Xai Xai

(Now Closed)
Wine Bar, African Restaurant, and Bar · Hell's Kitchen
365 W 51st St (btwn 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY 10019, United States
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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69 Tips

  • Seong Hyun H.

    I was told that South African cuisine is served but there are also lots of Italian menu options. From the appetizers, I really liked the octopus on bread.

    Seong Hyun Hwang · August 2, 2015
  • Chrissy N.

    Amazing wine, great food list (the lamb chops were to die for), but watch the price! Haha you can walk away shell shocked

    Chrissy Nickel · June 21, 2015
  • Venkatesh K.

    http://freshnyc.com/african/xai-xai-wine-bar-best-south-africa-hells-kitchen superb wine bar

    Venkatesh KondamSetty · May 5, 2015
  • Jessica P.

    Awesome intimate restaurant with great wine selection

    Jessica P · February 8, 2015
  • L E.

    The octopus starter was an oral delight (& who doesn't like that?)!

    L Erskine · January 21, 2015
  • Mark D.

    Avocado lobster salad.

    Mark Dorison · December 7, 2014
  • Spencer B.

    Wine, dates

    Spencer Bement · November 25, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    South African cuisine and excellent wine bar

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · October 30, 2014
  • Dave H.

    Love the staff! Introduce yourself and make yourself at home.Keep your shoes off the table, though.

    Dave Hong · September 26, 2014
  • Rita G.

    Great place for a glass of wine with a good friend or on a date.

    Rita Garcia · September 11, 2014
  • Village Voice

    The pinotages are of the most interest, with an inauspicious start, big in the middle, then trailing off into pleasant spiciness. Read more

    Village Voice · August 15, 2014
  • Dave H.

    The Durban mango mousse is light yet intense, a refreshing treat.

    Dave Hong · August 2, 2014
  • Alicja P.

    $1 oysters are delish but make sure you get 'em before 7!

    Alicja P. · June 27, 2014
  • Monica

    $1 oysters before 7. Mmmm

    Monica · June 20, 2014
  • Compass

    The South African wine bar offers something for every drinker.

    Compass · May 15, 2014
  • Dave H.

    Romantical, tons of wine, and they take credit cards.

    Dave Hong · May 6, 2014
  • David N.

    Seems to have no idea about wine at all. Asked about a shiraz and he said it's fruity. That's all. Sigh.

    David Nash · March 11, 2014
  • Aashna S.

    Cute place. But, have never really found a wine that I love.

    Aashna S · February 27, 2014
  • Elaine C.

    Got a bottle of wine ($50), 5 tapas for 4 ppl & they said that 5 tapas is min for 2 ppl. Really?? Once we asked to speak to the manager they backed off, but felt like they were trying to rip us off.

    Elaine Chiu · October 26, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    South African restaurant and wine bar with surprisingly affordable food from the many ethnicities that influenced the country's cuisine.

    Serious Eats · October 15, 2013
  • Thaniya K.

    Lovely Mozambique tapas style resto

    Thaniya Keereepart · October 9, 2013
  • Sanjyot

    Really delicious good. One of a kind. A gem in the city. Service is frustrating!

    Sanjyot · October 3, 2013
  • Patrick K.

    The Bon Cap Cabernet and the Gorgonzola stuffed dates are excellent. Definitely good choices.

    Patrick Kanaley · September 25, 2013
  • Natalia L.

    The wine is good but the service is terrible. The server was rude and rushed us through our drinks. When we asked for change for our bill he rolled his eyes!

    Natalia Lucak · September 22, 2013
  • 💎 Naz C.

    Avocado & Rock Lobster Salad is my favourite. Also I reccomend you to try Traditional Malva Pudding. It is apricot sponge cake in a bed of Amarula cream. Yummy...

    💎 Naz C 🗽 · August 17, 2013
  • Duane R.

    Reviewers be bitchin', but I've had a pretty exceptional meal! Tuna tartare was perfect, as was grilled eggplant w goat cheese and my carafe of Cab. Also the hostess is beautiful and looks chic.

    Duane Roggendorff · July 27, 2013
  • Kate

    Do not go here. The worst service/experience I have ever had at a restaurant in NYC. Ever!

    Kate · June 20, 2013
  • C L.

    My friend's hair caught fire on the way to the restroom while the owner could do in response is laugh/be rude about it. Be careful!

    C L · June 9, 2013
  • rob d.

    service is horrible and would it kill you to give a real glass for water !

    rob dalto · May 18, 2013
  • Billy B.

    Fantastic after work spot. Great happy hour and appetizers! I mean, bacon-wrapped avocado?! Def need to try the white sangria next time.

    Billy Boulia · May 10, 2013
  • Alana F.

    Well that was a fail. This place truly does have abysmal service.

    Alana F · May 3, 2013
  • Arun N.

    Food wasn't great. Not impressed

    Arun Nandi · April 27, 2013
  • Aisling D.

    Incredible! This is a dance in the aisle type of musical. Absolutely loved it

    Aisling Daly · April 24, 2013
  • Chip K.

    Pretty terrible service. Tonight was our first trip and to add insult to injury, our server added gratuity to the check without telling us. Such a shady move. Save your $$$ and god somewhere else.

    Chip Klose · April 14, 2013
  • Hannah M.

    Hostess acted like we were intruding. Waitress gave us a pen and asked us to circle what we wanted on the menu. Ordered the mussels, 75% were empty. Octopus was fatty and rubbery. Avoid at all costs!!

    Hannah M · March 10, 2013
  • Andrew H.

    Food is terrible...wait staff is horrendous. Except for the woman who seated us. She was exceptional.

    Andrew H. · February 2, 2013
  • Alex A.

    Great service!! Nice Happy Hour margaritas and desserts were wonderful. I Recommend the Malva Pudding

    Alex Angus · January 23, 2013
  • Diana A.

    Come here for the dollar oysters and lamb shank empanadas! Love the sauce that comes with it too

    Diana A · November 17, 2012
  • Noemi J.

    Terrible service. Hostess is a bi&%*

    Noemi Jimenez · November 9, 2012
  • Dino B.

    Coconut sorbet is a must! :)

    Dino Beslic · November 3, 2012
  • Bernardo P.

    Just eat biltong and drink wine

    Bernardo Palomera · September 18, 2012
  • Shin M.

    An amazing happy hour deal - a glass of viognier and a half dozen of perfectly briny, plump oysters for $13, including tax!

    Shin Mitsugi · September 9, 2012
  • brigitte g.

    Quite literally the worst food I've ever had. Fish bad, octopus over-cooked... I'm not sure how they're still open. Wine was ok & ambiance was pleasant. Waitress was forgetful and gave poor service.

    brigitte g · July 24, 2012
  • Michaela T.

    Aside from the $1 oysters, there is no good reason to come here. The little plates are pretty bad, and the waitress is always miserable.

    Michaela T · July 10, 2012
  • Brother B.

    ordered pineapple juice, got guava. ordered pickled veggies, got banana pepper juice drenched veggies. ordered truffle Mac n cheese (vegetarian), got regular Mac n cheese with bacon bits.

    Brother Brad · July 10, 2012
  • Michaela T.

    Don't get the truffle Mac and cheese (Kraft Mac covered in bacon bits and tomato paste), or pickled veggies ( just soaked in bell pepper jars)

    Michaela T · July 10, 2012
  • Rachel L.

    $1 oysters after 10:30pm every night. big ones, too. couple with a crisp south african white still or sparkling. I'm in heaven.

    Rachel Lippman · April 29, 2012
  • Greg B.

    Try the Tapas

    Greg Bodenlos · April 26, 2012
  • Rocky R.

    Don't have the seven sisters merlot...awful. But, in general I love this place

    Rocky Romano · March 24, 2012
  • Roberto H.

    Great service. Definitely a great place to unwind after work.

    Roberto Hannibal · March 19, 2012

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