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Kellari Taverna

19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
212-221-0144
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Ranked #1,740 of 11,622 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $60
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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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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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
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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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
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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

Rockville Centre, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have eaten here several times and it is always a pleasure. The pre-theater (or post for matinees) special menu from 4pm-7pm is a winner. Many choices of appetizers (we shared the spinach pie [2 nice pieces] and the excellent seafood salad), and entrees (the bronzino for my wife, the lamb chops [$5 extra] for me - both perfectly done... More

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ItalyLovers4Ever_10, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience and enjoyed our pre-theater menu. I 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... More

Boca Raton, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a good place to go if you have tickets to a show. Normally I'm not a big fan of going to theatre district restaurants. However this is better than most. The service was good, the food was better than average. The fish was very fresh., and the decor was also very nice. They will of course make sure... More

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ucfsteven, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had a positive experience and enjoyed our fresh fish, which we take a great deal of pride in. I hope to see you again soon. I also would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip... More

NY/NJ
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419 reviews 419 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

So, I was here with a large group of people in the back corner. Everything about the evening was OK. Teh staff was attentative but the set-up for drinks was cumbersome. The food was good but the speed of such was horrible. Some people got fed others were waiting. I tihnk our table waited almost an hour from apps to... More

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ucfsteven, 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 am greatly troubled by the fact that you did not have an enjoyable meal at my restaurant; I assure you that your experience was... More

Canberra
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food was high quality, tasted great and the Guilty Pleasure cocktail fantastic. The staff were all very friendly and efficient. The restaurant tables were very close together which lead to communication difficulty Not a place for a romantic or quiet night...although the conversation on the table next to us was very interesting.

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LouiseACT, 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 would also 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

Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant is Greek to the core - to the point that I had trouble understanding our waiter at times. The menu options weren't huge and ran strongly to seafood. I have never acquired a taste for squid or octopus, which limited my options. I had a steak that was good but cooked a little more than what I consider... More

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damonroad, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; I appreciate the fact that you gave Greek cuisine a chance. I am glad that you had a relatively positive experience. I would also 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

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