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Former Momo’s Owner Opens Austin-Themed Venue in NYC

A look inside Paul Oveisi' s new Austin-themed bar in NYC called Zirzamin
Photo courtesy of Zirzamin's Facebook page:
A look inside Paul Oveisi' s new Austin-themed bar in NYC called Zirzamin

In case you were wondering what Momo’s owner Paul Oveisi had been up to since the venue closed in late December, he’s been busy creating an Austin-themed venue in Manhattan.

Zirzamin, which is Farsi for “underground,” is located in a cellar bar in Greenwich Village and has a small menu that includes breakfast tacos(2 for $6), “Austin-style” chile con queso ($5), brisket tacos(2 for $6) and Lone Star beer.

“Ultimately, there will be music every night of the week. We'll certainly bring in some Austin acts but it's gonna be an eclectic mix of world music, funky ensembles, and surprise guests,” Oveisi told the New York City/Austin music blog IndieSounds. “It won't be predictable but it will be good.”

Oveisi says he’s still getting used to living in New York City, in part because he’s “never lived anywhere with defined seasons.” He’s staying in Brooklyn and spending a lot of time exploring the city on foot.

So far, the venue has just two Yelp reviews, but both are five star assessments, with one user noting that “the food is simple and great, especially for any Texas transplants in NY.”

The venue is open from 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. and located at 90 West Houston Street in Manhattan. 

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Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.