Xi’an Famous Foods
New York, New York, United States
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A Selection of the Street Foods of Xi’an, China
Xi’an Famous Foods (西安名吃) is a chain of fast casual restaurants based in New York City that serves authentic Northern Chinese dishes. Xi’an Famous Foods, a family-run business with no outside investors, is currently located in different areas of New York City and serves the cuisine of Xi’an. Since its founding in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods has gained much popularity. It has been featured in many television shows, such as the Cooking Channel’s Food(ography), Kelly Choi’s Eat Out New York, and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. It has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many more. As of 2016, Xi’an Famous Foods has twelve stores that span Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
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7.1 2015 Lunar New Year Festival
7.2 2016 Lunar New Year Festival
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Jason Wang serves as the company’s CEO and president. He and his family come from Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3100 years of history. Born in Xi’an, Wang reminisces about the food that his grandfather cooked when he was young. Once Wang and his family moved to the U.S., the yearning for home flavors inspired Wang and his father to make dishes with his grandfather’s secret sauce recipes. They felt that there were people like themselves who missed the cuisine of their hometown.
Before Xi’an Famous Foods existed, Jason Wang’s father started a bubble tea shop, which sold food on the side, in Flushing, Queens. Meanwhile, Wang was in college at Washington University in St. Louis, but came home during breaks to help his father in the shop. They soon realized that their food sold better than their bubble tea beverages, so in late 2005, they moved their shop to the basement of Flushing’s Golden Shopping Mall and called it Xi’an Famous Foods.
After Wang graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business, he worked in corporate for a short time, but then decided to focus on co-founding his family food business with his father. From that moment, Wang and his father continued expanding their