This year, we changed our lunch location to nearby Irvington, a quaint village noted as the home of Washington Irving. Restaurant research in that area is both challenging and enjoyable as there are so many possible options. In the end, we decided on MP Taverna, a modern, Greek restaurant, located in a renovated, riverside warehouse district.
Although the lunch menu is much more limited than the dinner menu, there are still plenty of choices.
The decor is contemporary, and without the usual Greek restaurant kitsch.
The service was smooth and professional but not intrusive.
We were brought a basket of excellent crusty bread and a cruet of olive oil. I decided to indulge in a special drink, a "Ste. Champagne", which mixed sparkling wine with elderflower liqueur. I enjoyed it, but would only do this once every 45 years.
We ordered appetizers to share: first, a trio of dips, consisting of tzatziki, eggplant, and a very dense hummus. Second, fried calamari and chickpeas. Both were enjoyable but not out of this world.
I ordered a bottle of Moschofilero Boutari, a white wine from the Peloponesse. It was fresh, crisp and clean. Above all, it was among the least expensive bottles on the wine list.
Our kinfolk chose brews from the extensive and varied beer menu.
Upon ordering our main courses, we went down different paths. Niece J. asked about the fish of the day and on hearing it was bluefish, requested it. I believe that she enjoyed it.
G. ordered the "Dumplings" which are basically gnocchi, with nuggets of spicy lamb sausage and bits of spinach, in a delicious but quite picante tomato sauce. I had the same, and although I'm accustomed to spicy food, the "heat" was excessive.
Sra. Cuevas got a pork souvlaki, which proved to be very substantial as well as delicious, (the otherwise tempting "Smashed" fried potatoes very oversalted.) and the additional shrimp, greens and bulgar salad had to be wrapped for take home.
|Shrimp, greens, bulgar salad|
|Apple Baklava "Napoleon"|
|Galaktoboureko "Parfait"- Meh!|
Ambience: Smart, contemporary executive
Price: $$$$$ La Cuenta, before tip. It can be done for much less if you eschew alcoholic brews.
Bottom line: Nice place for drinks and a few appetizers.