'Michael Psilakis' on Serious Eats

MP Taverna: Not Your Average Astoria Greek Restaurant

In interviews, Michael Psilakis has made clear that MP Taverna, his casual restaurant brand now in Astoria, features a more visceral, less cerebral approach to Greek food. That doesn't mean the menu is dumbed down or made less "ethnic." It means you're happy that the kitchen is generous with that pita, because those stray licks of olive oil on the plate won't finish themselves. More

Michael Psilakis' Guide to Greek Food and Ingredients in New York City

You could call Michael Psilakis one of New York's ambassadors of Greek cuisine. As the son of a first generation traditional Greek family on Long Island, Psilakis learned to roast whole lambs on a spit at a young age, and these days is busy maintaining his restaurants in the city and surrounding area. After the jump: his guide to the best Greek shopping and eating in the city. More

Fish Tag: Surprising Seafood Renditions on the Upper West Side

Michael Psilakis's Fish Tag is a fish restaurant that's an awful lot more than a fish restaurant. In what sense? Well, though just about every dish on the menu includes seafood, an awful lot of dishes include something else, too: in your tour through this ocean, you'll find headcheese and chorizo, spicy lamb and guanciale. Ordering at Fish Tag can be an overwhelming experience—either exciting or vexing, depending on your mood, but overwhelming either way. Still, many of the unexpected elements work in Fish Tag's favor. More

Cook the Book: 'How to Roast a Lamb'

Sometimes it seems like no cuisine is as underappreciated as Greek cuisine. It's a food culture with a long and glorious history of fresh Mediterranean ingredients, but why has it been relegated to the ranks of soggy spanakopita and wilted Greek salads, heavy with greying black olives and stinky feta? Psilakis started in the front of the house, waiting tables in a T.G.I. Friday's. This cuisine is crying out for a champion and Michael Psilakis is just the man for the job. Raised in a food-focused first generation Greek-American family in Long Island, New York, Psilakis was a late bloomer in the restaurant world. Unlike most chefs, Psilakis started in the front of the house, waiting tables in a T.G.I.... More

Mia Dona's Prices Are Shockingly Moderate

When's the last time you were shocked by how reasonable the prices are at a fancy-pants restaurant? Mia Dona, Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpeia's newly opened, more-Italian-than-not restaurant on East 58th Street, has prices so low that I could have... More

A Tale of Two Restaurants

Sometimes food writers get invited to preview meals at restaurants that are about to open. These are called Friends and Family Meals, and they are often fascinating and frustrating experiences. Six weeks ago I was invited to one such... More

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