'MP Taverna' New Happy-Hour Hot Spot; Offers $5 Wine

Crowds respond as Irvington's newest Happy Hour meeting place offers: wine at $5 per glass, 16-ounce draft beer at $4.50 and beef sliders at $1.50 each.

The new Greek-American eatery MP Taverna at One Bridge Street in Irvington is just a few steps away from the New York City (southbound) platform at the Metro North train station. Undoubtedly, this did not go unnoticed when owner Michael Psilakis and his partners decided to open the restaurant earlier this year.

“The closeness of the train station was a unique incentive for us to pay serious attention to having a happy hour,” Psilakis said. “We realized anyone headed to Manhattan by train for dinner or an evening show could stop at MP Taverna first.”

Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Three areas have been set aside at MP Taverna for Happy Hour visitors: (1) the bar, (2) the spacious cocktail lounge and (3) an open-air, wooden-plank, walled patio with tables that seat 20. The regular dinner menu is also available at these areas and includes a popular summer favorite: grilled watermelon with feta cheese sprinkled on top.

Last Friday night all three areas were packed to standing room only.

Highlights of the Happy Hour include wine at $5, draft beer at $4.50, champagne at $6, and sliders or oysters at $1.50 each. Draft beer is available (16 oz. at $4.50) and includes: Weihenstephaner Wheat Beer, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Radeberger Pilsner, Coney Island Lager, Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, Goose Island IPA and Keegan’s Mother’s Milk.

Menu details follow:
Happy Hour offerings for munching

  • Oysters, seasonal ($1.50 each)
  • Gyro-spiced beef sliders on buns ($1.50 each)
  • Gyro-spiced cheese/beef sliders on buns ($2 each)

Happy Hour wine, champagne and cocktails

  • Pinot Grigio, Gabriella, Italy, 2006 ($5)
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Fonteluna, Italy, 2008 ($5)
  • St. Champagne, St. Germain ($6)
  • Red sangria, by the glass ($6), five-glass pitcher ($24)
  • White sangria, by the glass ($6), five-glass pitcher ($24)
  • Anguouri, made with house-infused cucumber vodka ($6)

Black and white tile covers the floor in the lounge which has a white, marble-topped bar and four large tables that can seat 16. The bar area has ten rustic brass chandeliers that hang from an acoustical tiled, 13-foot ceiling, and two LCD television screens.

Popular music is piped into the cocktail lounge and outside patio areas. Psilakis expects singles and office workers will frequent Happy Hour as well as Big Apple train travelers.

MP Taverna opened in mid-May, 2012.

A free parking lot is available for Happy Happy or dinner participants. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling 914-231-7854.

The restaurant's hours are:
Lunch: Every day from noon to 3 p.m. Dinner:  Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Happy hour on Monday through Friday is from 4 to 6:30 pm.

MP Taverna is located at One Bridge Street in Irvington and is reached by driving across the traffic bridge over the railroad tracks. 

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Jerry Eimbinder July 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Happy hour goers: A great shot of the MP Taverna patio has been added to the set of photos accompanying this story.


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