About MP Taverna - Astoria
Michael Psilakis will bring his award-winning Greek-inspired cuisine to Astoria with the opening of MP Taverna, a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern. With locations in Long Island and Westchester, MP Taverna’s accessible menu brings Psilakis’ Greek fare into the American culinary lexicon and is another step towards the chef’s goal of putting Greek cuisine on the culinary main stage.
Astoria, NY 11105
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
MP Taverna - Astoria Ratings and Reviews
Came to restaurant for my daughter's birthday for brunch. Server did not come to our table for a long time, we had to ask for a server several times. Finally she came, drinks took over 15 minutes, we had to ask twice until finally they were brought over. The food took forever as well, and only three of us got our meal, they forgot one of the orders, we had to repeatedly ask where is "his food". The three of us were almost done with our meal when the last dish was brought out, without even as an apology. We all gave him a taste of our food. Finally when his food came, he didn't eat much of it. I asked to speak with a manager, but no one came to speak with us or ask us how was "anything". I didn't want to make my daughter feel bad, since she recommended this restaurant, so I did not make a stink about this whole issue, but I was very disappointed. In between the meal, our server was changed and she was very nice, but my overall experience was not pleasant to say the least. I hope this place gets their act together.
Disappointed. The food was ok, but didn’t deliver a culinary experience as I expected. Started off with three spreads and pita, chickpea, eggplant, and yogurt. I enjoyed two of the three and the warm pita. The main course was the special NP branzino. We found it way too salty with the olives and capers. It came with a few fingerlings, some not cooked through, and roasted cherry tomatoes. There was some char on the branzino, but not nearly enough for taste, and the lemon dressing was tasteless. Wine choices by the glass were of poor quality and had little body. We asked for a bit more pita during the entree and were charged, a mistake that an establishment shouldn’t make on a $100 bill if they want return customers. We traveled from Manhattan expecting a special experience. That won’t happen again. There were little or no ambiance, but the service was good although the waiter tried to push anything that was an extra or a bit more expensive.
Another great dining experience at MP a Taverna. Food (the swordfish special with red rub), Service (Rocky always the best) and ambiance make this our “go to” in Astoria. The Hospitality is evident in this restaurant as you are always greeted warmly at the door and recognized by the server even if you haven’t been in for a while. Can’t wait for our next time to join you.
MP's food is excellent - based on traditional Greek recipes/dishes, but with a twist. The beer offerings are also great, and go so well with any of the entrees. We always feel satisfied, and moreso -- generous portions. And the service was really outstanding.
Great updated Greek cuisine in a modern and welcoming environment. We have eaten at MP restaurants in both Astoria and Irvington many times, often with a group of 8-10 and have always had great experiences. The restaurant knows how to work with large groups, with terrific wait staff, follow-up by the local manager, and always terrific food choices. The grilled octopus and meatballs were a great addition to the dip appetizers and salads. Always energetic, if not a bit loud, but manageable, a "go to" restaurant for our entire family.
It was our first time at MP Taverna, and it definitely won't be our last. Our waiter, Aziz, was outstanding. Very friendly and helpful, and made sure we enjoyed our visit. He knows that menu inside out and will give you the best recommendations.
Greek Margarita was delicious and refreshing. The tapas we tried, and all the items recommended to us were great. Nice outdoor seating was the cherry on top.
Will definitely be back!
All of our meals were outstanding! The Lamb Risotto was very creamy and delicious! Our only disappointment was that MP was out of Baklava! Our meal was still complimented by the amazing fruit Cremé Brûlée instead! We will be back and hopefully there will be Baklava! Lol
Back to MP again with friends. It does not disappoint
Food very good, service great, no downside since my last review of the place a few years ago
Mezes great, fish very good, octopus grilled just right, and not very Greek, but the sangria went down very easily...
We really enjoyed our experience here. The service was great and the atmosphere was friendly.
We came for summer restaurant week and 2 of us got food items off the restaurant week menu and 2 of us got food items off the regular menu.
The sampler dip was absolutely delicious and was enough for the four of us. I also had the grilled octopus which was cooked properly, tender and tasty. The rest of the dishes however were a bit under seasoned. I had the fusilli dish and another friend had the risotto, which both had feta cheese and we still added salt and pepper. The smashed potato fries were really crunchy and tender at the same time but also required some salt.
Went here for a "pre-theatre" Sunday brunch with my husband. Food was excellent. The service was a little slow, but I blame that on three large parties that were having brunch the same time as we were. No one's fault and the limited staff that was working were doing an admirable job. Will definitely eat here again, but maybe not during Sunday brunch hours.
Was somewhat disappointed in the food. Appetizers were tiny. Main dish came with only one side and portions were small. My swordfish was ok if a bit oily. Broccoli rabe was mostly stems. The smashed fries were tasty and a fun thing to munch in. Noise level was a bit high. To eat something small and sit at the bar would probably work better. Overall not the best choice I have made. My friends agreed.
We live in the neighborhood and MP has become one of our favorite go-to spots. Not only is the happy hour fantastic, but the food and service are really excellent as well. They offer so many "do not miss" appetizers and entrees that I almost want to say "do not miss...the menu." Particular favorites are the octopus appetizer and the lamb dumplings, which is an entrée but when we're with a group, we always order it to share. In the summers, the sidewalk dining is very nice and it's always fun to grab a seat at the bar. Finally, I can't say enough for the staff...friendly, professional, and accommodating. A truly great experience. I will never eat Greek food in Manhattan again.
Mixed review, waitress was pleasant but forgot to serve our salad until the main meal came out and we questioned her about it. I had swordfish and it was extremely over salted. Smash fries were terrific though. My husband did enjoy his steak and Greek sausage. I have been to several MP Taverna restaurants and I find there food inconsistent. I love Mediterranean food but I am not willing to give them another chance.
Was a bit disappointed with the service. I made a reservation and asked specifically for a table outside. When I got there, he checked my reservation and started leading us to a table inside. I was eventually able to get a table outside but it was the last one left and was directly in the sun with no umbrellas. We asked if they had another umbrella and they didn't and (obviously) they couldn't take an umbrella away from another table. It was really hot and uncomfortable and, honestly, disappointing that they didn't have a nice outside table set up for us to begin with.
As always, the food was incredible. But, once our food and drinks arrived we never saw our waiter again. We were celebrating a birthday and would have loved another round or two of drinks but he never came back. We waited around a while after finishing our meal and eventually we just flagged him down, got the check, and got drinks/dessert somewhere else.
The food was very good in general. The Octopus appetizer was SPECTACULAR! The best I have ever had. The service was terrible. We had to remind the waitress repeatedly and alert the manager that we had still not received our drinks, bread or appetizers an hour after we sat down. This was a weeknight and while the restaurant was lively it was certainly not packed. The entree was then brought out immediately after the appetizers so clearly the timing was off. We were told by a staffer that they were training a new waitress that evening. Having a drink less than an hour in, certainly would have taken the edge off. Smart business would have been to offer us some small compensation for our unreasonably long wait. A complimentary dessert or aperitif perhaps? I honestly don't care about the freebie beyond it being an acknowledgment that our time and inconvenience was worth something. I do not blame the waitress, she was running constantly. The restaurant seemed poorly managed. With the manager (I'm assuming it was not the owner as I certainly would have expected better) spending the bulk of his time chatting with a table in the back and seemingly unconcerned with anyone else. The food as I said was quite good and the restaurant was lovely so I might give them another try to see if it was just an off night, but I have seen some similar reviews.
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