Permanently Closed - MP Taverna - Astoria

4.3
547 reviews
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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Casual Elegant
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Greek
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(718) 777-2187
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LT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed. thankfully they called the day before to tell me. Sadly i could not cancel on opentable as it would not allow me and would not connect.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service amazing

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

My wife and I have dined here a few times and it’s always great but yesterday (Mother’s Day) was horrible!! The appetizers weren’t brought out all at once, the entrees started coming out before the last appetizer was brought out, a bottle of wine took 30min to bring out, they forgot my daughter’s plate, they forgot my daughter’s desert, the waitress spilled a drink on one of our people on the table!! Hope this doesn’t happen next time!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was a great facilitator to the evening, offering tastes of wines and recommendations for dishes. You feel like a regular on your very first visit.

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SV
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

we went because we read something about them offering a traditional Greek easter dinner. That wasn't the case but the lamb chops were delicious . Everything was. The only thing was the grilled octopus was overcooked and chewy. Ill go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food is terrible

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

always consistent, always comforting. great service, pleasant atmosphere. best octopus dishes in Queens.

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e
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the location staff and food

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EJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was just OK. The ambience is deli-like and it was pretty cold (and asking for the temp to be raised didn't help). It's basically a nice neighborhood restaurant but not worth a trip to.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everyone ordered something different. As the plates came out, the presentation of each dish was lovely! Although some dishes were a bit on the salty side, everything was delicious. The crab risotto was amazing as was the Greek paella. All the appetizers were also delicious. The portions were also impressive, especially the paella.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nic Valentines Day dinner. Food was fire and nice setting.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Main course took over an hour to come after the apps came.

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DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our food was served quickly and was delicious. We were there for brunch and the servers were great at coming around and refilling our mimosas.

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V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pricey for the food it offered, so no real value for money

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We tried out the restaurant during the restaurant week and was pretty empty when we arrived during Sunday noon. The service was good but the food was meh, my friend ordered the risotto and I got the shrimp fra diavolo, the risotto was ok but the diavolo was a tragedy, too spicy to put in your mouth. I get that menu does mentioned there's hot chipotle sauce inside but it's really way too much.

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TJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was great however the room temperature was warm on the 2nd level. The waitress did everything to accommodate us but there were other customers who wanted the window closed. The bottom line choose a table on the lower level.

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MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always wanted to try this place and Restaurant Week gave us the opportunity to finally do so. Delicious lamb risotto and a lovely evening overall.

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JB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was just fine. However, in Astoria, "fine" should not cut it when there are so many wonderful restaurants within a lamb shank's throw of MP Taverna on Ditmars.

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food, as usual, was terrific. However, unfortunately, the waitress was incredibly rude and short with us. This included scowling at someone at our table ordering a martini with a specific vodka and a "twist of lime" and pushing my wife to get a bottle of wine instead of a glass, even though she was the only one having wine. While this was not our usual experience here, we had brought friends from out of town for a good meal and her attitude kind of put a damper on that. Otherwise, the food was, as always, a definite positive.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Dan was fantastic as was the food! MP Taverna is an Astoria staple and I keep going back.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale and cozy!! Rare combination done well. Good food not overdone, friendly service.

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and excellent service- just too cold at the tables by the windows..

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. New twists on classic Greek dishes. Portions are a good size and everything tastes great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. We always have a good time at MP thanks to the good service and the ambiance of the place. Highly recommended.

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Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always delicious, always great service. Would definitely recommend to others!!!

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DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent neighborhood gem with very good service and a comfortable environment. Sit upstairs for views overlooking the streets with particularly well constructed fish dishes and Greek standards!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I was very disappointed in this restaurant. I made reservations well in advance for my 2 grown children’s birthdays. They sat us in a corner where the 5 of us squeezed in and I was against a cold window and had to keep my coat on. I had asked for a better table and the waitress responded that the upstairs was closed!
The food was average and the service was less than average and we waited a very long time for our meals. We just wanted to leave after eating but to apologize for everything above the waitress brought over 2 desserts with candles which was very nice but didn’t make up for the bad experience at MP Taverna.

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g
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Excellent food & service. Aziz was a absolutely wonderful server. My fifth visit and we'll be back!

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NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed our food and cocktail (only one of us drank), and the service was excellent. Our two top was tightly enough wedged between others that the person behind me kept banging into the back of my chair. More of an issue for us was the dreary old Motown playlist - every song overfamiliar, and unnecessary to hear again. No surprises in the bunch. There's so much great Greek music - why not play that? Is it necessary for the environment to be so deadeningly pedestrian and middle-of-the-road, even though it's Queens?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great thanksgiving menu, service, and environment!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food every time I’ve been here. Service on the other hand has always been ok. Except this time. I will attribute it to being a holiday (Thanksgiving)but I have to say it was very disappointing. I am very understanding during the holidays, but I do still believe certain basics should be expected during any dining experience. Great food but use your judgement when choosing this place, dependent on the dining experience you are looking for.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The upstairs needs to be available and not kept for special groups. The upstairs was always avail when it first opened and now there is always an excuse as to why I can't sit upstairs. The dining experience is much better upstairs and it needs to be an option.

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d
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is an excellent Greek taverna. The dining area is pleasant, but with the emphasis more on the food itself than on fancy decor. In addition to offering most of the dishes you would expect, there also are some interesting dishes created by chef Michael Psilakis. Service was willing and helpful.

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for a 50th Birthday!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meal, attentive staff, quick service.

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e
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food service a staple

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Greek fare. Freshly prepared by attentive staff.

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j
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Np Taverna
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.

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