Xai Xai Wine Bar

365 W. 51st St.
New York, NY 10019
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  • Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 5pm-11pm
  • $$$
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Wine
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
If you're tired of wine bars that specialize in Italian or French wines, Xai Xai provides relief. The entire list of this Theatre District establishment, named after a beach resort in Mozambique, consists of South African wines, including pinotages, shirazes, merlots, and cabs. The pinotages are of the most interest, with an inauspicious start, big in the middle, then trailing off into pleasant spiciness. The food offers something of a disconnect--in general, it's too sugary to go well with the big reds Xai Xai pours. Still, it's a good chance to taste bunny chow (a curry-stuffed loaf of bread), droewars (Afrikaaner jerky), and biltong (farmers sausages). Delicious raw oysters, too.


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