Our heart leapt the other day to hear that Xi'an Famous Foods is planning a sit-down restaurant, and today we got manager Jason Wang on the horn for details. Wang (whose dad started the original Xi'an takeout shop in Flushing) tells us he's hoping for an opening mid-next month. The space, which has 40 seats inside and another 30 to 40 outdoors, sits right at the heart of Main Street in Flushing, which should attract the locals in that neighborhood and gastro-tourists who don't mind the schlep. The project is currently unnamed, and Wang demurred to share too many details about the menu. We did squeeze out of him that the lineup will focus on noodles two to three different kinds of hand-pulled wheat strands, instead of just the one offered at the takeout locations.
The other categories are appetizers, larger plates, and desserts, but sadly no dumplings. "We cant focus on everything," Wang told us. To that end, the menu will be somewhat limited overall: "Its not going to be your usual Chinese restaurant where you have hundreds of items," he explained. However, there will be "some things that nobody in NYC has, not even Xi'an." Stay posted for more.
Xi'an Famous Foods, 41-10 Main St., nr. 41st Ave., Flushing