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Xai Xai

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365 W. 51th St., New York, NY 10019 40.767529 -73.984701
nr. Ninth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-541-9241 Send to Phone

Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm; $1 oysters
Wed, 5pm-midnight; 50% off bottles

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 50th St.

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At this South African wine bar (“shy shy”), the staff is eager to discuss the merits of their home country’s vitals and cuisine. African masks peer down from the walls, sanded-wood columns reach up to the ceiling, and clumps of driftwood rest in the corners. The tapas menu surprises with “Biltong”, a South African beef jerky adaptation, and “Bunny Chow,” a ground lamb turnover, while the wine list focuses on the country’s prized sauvignon blanc—crispier, grassier, and more citrusy than Old World varietals. The corner booths, under dim lighting, are where to stretch a bottle into a whole night; and avoid groups waiting for the curtains on Jersey Boys.