Xi’an Famous Foods Locks Down Bayard Street with Second Outpost on the Block
Back in the spring of 2011, the Flushing-based Xi’an Famous Foods planted a flag in “Old Chinatown” at 67 Bayard Street. It’s currently deemed the “Original,” despite its former presence in the 88 East Broadway Mall (RIP). Six years later, though, and the block sees another.
Xi’an Famous Foods opened a new location down the street at 47 Bayard a couple weeks ago. The new fast-casual outpost is apparently an effort to alleviate crowding at number 67. “Over the years, the store has gotten busier and it came to a point where that location is just too small to operate,” the official website notes. “We opened this new location to better serve our customers in Chinatown, whether they are locals or they are tourists looking to take in all that Chinatown has to offer.”
Founded in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods is a dominant force boasting nine locations citywide. Its downtown outposts include 81 St. Mark’s Place and 68 Kenmare Street. Owner Jason Wang, who initially helped his father grow the Xi’an business, also expanded sister eatery Biang! The family-style offshoot moved from Flushing to a new space at 157 Second Avenue (formerly Wylie Dufresne’s Alder) in 2015.