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Kellari Taverna

19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
212-221-0144
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Price range: $25 - $60
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Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, Tapas
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between 5th & 6th Aves
Transit: Subway: F, D, B, M; 42nd St. - 6th Avenue 4, 5, 6, 7; Grand Central St N, R, Q; 42nd St. - 7th Avenue Railroad: Long Island Railroad; Long Island and Queens Metro-North; Westchester, Putnam & Connecticut New Jersey Transit; New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia
Description: Kellari Taverna is located in the heart of New York City, three blocks from Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District. The dining room decor evokes a subterranean wine cellar designed with contemporary elegance. Kellari features the traditional Greek taverna specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops and meats, and an eclectic selection of contemporary Hellenic savory appetizers ("mezedes") created by our Corporate Executive Chef, Gregory Zapantis. Our menu also features a variety of Greek cheeses, baked or flamed 'Saganaki' style, as well as a selection of Raw and Marinated seafood. The Kellari dessert menu includes innovative specialties such mastiha pudding and warm sokolata with halva ice cream as as well as traditional favorites such as Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Kellari Taverna offers an extensive international wine list featuring the largest selection of Greek wines available in any U.S. restaurant. About 24 wines are available by-the-glass.
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Boston
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We chose Kellari for their good reviews and close proximity to the Belasco Theatre. Having had so-so dinners around Times Square, I did have low expectations. However, the food was outstanding, from appetizers to dessert. We ordered off the pre-theater menu. I enjoyed my salmon tartar and my sea bass was simple and fresh, perfectly cooked; my husband said his... More

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Pleasant Valley, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Kellari was recommended to my wife and I by The Library Hotel as we were looking for somewhere close and intimate. My diet is restricted but our server, Marco, was very understanding and made sure the food was prepared to my dietary needs. Great service in a cozy atmosphere! We will definitely be back and also recommend it to our... More

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

irishcoach, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that we were able to accommodate all your needs and that you had an overall positive experience. I hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I can honestly say it was one of my favorite meals and favorite fish dishes I've ever had. And I've eaten a lot of fish. It was fresh, clean, simple and absurdly delicious. While it is a bit pricey it's worth every penny. Will definitely be going back!

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

isabelle b, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh fish, so I am very happy that you enjoyed your meal. I hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip... More

Stockton on Tees
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Had the fixed price lunch menu and the food was lovely, fresh & tasty. Started with calamari which was tender and cooked to perfection. Followed by lobster ravioli which again was gorgeous. Topped off with delicious sorbet. Not the largest portions but just what you need for a lunch that doesn't leave you stuffed for the rest of the day.

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

AviXan, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience and hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer feedback is pivotal to ensuring that we continue to produce quality... More

cincinnati
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My spouse and I dropped in to this Greek restaurant after out previous plans fell through and this place was pretty good. We ordered the grilled calamari, roasted whole sardines and tuna tartare. All three dishes were very good and the staff was very nice. Would definitely return!

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

godivachocolate2, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood and it is great to hear that you had a positive experience. We hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on... More

Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I come here with my Aunt. The food is good -- and there is (free) great cheese, bread, and olives at the bar which you are welcome to bring to your table while you're waiting for food. There's a pre-theater prix-fixe menu that has a decent selection and a good price. Mediterranean menu -- I guess famous for their fish,... More

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

katthewolf, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience and I hope to see you back again soon. I also would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Your feedback is pivotal to ensuring that we continue to produce... More

Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I know that the point of pre theatre menus is to be quick and. It to expensive but I think there should be some heart put into the food. We did not order from the pre theatre menu but rather from the regular menu but that doesn't seem to matter. The scallop and risotto appetizer started well - the scallop... More

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

cdnfamilytraveller, Thank you for dining at Kellari, as well as taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer feedback is pivotal to ensuring that situations such as these do not happen again. I will certainly bring these issues to the attention of my staff. I am greatly troubled by the fact that you did not have an... More

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Wonderful service. Outstanding fish. A fun place to dine. I would definitely go back. The chocolate mousse dessert was not to my liking.

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Stavros A, Manager at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

Christine S, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience; we take a great deal of pride in providing our customers with the freshest fish and ingredients. I hope to see you again soon. I also would like to thank you for taking the time to write... More

College Station, Texas, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here a few times and find the service and food to be terrific. Go with the waiter's recommendation on fish. There are definite flavor and texture differences to be experienced!

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

ProfD81, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience and hope to see you again soon. I also would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Your feedback is pivotal to ensuring that we continue to produce quality food... More

Valparaiso, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our hotel concierge had given us the name of this restaurant to go to. We made reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter though was less than attentive. We had to ask 5 times for butter before it appeared. I asked about whether the Black Sea bass is the same as regular sea bass and instead of checking, he told... More

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Stavros A, Owner at Kellari Taverna, responded to this review

Ellen O, Thank you for dining at Kellari, as well as taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer feedback is pivotal to ensuring that situations such as these do not happen again. I will certainly bring these issues to the attention of my staff. I am greatly troubled by the fact that you did not have... More

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