This Flushing-based enterprise might not turn so many heads near its home base, but it attracts considerable interest in the Chinese-food-poor Columbia University neighborhood.
Shown below is a weighty container, with pickled vegetables and hot sauce not yet mixed in, of "pork with boiled noodles" ($5), which sidetracked my previous plans for a pasta dinner. (Bolognese? Fra Diavolo? Decision deferred.) I've also noshed on assorted skinny skewers of grilled lamb, beef, pork, and chicken ($1 each). Lamb kidney skewers ($2) have eluded me; before each of my visits, they'd already been polished off by the student masses. The kidneys have since vanished from the menu, which has been pared down but still features liang pi and Xi'an-style pork "burgers."
Northwestern Famous (also known as Uncle Luoyang)
West side of Broadway between 115th and 117th Sts., Manhattan
Noonish till early evening; hours and days highly variable
Also spotted on a Saturday evening on Main St., near the northeast corner with Maple Ave., Flushing, Queens