First, thanks to Serious Eats for the shout-outs on their NYC page and Hamburger page for my review of Mikey’s. I got about a gagillion page views as a result, and that’s always nice. A friend encouraged me last week to do more restaurant reviews on my blog, and even though my followers don’t comment very much on those posts, they’re a lot of fun to write. Plus, I was feeling kinda down today, so I went on a mad, crazy romp around town to check out some new stuff. I started off with a trip to the Bronx, but more about that some other time. When I clicked back to Serious Eats to see the links to my blog, I noticed this piece about Dessert Truck opening up a permanent spot on Clinton Street. Yeow!
I was such a huge fan of Dessert Truck, dating back to when they were still on University Place. When they disappeared from Third Avenue forever, I was very unhappy and perplexed. I’m so excited about the new retail spot on Clinton Street. Yeah, they have seats. And I have to say, I think the desserts are even better now. You just can’t beat a real kitchen. This is the warm molten chocolate cake with olive oil ganache and hazelnuts. I’ve had “molten” cakes before, but not like this. It was oozing with chocolate gooeyness inside, and the chocolate was bitter and lightly sweet, just the way I like it. I think I ate this in three bites. Let me know if an apartment opens up on Clinton Street, because I’m gonna need easier access to this new spot.
I also read on Serious Eats about Xi’an from Flushing opening up a Manhattan branch. Yes, the address is 88 East Broadway, but don’t make the same mistake I did and wander around the inside of the shopping mall under the bridge. The storefront is outside on Forsyth Street. Lucky for me I met a cool couple inside the mall also looking for Xi’an, and they were smart enough to ask for help. (I usually just stand there when I’m lost…)
I think the memo got out about Xi’an. The line is long, and the service is slow, but that’s a good thing because every order is prepared with care. Forget about seating, by the way. And I like this photo because there is a guy there looking at me like “you are not taking a photo of me, are you???” Oops, sorry.
A trip to Xi’an would not be complete without trying the “burgers.” I know, they don’t look like burgers, but that’s what they call them. I got the Savory Cumin Lamb. (By the way, after you spend 5 minutes inside Xi’an waiting for your order, you will smell like cumin all day long, trust me.) This thing is a must-try — zesty, aromatic, meaty. I can’t wait to try the pork next time. You shoulda seen the people staring at me while I tried to take a photo of this burger on the street. Yeah, I’m a food dork. P.S. The lamb burger costs $2.50.
My to-go containers turned into something of a disaster as I walked away, and there was no way I was gonna be able to eat the noodle dishes until I got home. So I hurried back and tossed them into some bowls to photograph, I mean eat. This is the Stir-Fried Cold Skin Noodles. Unless I’m losing my mind, it has chunks of bread in it.
And that’s the Mount Qi Pork Hand-Pulled Noodles. I’m in a bit of a noodle haze now… the flavors were good, but it’s really about the noodle texture. This place is for noodle maniacs. If you love spicy, hearty noodle dishes that bite you back, then definitely try Xi’an. It’s famous for good reason.