Mokum (Yiddish for “place” or “safe haven”) is now open at 464 Amsterdam Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd Streets). The previous occupant at this address was Hampton Chutney. Mokum is the product of two long-time Upper West Siders: health enthusiast and geneticist Tea Zegarac Pollock and chef Benjamin Vaschetti (from Le Cirque).
It is slated to be an informal restaurant with “the food you wish you had time to cook.”
Here are some early reviews:
From Google: Delicious meal. I had the salmon and it was a savory treat. Opened with the brussel spouts and broccoli appetizers. I was so happy to see they use only MCT oils for cooking. Delicious and good for me!! A rare restaurant I can bring the kids and know its just as healthy as from my own kitchen. Next level restaurant in New York City. The future has arrived and it is yummy.
From their Facebook page: Nourishment for the palate and the soul. Really good ingredients. Generous portions. Good vibe!
Mokum’s menu is expected to change on a regular basis, as the focus is on local ingredients. But here are a few teasers:
Organic chickpea salad with green beans and peppers, drizzled with tahini dressing.
Curried cauliflower, topped with pomegranate and toasted almonds.
Valrhona Chocolate white chocolate mousse topped with passionfruit and a splash of almond water.
Sriracha-spiced tuna tartare with avocado, shaved cucumbers and squash.
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