If you had any questions about whether Xi'an Famous Foods is the Shake Shack of New York's Chinese food scene, let this remove all doubt: the company sends word that they just signed a lease on the Upper East Side at 328 East 78th Street and aims to open for business this summer. That will make five extant restaurants in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and one in Queens, plus Flushing flagship Biang!.
Company president Jason Wang notes it's not the only new store opening we can expect this year. Neighborhoods on the Xi'an Famous Foods wishlist include Williamsburg, the Financial District, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen. "We listen to where our fans want us to go," he says, while noting that "it becomes easier to open with every new location." (It was only months ago the company announced the opening of its Upper West Side location.)
In late February or early March, Xi'an's East Village location will close for renovations to give the kitchen a makeover and expand seating in the dining area. Wang hopes the store will reopen "three to four weeks" after renovations begin.