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Kellari Taverna

19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
212-221-0144
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Ranked #1,803 of 11,579 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $60
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Ok, so forget the corny title of the review. This restaurant is a really fun place to have dinner before the theatre. It looks like a Greek marketplace, with seafood and vegetables nicely displayed. The food is really very good - nice fresh salads, great grilled sardines, mouth watering salmon tartare and daily fish selections. This is my fourth time... More

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Chuluota, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Read the great reviews for this restaurant and I love Greek food so decided to give it a try. Lovely, warm atmosphere, excellent food selection but our waiter treated us as if we were invisible. We practically had to beg him for the littlest courtesies. Always makes me wonder what the restaurant managers are doing-certainly not checking on the guests.

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

PeggyJoe, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna, 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 with regularity. These issues have been brought to the attention of my staff. While I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food... More

Kangaroo Island, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Initial impression was vibrant, buzzy. Business lunch crowd. We opted to choose from the impressive-sounding prix fixe menu and our order was taken promptly. Water, bread and a selection of olives, radishes and yoghurt were placed on the table. All good so far. However, the grilled calamari entree was tough and boring, despite a pretty presentation, and the wine we... More

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

Helen B., Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna, as well as taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer feedback is pivotal to ensuring that we do not repeat the mistakes we made during your visit. My staff has been made aware of these issues. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood,... More

New Jersey USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Had dinner there recently. Forgot a package, Called restaurant up within 30 minutes. They had package, I informed them I was on a train but would be back in NYC in 2 weeks. They said they would hold the package, put my name on it. Called them now to say that I would be in NYC next day. They could... More

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

Berwin2, Thank you for dining at my restaurant. Please accept our sincerest apologizes for misplacing your package. Our carelessness is inexcusable and we should have kept a closer eye on it while you were away. Please contact Nick at the restaurant (212 221 0144), we would like to make up for our error. Best Regards, Stavros Aktipis (Owner) More

Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We only had a week in New York and left our restaurant experience to our last night. We checked out the trip advisor ratings and the Kellari Taverna came up pretty high. Sometimes you can be disappointed, but I am happy to say that the strong reviews were certainly justified. The food was fantastic and we loved the Guilty Pleasure... More

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

Canberrabob, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; I am thrilled that you were able to end your trip to NYC with an enjoyable meal at Kellari Taverna. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood, so it is great to hear that you had a positive experience; I hope you will return next time you visit... More

Arundel, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We ate here by chance on 3rd September just because it was in walking distance of our Club, far better inside than out the atmosphere was loud, friendly and Mediterranean with an American twist. Lovely fresh fish display, comfortable seating good wine list and large menu. Good Greek selections but plenty of choice for those who prefer other foods. I... More

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

kasieharry, I am so glad that you stumbled upon Kellari Taverna! Thank you for dining at my restaurant; we take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood, so it is good to hear that you had a positive experience. I hope to see you back again soon. I also would like to thank you for taking the time... More

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went several times, as it is 1 block from the Princeton Cluib where I stay, The sea food is outstanding, and greek specialities like ZAZIKI (yoghourt and cucumber) are hard to find elesewhere, I saw on ice an anourmous shrimp like animal I had never seen. Asaked, and was told it was Madagascar Shrimp. Almost lobster sized, I asked... More

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

Joseph L, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciated. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood, so 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... More

Kansas
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194 reviews 194 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Pre-theater dining was a disappointment at Kellari Taverna. The place looks great and the bartender was great for a pre-dinner drink, but things went down hill after that. Once we were seated, it took forever for the waiter to appear and then re-appear after taking our drink orders. When we got the menus, they were different then the ones posted... More

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ben17a, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna, as well as taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Customer feed back is pivotal to ensuring that negative experiences like yours do not happen regularly. I have brought these issues to the attention of my staff and managers. I am greatly troubled by the fact that you did... More

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

Touchbase, 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 glad that you had an enjoyable meal. I will let my waitstaff know of your compliments and I hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for... More

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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