Xixa

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Williamsburg has a lot of one-and-only restaurants, but Xixa stands out. Heather Heuser and Jason Marcus, also behind the nearby Traif, are a modern day mom and pop, hugging regulars and cultivating new ones. The playful name, pronounced "shiksa," refers to Heuser not being Jewish (Marcus is). The food is Mexican—or, rather, Mexican-Asian-European—and the combinations sound unfathomable (spicy rock shrimp gorditas with nori-shiso-scallion and sesame sikil pak; fideus seco with spicy lamb albondigas, Cotija and bolillo) but no matter. Marcus has thought it through and it's awesome. Furthermore, it's a sexy space with cleanly designed wood surfaces, a draped rope ceiling and snuggly booths. The feminine-themed wine list is a conversation starter, including quotes from Joan Rivers, Liberace, Lucille Ball and Twiggy, among others, plus there's an impressive selection of tequila and mezcal.

241 S. 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
  (718) 388-8860
  Hours: Tues.–Sun., 6pm–2am


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