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mahler5 Feb 23, 2009 10:47 AM

At some point within the last year, I made a note to self to try out this place, which I had noted was at 9th Ave. and 45th (645A Ninth Ave., to be exact.) The other day I went there and couldn't find it. As for the address, I found 645 but not 645A. Do I have the wrong address? Has the shop disappeared? Am I losing my mind?

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    MRich Nov 17, 2009 09:12 AM

    Had the pork sandwich (which is actually 3 mini sandwiches) and loved it. The ice cream sandwich was fantastic. Looking forward to trying some other stuff. Overpriced, but since I wasn't paying I loved it!!

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      kiworan79 Nov 17, 2009 10:57 AM

      We live in the neighborhood and really like the place. Favorites include the pork buns, the fish sandwich and the lobster roll. Oh -- and I also find myself craving that ice cream sandwich!

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      ExFlexitarian Jul 24, 2009 10:37 AM

      Mixed reviews (trending towards negative) from Yelp and Midtownlunch
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/xie-xie-new-york
      http://midtownlunch.com/2009/07/22/xi...

      Looks like a bust.

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        research Jul 24, 2009 10:50 AM

        Just went for the first time. The Vietnamese beef sandwich was messy, not bad, but nothing to get all excited about. The beef did not taste barbequed at all (more like pot roast without the sauce). The kimchee was neither spicey nor vinegary -- in fact I would not identify it as kimchee at all. The bun was pretty good, but not substantial enough for all the mayo they put on it, which did not taste basily to me. They were nice. But at $9.75 I wouldn't say it was worth it.
        On the other hand, I also went up and got a black and white malted at Island Burgers (9th and 51st) and (while junky and a bit too sweet) it still rocks. And even tho they were jammed, I got my malted in 2 minutes.

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          guttergourmet Aug 6, 2009 11:03 AM

          I'll jump in. The lobster roll was neither particularly Asian nor special at $14. The glazed prok buns were mighty tasty though derivative of, and not as good as, Momofuku. Cool looking place. Will return to try the Vietnamese beef and desserts but for now I'd have to say "xie xie but no thanks".

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        mahler5 Jul 11, 2009 06:14 PM

        Does anyone know if it's open yet?

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          kiworan79 Jul 12, 2009 08:58 AM

          We went by in a cab last night and it definitely didnt look open yet. :(

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            bigjeff Jul 14, 2009 11:42 PM

            been curious about the place as well. I'm ready to be a hater of course but, still curious as to what this guy will come out with.

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              Sarandipity711 Jul 22, 2009 06:48 AM

              It opens today. I got a sneak peak taste of the menu on Monday and I have to say, it is delicious!! Definitely worth going to and lives up the hype.

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                eatfood Jul 23, 2009 01:50 PM

                What did you get that was so good?

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                  Sarandipity711 Jul 23, 2009 02:15 PM

                  The Vietnamese beef sandwich. Mmmm.

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                  65pony Jul 24, 2009 09:40 AM

                  Went there to get the Asian Lobster Roll, which was mentioned on Urban Daddy. Have to say, not worth the effort (walked from Rock Center) nor the price ($14). The place is gorgeous, staff very friendly and attentive, and the packaging is over the top. However the lobster roll had WAY too much dill and I couldn't even taste the lobster. About $3 per bite....I did, however, grab a "MASH" water drink, which I've never seen before. Great.

              2. goodhealthgourmet Jun 25, 2009 05:31 PM

                just a heads-up in case you missed it...yesterday's NY Times reported that it's finally opening this Saturday, June 27th.

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                  gloriousfood Jun 26, 2009 02:13 PM

                  Or not: http://eater.com/archives/2009/06/bla...

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                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 26, 2009 02:37 PM

                    man, the crappy weather is screwing *everyone* this summer!

                2. D...DF Feb 23, 2009 04:40 PM

                  There's some confusion on this thread.

                  XAI XAI is a South African wine bar in Hell's Kitchen. XIE XIE is a forthcoming Asian sandwich spot due to open on St. Mark's in March.

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                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 05:19 PM

                    no confusion. the first location of Xie Xie - the Asian sandwich shop - is slated to open at 645 Ninth Avenue this month. a *second* location of Xie Xie - again, the sandwich shop - was initially supposed to open on St. Mark's Place in March...but given the delay of the first location, i guess that may happen later than expected.

                    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/din...

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                      D...DF Feb 23, 2009 06:01 PM

                      Haha the confusion was all mine. Thanks.

                  2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 11:19 AM

                    AFAIK, it wasn't even scheduled to open until this month - my guess is that they ran into the standard restaurant-opening delays.

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                      mahler5 Feb 23, 2009 11:51 AM

                      Thanks so much. But where is 645A Ninth Ave. The address doesn't exist.

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                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 02:27 PM

                        i'm sure it's just 645 - you were right, it's the corner of 9th Ave & 45th.

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