In Greek Astoria, a Chef Brings It Home

At two-month-old MP Taverna, TV chef Michael Psilakis has brought an updated spin on Greek cooking to New York's Greek heartland of Astoria, Queens.

Expect homey fare like his knockout Grandma's Greek Meatballs and spicy pork sausage alongside surprises like a refreshing, fruit- and nut-studded bulgur salad (pictured) and a take on paella made with orzo and a ton of shellfish, Chowhounds report. MP Taverna, which joins sister restaurants in Westchester and Long Island, also offers a bar scene—with bar-friendly bites like gyro sliders.

Photo from Michael Psilakis / Facebook