Xi’an is one of the only NYC chain restaurants that has the ability to boost a neighborhood’s street cred. So you should absolutely take advantage of the location on 78th Street. We like to order the spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles whenever we want to remember what it’s like to feel something (they’re delicious, very spicy, and cost $10). You should do the same.
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The Meatball Shop
The are a bunch of Meatball Shops in the city, and they’re all good for a casual meal. As you probably guessed, you’ll be eating meatballs here.
Nica Trattoria is an old-school (and cash-only) Italian spot on the UES where you’ll probably meet the owner and eat some gnocchi.
DTUT is both a coffee shop and a bar, and you can also make your own s’mores here. If you live on the Upper East Side, it’s a useful place.
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Purple Yam serves Filipino food in a casual space with a nice backyard. Use it for a group dinner in Ditmas Park.
Three Times is a fast-casual Chinese spot on the Lower East Side that serves good pan-fried dumplings.
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Xi’an Famous Foods
The Upper West Side location of Xi’an Famous Foods is an affordable place to eat good, spicy Chinese noodles.
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