MP Taverna, Chef Michael Psilakis’s modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern, is an exciting addition to the Astoria dining scene. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, MP Taverna’s accessible menu offers mezes and salads like Crispy Cod with garlic, potato puree and tomato sauce; Octopus with a Mediterranean chickpea salad; Tomato Salad, string beans, grilled onions and Bulghar Salad with dates, almonds, pomegranate, olives and pistachios. Chef’s signature dips include Eggplant with roasted peppers and garlic; Yogurt with cucumber and dill and Feta with spicy chilies and herbs. Signature entrees available are Grilled Branzino with fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes and olives; Lamb Shank with orzo and root vegetables in a lamb jus and Greek Paella comprised of shellfish, spicy lamb sausage and orzo. Simply grilled options include Chicken, Salmon, Swordfish and a “Fish of the Day.” Weekend brunch features sweet and savory items like Ricotta Pancakes with caramelized apple, almonds, raisins and zabaglione sauce and Roasted Tomato skillet-baked eggs with sheep’s milk ricotta, Graviera, basil and garlic. Honoring the Greek tradition of food as a vehicle for gathering friends and family, Psilakis also offers roasted whole animals for large groups. Choices include Whole Fish, Baby Lamb, Suckling Pig, Kid Goat and Rack of Rib Steak. A late-night menu and happy hour specials are available daily. The value-driven wine list offers more than 50 bottles by the glass and a selection of 70 local and international craft beers are available on draft as well as by the bottle. Twenty artisanal beers are on tap including local favorites SingleCut Beersmiths and Rockaway Brewing Company as well as one international craft brewery, Schneider Aventinus. The restaurant also boasts a vast selection of more than 120 whiskies.
The interiors and ambiance of the 150-seat bi-level restaurant were designed by Michael David Associates in collaboration with Psilakis. The ground floor exudes a casual, industrial feel, replete with wood paneling and iron chairs. Glass accordion doors will open during the warmer months and a patio providing seating for 100 additional diners. For a more intimate feel, the second floor is outfitted with luxurious leather chairs, chandeliers over each table and floor-to-ceiling windows.