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The popular sushi eatery Momoya has big things planned for the future. Leasing an iconic building designed by architect Phillippe Starck, Momoya is planning on opening their third restaurant, this time in Nolita at 47 Prince Street.
Momoya was founded by New York restaurateur Jiin Kim, originally opening its first location in Chelsea. Envisioned as a modern, contemporary Japanese restaurant, Momoya garnered significant acclaim for the freshness and quality of their sushi. Momoya quickly became the go-to spot for sushi in the neighborhood, and the popular word-of-mouth reputation they developed, Kim and his team were able to open a second location on the Upper West Side.
Now, the Momoya team is preparing their biggest operation yet. The new restaurant, dubbed Momoya SoHo, will be replacing Miss Paradis which previously operated at the space. Miss Paradis was owned by veteran French chef Claude Louzon and opened up in 2014, serving locals healthy Mediterranean plates with a full-bodied wine selection.
In fact, the building that Momoya will be moving into was designed specifically for Miss Paradis by renowned architect Phillippe Starck. A fusion of modern elegance and turn-of-the-century industrial design, Starck’s iconic architecture has become something of a gem in the neighborhood. With two stories and 4,400 square feet of total space, Momoya SoHo promises to be the team’s most ambitious restaurant so far.
Momoyo SoHo will be operated by KwangHo Lee, who described the new aesthetic of his restaurant as “modern and elegant,” and states that when compared to the other two restaurants, Momoya SohHo is “another level”. Lee could not say when exactly he wants the restaurant operational, but it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of work ahead needed to transform the space. Thankfully, the other two locations remain operational, so visit their website to check out their menu and see what you might be interested in trying.