Moya offers innovative cuisine in a beautiful and elegant setting that's easy for everybody to enjoy.
CHEF Heriberto Yunda
Heriberto Yunda is chef and owner of Moya, the finest restaurant in Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania. At Moya, Heri offers innovative, elegant, straightforward cuisine in a beautiful setting that's easy for everybody to enjoy.
Heriberto was born and raised in the Chimborazo state of Ecuador. His initial entrance into the culinary world was cooking in the Ecuadorian rainforest for American oil company executives.
Shortly after emigrating to the United States, Heri moved to New York City where he worked in many Manhattan restaurants. He cooked with chefs as notable as Charles Palmer and Matthew Kenny, and assisted Kenny in opening Matthew's, where Heri worked as Chef de Cuisine for seven years. During this time, Heri was commissioned as chef and consultant in opening two restaurants located in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2002 Heri and his wife Stephanie moved to Pennsylvania. Soon after the birth of their daughter Maxine, they moved to Jim Thorpe and opened their new restaurant. Moya is named after Heri's home town of La Moya in Ecuador.
Heri's twenty-eight years of experience in the culinary arts has led him to a keen understanding of his craft. His primary goal in opening Moya is to offer gourmet, eclectic cuisine. Heri's food has few rules and is executed in a relaxed, healthy style with an emphasis on flavor and freshness. His menu is constantly changing to accommodate local product and palate.
Moya is also home to the paintings of noted local artist Stephanie Verme, wife of Chef Heri Yunda and the co-owner and manager of Moya.
Stephanie is a native of Durham Connecticut and received her Fine Arts Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. After earning her degree, Verme relocated to New York City where she continued training at the Art Students League of New York under the tutelage of her mentor Stephen Greene, the American Modernist Painter.
Her time in New York was a critical period of artistic development and afforded her innumerable opportunities for creative expression. As a window display designer, her work was regularly seen in boutiques from Soho to Madison Avenue. She served as Scenic and Costumer Designer for many Off-Broadway productions, and was contracted as an Interior Design Consultant and Decorative Painter for several private residences throughout Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Verme's work is clearly influenced by her extensive travels throughout Europe, South America, and her year and a half of residence in Istanbul, Turkey.
Today, Stephanie works from her studio, which is co-located with the restaurant and the family residence on Race Street in Jim Thorpe.
24 Race Street
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-2004
M, Tu, Th 5p–9p
Reservations are generally necessary for parties of any size who plan to join us from May to September on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings.
While we can often accommodate guests without reservations at other times, we encourage you to make a reservation so that we can ensure you are promptly seated and serviced.
You can make reservations via this form up to 24 hours before the reservation date and time.
We regret that we cannot honor reservations made via this Web site less than 24 hours in advance.
Even during our busiest times, same-day and next-day weekend reservations are sometimes available by phone. In this case, or if you would like to inquire about a large group or special event, please contact us at 570-325-8530. We will do our very best to accommodate you.
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ABOUT RACE STREET
Moya is located in downtown Jim Thorpe on Race Street, in what is surely one of the most beautiful and historic settings in town. Just steps away from the Inn at Jim Thorpe and the other lodgings and attractions on Broadway, Race Street perfectly preserves the beauty and simplicity of the town as it appeared in the 1850's.
Race Street is named for its original purpose, a raceway that was diverted from Mauch Chunk Creek to power the turbine that drove a pre-industrial mill. The mill was destroyed in one of the many floods that ravaged the town more than a hundred years ago. The iron turbine that powered the mill was also wrecked by the flood and washed into the Lehigh Canal. During a period of drought, the turbine was located and recovered by local historians, and this amazing specimen of mid 19th-century technology can now be seen streetside outside the Mauch Chunk Museum on Broadway.
Race Street is home to the quaint and romantic "Stone Row" of hand-built townhouses whose construction dates to the 1840's. Built by hand from stone quarried from the adjacent hillside, these buildings were originally the homes of the laborers and craftsmen that occupied the town during the heyday of the mining era. Today, the stone townhouses of Race Street are today occupied by a local winery, antique shops, and fine artists, as well as artisanal food and gift purveyors.
Moya is situated directly opposite from St. Mark's Episcopal Church, which is surely among the town's most amazing architectural spectacles. Dating to 1867, the church reflects both the town's humble beginnings as well as the largesse of the many millionaires made by the region's mineral wealth.
Photograph by Mary Ann Photography.