Not long ago, we had plans to catch an Off-Broadway show, near Times Square. Arriving in the neighborhood with just a little time to spare for dinner, we walked a few blocks away, to avoid evening crowds, and ended up at a small South African wine bar with tapas: Xai Xai Wine Bar. This worked out well for us, because we could grab a couple of small plates with a glass of wine, and still have time to get to our show.
We shared a handful of dishes: pickled vegetables, baked ricotta, and stuffed pepperdew peppers wrapped in bacon. Since we were sharing the same meal, we could share the same wine, and chose a carafe of Pinotage from One World Winery to share.
In all, it was a simple, quick meal that let us enjoy our time before the show. It made for an infinitely more appealing meal than stopping off at one of the chain restaurants. Who needs fast food?