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Map & Directions 241 S. 4th St.
New York, NY 11211
  • Mexican
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 6pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

What would happen if a food-loving couple fell in love on the bustling streets of Mexico City? Jason Marcus and Heather Heuser (who also own the playfully-named Traif) wondered just that as theycreated the Mexican-inflected menu at their latest restaurant in Williamsburg. An ideal meal at Xixa (pronounced “shiksa” -- like the old Yiddish word for non-Jewish girls) will be composed of a handful of small plates, like a dressed-up version of leeks and romesco made with spring onions, potatoes, and anchovies, or a wobbly corn flan topped with parcels of blue crab, garlic-poblano cream, and herbs. One of the finest dishes on the menu is a pair of warm, tender gorditas ($7) fried to an even golden color, filled with aioli-dressed shrimp, and topped with a crispy black tangle of puffed rice, sesame, and seaweed. Apart from the awful name, diners might wonder why this idiosyncratic little restaurant with a unique, personal point of view doesn't get more attention outside of its neighborhood. It deserves it. --Tejal Rao

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  • Rei W. on 01/13/13

    Came to try the Foie Gras Al Pastor but was absolutely blown away by the Grilled Carrots Elote. Inventive and delicious.

  • neerad jet .. on 12/15/12

    Spanish mackerel tartare, mango jalapeño , various herbs, avocado mousse , tortillas. - perfect

  • 7th.List on 12/08/12

    Just Opened. Pronounced “shiksa”. Taste: B.E.C Quesadillas, smoked pork belly, blue cheese, bearnaise, pasilla-prune-pulque or Foie gras al pastor, roasted pineapple, torrejas, chipotle, ancho honey

  • Dorothy M. on 09/22/13

    If you are here with 3 or more people, get the tasting menu. At $40 it's a great value and takes the guesswork out of ordering tapas-style plates from such an extensive menu.

  • Maria G. on 02/19/13

    All the dishes are amazing!

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