Is there a neighborhood in the civilized world that doesn’t deserve a good Cypriot salad and lamb sausages? Not according to Michael Psilakis, chef-owner of MP Tavernas in Roslyn, Irvington, Astoria, and, as of this month, Williamsburg. The newest location showcases the chef’s characteristic modern-Greek style, a blend of accessibility and authenticity evident in dishes like pasta with stewed goat and red wine, and grilled calamari with cauliflower and chickpeas (pictured above). Everything is meant to be shared — especially grilled whole fish and a selection of dry-aged steaks. The 120-seat rehabbed warehouse space is equipped with a live orange tree and a long quartz bar, which dispenses 20 draft beers, many of them local, plus house wines and sangria also on tap. This summer, Psilakis will open an adjacent live-performance space called the Hall at MP, with its own menu and large-format feasts.
MP Taverna Williamsburg, 470 Driggs Ave., nr. N. 10th St., Williamsburg; 929-250-2312
*This article appears in the May 4, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.