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guacamole y ceviche

fall guac: avocado, dried corn, seeds, arbol chile, various chips

arctic char tartare, snow peas, corn, sesame, soy, truffle, lemon

tuna ceviche, pineapple, tomato, cucumber, coconut aguachile

grass fed steak tartare, hazelnut, asiago, horseradish, rye cracker

spicy blue crab sopes, corn cakes, sweet soy, nori, sesame



tortilla-less’ soup of butternut squash; braised & crispy, chile cream

corn & pumpkin flan ‘tamal,’ poblano cream, bacon jam, apple

foie gras ‘al pastor,’ french toast ‘tortilla,’ pineapple, achiote

roasted bone marrow tacos, chorizo marmalade, asiago ‘chicharon’

fish tacos:’ japanese snapper tempura, cabbage kim chee, habanero


verduras y queso

mexico-city style roasted edamame, arbol chile, lime, garlic

grilled carrots ‘elote,’ honey butter, feta, coriander, dill, aioli

brussels’ sprouts ‘bravas,’ guajillo-almond romesco, lime aioli

charred burrata cheese, bartlett pear, mango, habanero, corn cakes

fundido: baked muenster, green chile-lamb chorizo, rye bread tortilla


carne y mariscos

baby back rib ‘carnitas,’ peanut ‘salsa macha,’ smoked honey

chipotle-garlic shrimp & button mushrooms ‘en mojo de ajo’

sauteed octopus, chorizo, ‘mojo rojo y verde,’ yukons, chickpea

seared scallops, fideus pasta, black trumpets, corn, saffron butter


familia: limited availability of seasonal tortillas

fall ‘fajitas:’ delicata squash, button mushrooms, roasted beets, ‘mojo verde’

organic chile-brined cornish hen ‘en pibil,’ achiote, salsa verde, saffron, aioli

smoked/braised pork belly, black mole bbq, raisin pico, curried carrots

1/2 pekin duck ‘carnitas,’ 5 spice, ginger, cucumber, concord glaze

roasted goat neck ‘barbacoa,’ pomegranate-walnut salsa, ‘ras al hanout’

dry-aged short rib confit, green chile mole, pumpkin, gold zucchini




The creation story of Xixa is one of truth and fantasy. 

The truth is as follows: Jason Marcus and Heather Heuser met while working in a restaurant in San Diego in 2005. Eventually Jason (a nice jewish guy from Jersey), and Heather ( a nicer non-Jewish girl from New Hampshire) fell in love and decided to travel through Europe, move to New York, and open a restaurant called Traif. Along their travels in Europe they came across a bar in Barcelona called “Xix,” pronounced “chicks” in Catalan. They thought, wouldn’t it be something if we one day had another establishment called “xixa,” pronounced “shiksa” in Spanish in honor of Heather, Jason’s “shiksa,” or non-jewish girlfriend in Yiddish.


In April 2010, Heather and Jason did open Traif restaurant. One January morning while walking to coffee about a year and a half after opening Traif, Heather and Jason decided to ask the landlords of a vacant former restaurant down the street of their intentions with that space. After a positive meeting, Heather and Jason began to wonder about their next venture. Shortly after and coinciding with two visits to Mexico and their overall passions for Mexican cuisine and wine, Heather and Jason began formulating the idea of a Mexican restaurant and wine bar, but… different, like a Traif version Mexico City.


Here’s where the fantasy twist to the Traif story begins. So, what if instead of meeting in San Diego, Heather and Jason met in Mexico? What if almost everything else was the same: Jason travelled throughout Europe and Asia, worked in various Michelin kitchens, and grew up gardening and cooking with mom just like in real life… and what if Heather found her passion for service and hospitality while working in major hotels, boutique restaurants, and tiny dive bars…





What if Jason and Heather met in a restaurant in 2005… What if they dreamed of opening a restaurant in their home’s capital featuring the type of foods, beverages, service, and ambiance they loved… but what if this capital was Mexico City? What if Jason (a good Jewish boy from the suburbs of Mexico City—go with it) was enchanted by his non-Jewish girlfriend Heather much like his connection to cooking and they wanted to honor this notion of seduction with their new restaurant—a place where familiar meets foreign, home meets away, and the accepted meets the forbidden? And, what would they call this place? 

Xixa is the real answer to this fictional question. At Xixa, Heather and Jason hope to capture this parallel dream of Heather and Jason version Mexico City. The food will be globally inspired but grounded by the flavors, techniques, and memories of a chef whose home lies in the suburbs of Mexico City. 

The ambience and service will reflect Heather’s cosmopolitan experiences, but be grounded by an affinity for traditional and modern Mexican aesthetics and culture. The beverage program featuring an extensive wine list, focused tequila/mezcal list, and craft beer list, will reflect Heather and Jason’s desire to showcase the essences of Mexico’s classic drinks: agave, hops, and grapes. As Heather and Jason’s next step, they hope guests will enjoy the familiar concept offered at Traif, but enjoy making the journey with them to a new place, Xixa.


Heather Heuser, Partner & Manager

Heather is the shiksa, the muse, and la mujer of Xixa. Xixa, from ambiance to drink to food, is Heather’s dream. In many ways, Xixa is the aesthetic and philosophical ideal of Heather—a strong, feminine, romantic, cosmopolitan, nostalgic, modern woman. The space, filled with sensual textures,treated metals and woods, a unique all-rope ceiling, varied lounge-y seating, and both modern and classic romantic lighting was inspired by Heather’s desire for a restaurant/bar with a decidedly sexy,smart feminine vibe. The food, a blend of mexican flavors/ideas/techniques but with a more global approach, reflects Heather’s desire to honor home but embrace the outside. The beverage program featuring an extensive global wine list, agave-based spirits, and craft beer reflects Heather’s affinity for both purity of ingredients and non-traditional food/beverage pairings.Heather grew up in New Hampshire but always had big city dreams. She entered and the restaurant world in high school and pursued bartending at Pravda and ? in Boston throughout college. She moved to San Diego and was on the opening teams of The W Hotel and Red Pearl Kitchen as general manager where she met future partner Jason. After briefly moving to LA to open Brix restaurant, she moved to NYC with Jason in pursuit of opening their first restaurant, Traif which they opened in April, 2010. Heather’s casual but serious approach to service has helped establish Traif as both a neighborhood and destination favorite. Her vision with Xixa is for a restaurant/bar that reflects the ever-changing Williamsburg southside—a little more grown up and sophisticated, but still casual, young, and edgy.




Jason Marcus, Partner & Chef

Jason grew up in New Jersey, the son of foodie parents long before the term foodie was used. He cooked and gardened with mom and listened and watched the greatest gourmand he’s ever known, Dad all leading to the makings of a chef. After studying philosophy in college, Jason decided to pursue his passion professionally. He worked for the best restaurants who would have him in NYC and California, such as Judson Grill, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, and Manresa. In between jobs, he travelled as much as possible throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East. While helping to open Red Pearl Kitchen in San Diego as chef, he met Heather Heuser, general manager. After first working together and building a friendship over two years, they eventually began dating and moved to NYC in hopes of opening a restaurant. That hope led them to Brooklyn to open Traif Restaurant in Williamsburg. Traif has been the recipient of numerous accolades in NY Magazine, Timeout NY, the Michelin Guide, Eater.com, Grubstreet.com, and Zagat. Jason was also a contestant on the Foods Network’s “Chopped.” At Xixa, Heather and Jason’s second restaurant, Jason hopes to explore his love of Mexican food via the eyes of a more globally-seasoned chef creating a recognizable but unique menu.





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