Two relatively new Upper West Side restaurants, Mokum and 8th Hill, have permanently closed, joining a growing list of shuttered UWS businesses.
Mokum, which opened at 464 Amsterdam (between 82nd and 83rd Streets) in late 2018 , made the announcement on August 21, stating “After our brief, but beautiful romance with the UWS, it is with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye. 2020 has not been kind to most, including us. Tea and Ben and the entire Mokum family wish only the best for this city and all of its people. Mokum means safe haven. So here’s to all of us finding our Mokum wherever it may be.”
Mokum was created by two long-time Upper West Siders: health enthusiast and geneticist Tea Zegarac Pollock and chef Benjamin Vaschetti (from Le Cirque). Before closing, Mokum was offering Curbside pick-up, delivery and outdoor dining.
Mokum served “internationally-inspired dishes showcasing the finest local ingredients,” with seasonally changing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Hampton Chutney was the previous occupant of 464 Amsterdam Ave.
8th Hill opened at 359 Columbus Ave (between 76th and 77th Streets) during the spring of 2019, replacing longtime restaurant Isabella’s. Upper West Siders were anticipating this restaurant for a long time, as its opening had been postponed several times. But the Mediterranean restaurant has permanently closed its doors.
The upscale eatery served hot and cold mezzes, kebabs, lamb and short rib entrees, salmon and seabass dishes, and desserts including baklava and pumpkin cheesecake.
Owner Semi Feyzioglu named the restaurant after his hometown of Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul is known as the “City on the Seven Hills”, he explained on 8th Hill’s website.
Such a shame. It was an institution of Isabella’s before they were squeezed out, and 8th Hill was promising. Now it’ll be vacant for a long time, I suspect.
Very sad about Mokum – it was such a great addition to our neighborhood. I will miss their great and inventive cooking. Really too bad!
I salute the brave entrepreneurs who tried so hard to build creative businesses to serve their neighborhood and got caught up in all this mess. Hopefully, your spirits are not diminished and you’ll be back again better than ever. Meanwhile, thanks so much for trying, so many of your neighbors really appreciate the effort and hope to see you sooner than later!
This is very sad and a great loss to our neighborhood.
What a loss, I loved 8th Hill. Delicious food & a wonderful restaurant. I’ll never forget the great delivery service they provided for us during the lockdown. So sorry to see you leave the neighborhood. I wish the owner all the best moving forward.
If we continue allowing and accepting the criminal element taking over our streets, we will continue losing these fine restaurants and other small businesses. Those of you who blame Covid 19 are sadly mistaken.
Please translate your euphemistic “criminal element”, whom we are “allowing and accepting” into our neighborhoods. I do not know to whom this refers. Thank you.