurant's Facebook page says its grand opening takes place this Saturday and prompts fans to RSVP for some free grub, but thanks to a hot tip, Fork in the Road was among its first customers last night. And that's a good thing: So far 78 people have registered for the Facebook event. Click through a look at some of Xi'an Famous Foods' 31 menu items.

Joe DiStefano
Wang Mengdi "Jason" Liang prepping his father's most popular dish: cold skin noodles.

"I'm pretty sure no one else in Chinatown is serving anything like this," Wang Mengdi "Jason" Liang said of the fare at his father's third location. Given the neighborhood's concentration of Fujianese and Cantonese, we have no reason to doubt him.

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