Xai Xai

(Now Closed)
Wine Bar, African Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • Duane R.
    Duane RoggendorffJuly 27, 2013
    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.
  • 💎 Naz C.
    💎 Naz C 🗽August 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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...
  • Brother B.
    Brother BradJuly 10, 2012
    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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 15, 2013
    South African restaurant and wine bar with surprisingly affordable food from the many ethnicities that influenced the country's cuisine.
  • Billy B.
    Billy BouliaMay 10, 2013
    Fantastic after work spot. Great happy hour and appetizers! I mean, bacon-wrapped avocado?! Def need to try the white sangria next time.
  • Seong Hyun H.
    Seong Hyun HwangAugust 2, 2015
    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.
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelJune 21, 2015
    Amazing wine, great food list (the lamb chops were to die for), but watch the price! Haha you can walk away shell shocked
  • Shin M.
    Shin MitsugiSeptember 9, 2012
    An amazing happy hour deal - a glass of viognier and a half dozen of perfectly briny, plump oysters for $13, including tax!
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TJuly 10, 2012
    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)
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The pinotages are of the most interest, with an inauspicious start, big in the middle, then trailing off into pleasant spiciness. Read more
  • Alex A.
    Alex AngusJanuary 23, 2013
    Great service!! Nice Happy Hour margaritas and desserts were wonderful. I Recommend the Malva Pudding
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KanaleySeptember 25, 2013
    The Bon Cap Cabernet and the Gorgonzola stuffed dates are excellent. Definitely good choices.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the staff! Introduce yourself and make yourself at home.Keep your shoes off the table, though.
  • Val T.
    Val TJune 9, 2011
    Fantastic wine (South African Chenin Blanc), food (Malva Pudding is a must), service (Elton is amazing) and decor.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ANovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for the dollar oysters and lamb shank empanadas! Love the sauce that comes with it too
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LippmanApril 29, 2012
    $1 oysters after 10:30pm every night. big ones, too. couple with a crisp south african white still or sparkling. I'm in heaven.
  • Sanjyot
    SanjyotOctober 3, 2013
    Really delicious good. One of a kind. A gem in the city. Service is frustrating!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BSeptember 5, 2011
    Try the Diemersfontein Pinotage - to die for! And M'Hudi white - one of few black-owned wineries in SA!
  • David S.
    David SApril 26, 2011
    Great happy hour spot in midtown. $1 oysters from 5-7pm, and their sauce is incredible.
  • Alicja P.
    Alicja P.June 27, 2014
    $1 oysters are delish but make sure you get 'em before 7!
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    The South African wine bar offers something for every drinker.
  • Aisling D.
    Aisling DalyApril 24, 2013
    Incredible! This is a dance in the aisle type of musical. Absolutely loved it
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PFebruary 8, 2015
    Awesome intimate restaurant with great wine selection
  • Roberto H.
    Roberto HannibalMarch 19, 2012
    Great service. Definitely a great place to unwind after work.
  • Rita G.
    Rita GarciaSeptember 11, 2014
    Great place for a glass of wine with a good friend or on a date.
  • Venkatesh K.
    http://freshnyc.com/african/xai-xai-wine-bar-best-south-africa-hells-kitchen superb wine bar
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Durban mango mousse is light yet intense, a refreshing treat.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoMay 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Romantical, tons of wine, and they take credit cards.
  • Elaine C.
    Elaine ChiuOctober 26, 2013
    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.
  • dara lynne
    dara lynneMay 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great wine bar. You must get the Pinotage. And ask for Elvis. He's the best. :)
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MMarch 10, 2013
    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!!
  • Rocky R.
    Rocky RomanoMarch 24, 2012
    Don't have the seven sisters merlot...awful. But, in general I love this place
  • Aashna S.
    Aashna SFebruary 27, 2014
    Cute place. But, have never really found a wine that I love.
  • Chip K.
    Chip KloseApril 14, 2013
    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.
  • Natalia L.
    Natalia LucakSeptember 22, 2013
    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!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 30, 2014
    South African cuisine and excellent wine bar
  • brigitte g.
    brigitte gJuly 24, 2012
    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.
  • L E.
    L ErskineJanuary 21, 2015
    The octopus starter was an oral delight (& who doesn't like that?)!
  • Dino B.
    Dino BeslicNovember 3, 2012
    Coconut sorbet is a must! :)
  • Tanya H.
    Tanya HOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Malva Pudding will make you dream about it and come back for more!!!!
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TJuly 10, 2012
    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.
  • Thaniya K.
    Thaniya KeereepartOctober 9, 2013
    Lovely Mozambique tapas style resto
  • Steven S.
    Steven SwansonAugust 6, 2011
    Pay in cash. The wait for them to come collect your credit card is silly.
  • C L.
    C LJune 9, 2013
    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!
  • Carlos J.
    Carlos Jimenez MayaOctober 9, 2011
    No south african beer! Well, Tusker is OK! Great Food!
  • Amos E.
    Amos ElbergMay 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic wine bar. Try the "faithful hound" and the biltong
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterOctober 29, 2010
    "Xai Xai. That's a small town in Mozambique." Homicide detective Conor Bard stops into Xai Xai for a pinotage in Charles Kipps' CRYSTAL DEATH. Read more
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BretherickApril 21, 2010
    Great wine bar featuring South African wines. Lovely owner and staff.
  • Dazhi C.
    Dazhi ChenJune 6, 2011
    One of the best wine bars. Save 15% here with the DailyGobble app!
  • David N.
    David NashMarch 11, 2014
    Seems to have no idea about wine at all. Asked about a shiraz and he said it's fruity. That's all. Sigh.
  •  Whitney
     WhitneyAugust 17, 2011
    Cured meats: droewers & biltong.. Delicious
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SAugust 9, 2011
    Get the Ostrich burger! Delish.
  • Monica
    MonicaJune 20, 2014
    $1 oysters before 7. Mmmm
  • Bernardo P.
    Bernardo PalomeraSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just eat biltong and drink wine
  • Amos E.
    Amos ElbergJune 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always the best. The roses are great for hot summer days.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DorisonDecember 7, 2014
    Avocado lobster salad.
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaOctober 8, 2010
    Go early or it gets super crowded
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BementNovember 25, 2014
    Wine, dates
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew H.February 2, 2013
    Food is terrible...wait staff is horrendous. Except for the woman who seated us. She was exceptional.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairApril 26, 2012
    Try the Tapas
  • Alana F.
    Alana FMay 3, 2013
    Well that was a fail. This place truly does have abysmal service.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MDecember 23, 2009
    Southern Right is a yummy wine and not too pricey.
  • smitty s.
    smitty smoovJanuary 31, 2010
    They don't fill your beer to top? Why have a tall slender glass and not fill it!!!
  • Dana K.
    Dana KotlerJune 6, 2010
    great atmosphere, great rosé.
  • Kate
    KateJune 20, 2013
    Do not go here. The worst service/experience I have ever had at a restaurant in NYC. Ever!
  • rob d.
    rob daltoMay 18, 2013
    service is horrible and would it kill you to give a real glass for water !
  • Michael B.
    Michael BishopSeptember 2, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    have a bottle of Chocolate Block or Fusion V. yummmmmmm
  • Arun N.
    Arun NandiApril 27, 2013
    Food wasn't great. Not impressed
  • Noemi J.
    Noemi JimenezNovember 9, 2012
    Terrible service. Hostess is a bi&%*
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