Spicy & Sour Lamb Dumplings at Biang!

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Chinese food on the Upper West Side is getting better and better, and it's all about the empire-building. First Sichuan favorite Legend expanded uptown, then RedFarm opened a second location. Now Xi'an Famous Foods is on the verge of opening up on Broadway between 101st and 102nd, an expansion they've been working on for some time now. Assuming all goes well with a DOH inspection, the planned opening date is December 7th.

In addition to the standard menu of noodles, pancakes, and spicy lamb face salad, the 17-seat restaurant will also sell spicy lamb dumplings, some of our favorite in the city. For the grand opening they'll be serving free food to newcomers.

If you're keeping count, this will be the fourth current XFF restaurant in Manhattan (the original Manhattan outpost, a shoebox off East Broadway, closed). There are also locations in Greenpoint and of course Flushing, including flagship restaurant Biang!. As for what's next on the horizon, would a JFK branch a la Shake Shack be too much to hope for?

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