Located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, Braai is the premier South African dining experience in New York City.
The restaurant itself presents a unique African bush-inspired theme that is both inviting and captivating. The atmosphere is warm and enchanting, with vaulted reed-thatch ceilings and tree trunk-lined walls exposing our guests to the aesthetic and textural diversity that is unique to Africa, providing the perfect escape from the concrete jungle and into the bush.
In fall of 2007, owners Brett Curtin, Tanya & Reshma Hira came up with the idea to open a home for South African wines in New York – Xai Xai, the first and only South African focused Winebar. This met with widespread enthusiasm and praise by the press and public alike, however, besides being captivated by the high quality and value in South African wines it became increasingly evident that patrons were also interested in trying the distinct cuisine as well. The limited infrastructure of Xai Xai made it increasingly apparent that a separate location would be needed. At approximately the same time the perfect venue presented itself not 100 meters from Xai Xai’s door and Braai NYC was born.
Braai continues to enchant and captivate the imagination of our guests and grows in popularity and praise as we strive to bring the very best of South African and mother land to the big apple.