Loi, the high-end Greek restaurant on West 70th street run by charismatic chef Maria Loi, closed today. It had opened in 2011. The restaurant wasn’t able to come to an agreement with its landlord on a new lease. But Mel Wymore, who was a partner in the restaurant, says that Loi isn’t gone for good.
“With sadness, we announce the close of Loi Restaurant at 208 West 70th Street. After lease negotiations came to a stalemate, we realized the metrics were not conducive to continuing at this location. However, from the moment Chef Loi arrived in New York, she became a treasured culinary addition to the Upper West Side and an esteemed colleague among her professional peers. We can be assured that her warm hospitality and excellent Greek cuisine will soon again find its place among New York’s finest.”
I was lucky to celebrate a couple of special occasions at Loi and enjoyed myself. Maria’s a great hostess and the food was excellent.