Q and A with Angelo Sosa of Xie Xie
Xie Xie is a hip new 300-square-foot sandwich shop in Hell’s Kitchen. We spoke with chef/owner Angelo Sosa.Where did the name come from? Xie Xie means thank you in Mandarin.
What was your vision? It’s the sandwich shop you want do dine at. I took dishes and transformed them into sandwiches. We offer a healthy component too — every sandwich can be made as a salad. Are you jumping on the banh mi bandwagon? No. We’re closer to a ‘Wichcraft than a banh mi shop. We’re more of a chef-centered sandwich shop. We’re an Asian sandwich shop trying to appeal to the Western palate. What are some standouts? The lobster is amazing — it comes from Nova Scotia. It’s served on brioche with a hint of dill, tarragon and Japanese mayonnaise. We’re working with ingredients you’d find at a four-star restaurant. You helped open Spice Market and Buddakan. How is this different? It’s much easier to run a 3,000-square foot place than a 15-seat place. What are your plans for the future? We’re focusing on quality. The infrastructure is first and foremost and then we’d like to expand.