Best South African (2012)

Kaia

This is a narrow category indeed, because only four restaurants in town qualify for the award. So let's give it this year to Kaia, a newish and remarkably comfortable wine bar—meaning there's space to spare among the tables—located on the Upper East Side. There's bunny chow, of course (a mild vegetable curry served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread), and bobotie (a small meat loaf topped with béchamel sauce and way mellow). The wine list is worth exploring, mixing South African and South American vintages. 1614 Third Avenue, 212-722-0490, kaiawinebar.com (10128)

Location Details

1614 3rd Ave.
New York NY 10128
212-722-0490