At 5pm today, Central Square will officially become home to the hotly anticipated Moksa, a venue which will forever change the neighborhood's dining and nightlife scene and which may prove to be the biggest opening of the year. An izakaya, the restaurant's menu focuses on small plates that draw inspiration from, oh, pretty much every Asian street food culture, and the kitchen's hours will extend local late-night offerings. Chef Patricia Yeo is a globetrotter herself, having lived in England and Malaysia and having cooked around the country including alongside the likes of Bobby Flay. She came to Boston from NYC to open Ginger Park and later went on to Om in Harvard Square.
Moksa also promises an ambitious cocktail program, with house-infused tea bitters and the skill of mixologist Noon Inthasuwan, who has worked at Om and Umami. Naga, the nightclub within Moksa, will not open just yet. The bar area will also serve as a restaurant-within-a-restaurant featuring guest chefs, and there will be classes led by the likes of Chris Cosentino of San Fran's Incanto, among others. Moksa was first slated to open in January, but now its moksa has arrived. (Moksa means destiny.)
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