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Roslyn: MP Taverna turns down the volume

MP Taverna chef-owner Michael Psilakis. (June 23, 2011)

MP Taverna chef-owner Michael Psilakis. (June 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

The high decibel level that defined the new (and highly rated) MP Taverna in Roslyn didn't prevent chef-owner Michael Psilakis from hearing — or listening. Not only to what customers said but to what they wrote on comment cards. “Obviously, the biggest complaint has been the noise,” Psilakis said.

Accordingly, an acoustical engineer was brought in. Currently, the restaurant is in the midstage of an ongoing soundproofing process that should last another couple of months. Sound-absorbing panels have been applied to surfaces both downstairs and upstairs; ultimately, all walls will be covered with fabric padding. The ceiling will also be redone and there will be new lighting fixtures installed.

Psilakis had always conceived of the restaurant as a casual neighborhood gathering place, not a fine-dining establishment. But he agreed that the sound situation had reached a problematic point.  “When the noise starts to compete with conversation at the table, it goes beyond energy and into interfering with the dining experience,” he said.

The goal for future meals at MP Taverna: When you savor Psilakis’ ethereal dumplings with spicy lamb sausage, it should be your taste buds — not your ears — ringing.

MP Taverna is at 1363 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn; 516-686-6486.

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