We were walking on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, when we noticed MP Taverna, a fairly big place serving Greek cuisine. Little we knew that this is one of the many restaurants of Chef Michael Psilakis and that we would have a great brunch there. The restaurant, with its rustic decor dominated by large windows, was not that crowded, allowing us to enjoy a quiet meal.
We started off our meal with their trio of dips, served with some grilled pita. The dips, very good and a bit addictive, were: eggplant, yogurt and chickpea. I definitely recommend this appetizer.
For her entree, Jodi picked the MP salad, made with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olive, onion (she asked for no onion), feta, peppers and a red wine vinaigrette.
On my side, I chose the country "cast iron" breakfast is made of 3 baked eggs, Greek pork sausage, bacon, roasted tomato, potatoes a la plancha, grilled pita and a small portion of MP salad. The presentation of the plate was really nice, rustic with the cast iron skillet, and quite appetizing. It was a great deal for $16 and surely a lot of food. I loved the Greek pork sausage that was succulent, and it was in fact my favorite part of the dish. The eggs could have been slightly less cooked for me, as I like a runny yolk, but otherwise, it was a very good brunch option.
MP Taverna is a good place for brunch: the food there is fairly good and prices are not outrageous. I would certainly go there to try their dinner menu, especially after I saw that they have a Greek paella made with orzo that looks very interesting...
Enjoy (I did)!
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MP Taverna - 3129 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11105