Mediterranean Pop-up on 80th and Amsterdam

  Last modified on September 2nd, 2018

Hamsa Restaurant, a pop-up located at 421 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 80th Street), opened its doors on Thursday, June 21st. Hamsa promises to offer “a guilt-free go-to dining destination featuring delectable healthy delights and culinary culture.”

Coming from restaurateurs Corey Hennig and Amir Terem, the menu offers culinary creations from the Mediterranean, but with a twist! Both Hennig and Terem are native New Yorkers, but each have strong cultural influences (Hennig is of West African descent and Terem is Israeli) and are melding their cultures to create new and exciting dishes.

On of the key elements of Hamsa Restaurant is to provide guests with an exceptional dining experience and have delicious cuisine that encourages healthy eating. “Quality healthy eating should never be an exclusive option. It should be available to everyone. We strive to bring locally sourced, all-natural ingredients to those that want it at an affordable price” says Hennig.

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Per their website, all ingredients are natural and locally sourced. All of the dishes at Hamsa are made from scratch daily, and the portions are generous.

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What type of food can you expect from an Israeli West African fusion? Hennig says, “Our menu extends far beyond your typical Mediterranean fare with selections like the Mediterranean burrito and the Ethiopian mojito”. Sounds exciting!

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Hamsa is able to seat 40 guests, and has a bar that seats 16. For those looking to dine outside in the summer weather, the outdoor café can accommodate up to 36 guests.

When we contacted the restaurant, they said they did not have a definitive end date for the pop-up but that Hamsa will be open for “the next few months”.

Hamsa is open on Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 4pm-11pm, Thursdays-Fridays from 12pm-1am and Saturdays/Sundays from 10am-11pm.

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Jori Rose Schwartz

Jori Rose Schwartz is a proud Upper West Sider. She enjoys ice cream, little dogs, long walks in Central Park, and getting lost inside Duane Reade. You can follow her adventures on the Upper West Side at @UpperWestUpperBest on Instagram.

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