11/19/2012 08:46:00 AM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Meatballs at Xai Xai

If you want to take a deep dive into the wines of South Africa, Hell's Kitchen wine bar Xai Xai is your go-to. The affordable selection showcases the earthy/mineral-laden labels of the country, and the dark and sexy room is perfect for a quiet conversation about wine or otherwise. Like many of the numerous vino-centric bars in HK, this watering hole has a small prep station that is able to turn out a surprising array of small plates despite its minuscule size.

Oysters and cheese go well with the whites on the list, and our red paired nicely with the beef meatballs, which were served in a red sauce spiked with Moroccan spices. We were able to learn a thing or two about the wines of South Africa, now if we can just figure out how to pronounce this joint's name, we'd be golden (369 West 51st St., 212-541-9241). 

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