MP Tavera is open for business May 11.
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., at North 10th Street., Williamsburg; 929-250-2312
And in Bushwick, Faro opens tomorrow!
The news that a chef in Bushwick is sourcing local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients for his New Brooklyn, Italian-leaning menu may come as a shock to no one. But Kevin Adey, who along with his wife Debbie is opening Faro next week on May 6 in a warehouse space once used to store works of art for MoMA, doesn’t stop there. The former Northeast Kingdom chef only purchases meat and fish from farmers and fishermen with whom he is on a first-name basis. He honors the animals he serves by using every bit of them in his cooking. He even mills the organic flour for his housemade bread and pastas like green-garlic lumache with fiddlehead ferns and favas. Although Adey didn’t personally forge the metal for the cutlery, or build the open kitchen’s wood-burning oven or the furniture that fills the rustic, 50-seat dining room, you get the impression he would have liked to had he had the time. As for front-of-the-house duties, that’s Debbie’s domain. Take a look at some of the dishes.
Faro, 436 Jefferson Street, nr. St. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick; 718-381-8201