Seven Hills Closes Doors

Seven Hills closes

It’s a new year and another neighborhood restaurant has shut its doors. Seven Hills Mediterranean Grill served its last meal on December 31 after 16 years on the Upper West Side.

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Known for its variety of Mediterranean dishes, including Gyros, Kebabs, Pides and the eponymous Mixed Grill, Seven Hills first opened in 2007 as Seven’s Turkish Grill at 158 West 72nd Street. That year, it was featured by the New York Times in an article titled “Prices Nice as the Food,” chronicling UWS restaurants that were both good and affordable. The article highlighted the restaurant’s pides which it described as “thick, but not too thick,” adding, “You could dine exclusively on the savory appetizers like zucchini pancakes with a deliciously thick yogurt garlic sauce and a bowl of homemade lebni, the yogurt with walnuts, garlic and dill.”

Sadly, Upper West Siders will no longer be able to get any of those dishes. As of January 1, the Seven Hills website was shut down, its phone was going to voicemail, and the restaurant was closed, with a sign on the window thanking the neighborhood for “many years of delicious memories!”

seven hills closes sign

We spoke to someone at the restaurant who confirmed that a dispute with their landlord created “circumstances beyond their control.” Unable to secure a new lease at a rent they could afford, Seven Hills is now forced to move out. That makes Seven Hills one of the first victims of rising rents in 2024, an issue that has long been a problem throughout the neighborhood and city.

Seven Hills tells ILTUWS that while they do hope to open again at a new location, it’s unclear when or where that will be.


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