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Kellari Taverna

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19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036 (Between 5th & 6th Aves)
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
212-221-0144
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Kellari Taverna is located in the heart of New York City, three blocks...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Greek -Primarily seafood

If you like fish, this menu is perfect. If not,you can get chicken or lamb,but that's it. Ambiance was lovely - wood surroundings, and very quiet. Truly authentic Greek foods -- with names like "yiouvetsi" (scallops, shrimp, mussels and clams over orzo) - small portion but perfect for me and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Barbara G
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Connecticut
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  • Large groups
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Redding, Connecticut, USA
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224 reviews 224 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I loved the atmosphere at Kellari - warm and comfortable. Lots of wood, and not overly crowded the night we went there. I liked the fact we could carry on a conversation without having to yell. Our waitress was lovely and very helpful. We found the menu enticing with many Greek specialties - many that were unfamiliar to us -... More 

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Baltimore
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98 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It was a special Orthodox Easter dinner, and we were excited to try the wonderful lamb on the spit outside, and the Yiouvetsi seafood. Unfortunately, we had to send both back after a long wait-- the lamb was mostly grit and bone, very little meat. Disappointing. The seafood was difficult to find! The second dishes did please us, but come... More 

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Connecticut
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27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you like fish, this menu is perfect. If not,you can get chicken or lamb,but that's it. Ambiance was lovely - wood surroundings, and very quiet. Truly authentic Greek foods -- with names like "yiouvetsi" (scallops, shrimp, mussels and clams over orzo) - small portion but perfect for me and delish. Waiter recommend a Greek white wine I was not... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The waiter made a number of special runs to the kitchen so we could eat in advance of the rest of our party to make our theatre time. The lamb on a stick was tender and tasty. Filet on toast was especially good and the roast chicken entrée was also good

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Jodhpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This taverna has a great atmosphere and they went the extra mile to fit us in (no reservation) before our theatre start time. The food was good, as was the wine and service and price was ok for a spot between 5th and Broadway

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We have gone to Kellari and always have great experience. Everything I've tried on the menu has been delicious. The staff always is freindly and helpful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Brilliant - we had a lovely meal made even better by the best service we received in any NYC restaurant. We had a lovely waiter who chatted with us about out trip - sent out some free food to taste and then the chef even came out to have a chat. Lovely people who care about the customer and their... More 

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NY NY
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77 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate here for a pre theatre price fixe dinner. The scallop risotto - the scallops were old and had a slight iodine flavor to them and the rice was gluey. The whole bass was nicely cleaned however there was scant seasoning and it was overcooked and on the dry side. Fortunately there was a bottle of decent olive oil... More 

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Hoover, Alabama
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142 reviews 142 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We sat at the bar, the bartenders were professional, friendly and hospitable. Ordered the fish soup and was told that they prepare it to order and that it takes 1 minutes. Well, waiting for over 25 long minutes I finally asked what is up with the soup. After another 5 minutes it was served by the Chef with an apology.... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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66 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I was a weary traveler in need of wifi and didn't want coffee. This place has a great bar, friendly staff, and fast wifi. Talk to Adil the bartender - he was extremely helpful, professional, and friendly. I'd go out of my way to come back here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
    (Between 5th & 6th Aves)
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-221-0144

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 60
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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