New York

Michael Psilakis's Kefi is the casual sister restaurant to the more upscale MP Taverna. The spot was a neighborhood success when it opened on 79th Street, inspiring Psilakis to upgrade to a larger, two-floor space on Columbus Ave. The Greek menu is approachable, featuring pita with tzatziki and taramosalata dips, mezze like grilled octopus and house-made Cypriot sausage, and protein-based entrées of grilled branzino and braised lamb shank.