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Has Acclaimed Modern Korean Restaurant Oiji Left the East Village?

Plus, West Village mainstay Moustache plans to relocate — and more intel

A large light fixture hangs over a dark wooden table set with plates and glasses. A red brick wall is in the background.
Oiji’s dining room.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

What is happening at Korean restaurant Oiji in the East Village? EVGrieve reports that the space, known as one of the early pioneers in NYC’s modern Korean movement, has been closed since the spring, when the Oiji team opened their new, larger venture in Flatiron called Oiji Mi. At the time, chef Brian Kim and partner Max Soh told Eater that that they were waiting to get Oiji Mi going before figuring out how “to move forward” with Oiji. According to the neighborhood website, a representative was out collecting signatures for a new liquor license for the spot and told EVGrieve that the same team plans to flip it into another Korean restaurant. Eater has reached out to Oiji for more information.

A West Village mainstay bows out

Cherished Middle Eastern restaurant Moustache — known for its puffy pitas and inventive “pitzas” topped with ground lamb, roasted red peppers, and more — is shutting down on December 31 due to failed lease negotiations, co-owner Fayez Al Hammadi told Eater. But they won’t be gone for long: The owners plan to relocate just a few blocks away, to 29 Seventh Avenue South, between Bedford and Morton streets. The new location is slated to open sometime in 2023.

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