New York, NY 11211
- Sun, Tue-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am
- All Major Credit Cards
- Full bar
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
Tips from foursquare
Came to try the Foie Gras Al Pastor but was absolutely blown away by the Grilled Carrots Elote. Inventive and delicious.
Spanish mackerel tartare, mango jalapeño , various herbs, avocado mousse , tortillas. - perfect
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
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.
All the dishes are amazing!
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