Details: Located at 31-29 Ditmars Boulevard Astoria, NY 11105. Official site is http://michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna/mp-taverna-astoria/#&panel1-3
MP Taverna is a Greek restaurant that makes Greek food with some small updates. I came here with some friends and was not disappointed.
We ordered some drinks first and they were fine. We then split an order of the Cypriot Lamb Sausage (comes with pita and yogurt) and the Octupus (with a Mediterranean chickpea salad). The sausages were good but that octopus… man oh man was that good. It was unbelievably tender and very likely the best octopus I’ve ever had. I think they must have braised it before putting it on the grill. However they made it, it was amazing. If you come here and don’t order that, you’ve wasted your trip.
We shared three entrees afterwards: the Greek Paella (shellfish, spicy lamb sausage over orzo), the mix grill (Cypriot lamb sausage, pork tenderloin, chicken, Greek pork sausage), and the grilled branzino (with fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olive).
The dishes were smaller than I’d hoped, but were still good. Everything was very tasty. However, that octopus… nothing comes close to that octopus.
Service was great. The waiters and busboys were all very nice.
Score: 7/10 Really good. Get that octopus. Nothing else on the menu is as good.