I’d just like to get this right out of the way and say that black magic works. I’ve dabbled in the dark arts and after all of the proper blood rites have been performed and incantations memorized, I’ve gotten exactly what I wanted.
Xi’an Famous Foods has opened a location closer to me than their East Village spot. Their new location in Greenpoint (86 Beadel St) is a ten minute walk from my house, and I’d personally like to thank the Dark Lord Clothos for making this possible.
For those of you not familiar with Xi’an in all its spicy glory, allow us to show you the way. Originally from Flushing, with two outposts in Manhattan, Xi’an Famous Foods has consistently been credited with helping the resurgence of traditional Chinese food here in New York. Specializing in traditional Western Chinese cuisine, Xi’an represents conventional Americanized Chinese food in much the same way the croissanwich represents French food. A very different beast indeed.
We knew we wanted healthy, but did we want want savory or sweet for breakfast? Oh, our first world problems! EAT is now serving breakfast, so Jon and I moseyed on over like the little old couple we are.
I’d been seeing the transformations of the interiors and the gorgeous new ceramic collection growing each week when I picked up my veggies from the CSA , but I hadn’t dined there in a while. Last time was with Joann and it was hard for us to gossip like hens because there was no music. I remember it feeling a bit stark with big empty walls and my loud Queens accent does not need an echo.
The first thing I noticed when we walked in was the old country tunes coming from the record player. Relief. Then the cozy new wooden benches, great artwork and the lovely drying herbs hanging all gave the place a cozy rustic feel.
The chalk board listed our breakfast options and while I was eyeing the French Toast with Maple Syrup and Whipped Cream, I decided to go savory with a Fried Egg, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Rabe.
Jon also went savory with Stewed Pinto Beans, Cole Slaw (without the egg) over Polenta. Both were served with delicious tangy biscuits. Our friendly server Brandt had made them and told us he added some yogurt.
Jon got rejuvenating Nettle Tea, that was twiggy tasting in a good way. My coffee as Justine would say was “slammin'” served out of a ceramic mug that Jordon had made.
It was a great breakfast, something I might make at home. The egg was perfectly fried, the polenta was deliciously creamy and the portions were perfect. We left feeling like we ate a hearty but very wholesome meal. We will definitely be back, next time for the sweet and to buy some new bowls! I break everything…