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Kellari Taverna

#1,318 of 11,430 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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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  • 72
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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
Fresh Greek

We were here for restaurant week and got to try this place out. It was very good food...the fish is very fresh and prepared well. The tastes are all authentic and the staff is very efficient and pleasant. Our meal was well worth it and we enjoyed it so much we felt like we were back in Athens.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Jolene H
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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152 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were here for restaurant week and got to try this place out. It was very good food...the fish is very fresh and prepared well. The tastes are all authentic and the staff is very efficient and pleasant. Our meal was well worth it and we enjoyed it so much we felt like we were back in Athens.

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Philadelphia
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is the tagline on the Kellari website, and it could not be more accurate. The friendly, and efficient waitstaff will accommodate people in a rush to dine before a Broadway show. The food is excellent. Management is attentive. The atmosphere in the large dining room is very open without too much noise. I recommend eating in the bar area... More 

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Redding, Connecticut
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Recently met a colleague for lunch here and must say I enjoyed the experience. The food was quite good and typically priced for NYC ($$$) but I thought the menu had a decent variety of entrees and lighter fare (interesting salads, sandwiches..) which worked well. I had the crab cake burger which was delicious and my friend chose the tuna... More 

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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Tried this as its close to our hotel. It's nicely done out and the staff are lovely but the food was pretty average. My wife had the chicken which was very dry and the broccoli side was rock hard and inedible. Desserts were good though. Quite expensive as well. Disappointed

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Huntington, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had a lovely experience recently at this upscale Greek NYC gem. You will receive a warm welcome and solicitous service. A delicious prix fixe meal for a reasonable NY price is just the ticket for a lovely supper before a Broadway show. A winning dessert is the chocolate tart served with vanilla ice cream. We were so happy to... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited this restaurant with a large group and let me just say "wow"!!! The staff was amazing and the food was fresh and delicious. If you enjoy Greek/Mediterranean food, this is it!

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Scarsdale, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

When I first walked in to this beautiful restaurant that is near the theater district I was sure it was going to break the bank. Most days and evenings they have a prixe fixed that is delicious and has generous portions. This place is a find and a restaurant that I love to bring clients to!! A must try!

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Vermont
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wonderful midtown restaurant. Amazing grilled fish. Terrific wine list. Great service. Make sure you make a reservation for this busy, consistently great restaurant.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Husband and I had reservations - arrived early so we decided to enjoy a martini at the bar. Drinks were great, complimentary cheese, olives and croutons were a nice snack. The service at the bar was fantastic so we decided to eat there instead of at a table. We got the octopus - a lot of other reviewers have mentioned... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We enjoyed a very good supper at the Taverna. We chose it because it was close to Sofitel and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The service was excellent and the food even better. My spouse and I decided to ask for some sharing plates rather than to have a more formal dinner. We ordered four dishes... More 

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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, Spanish, Greek, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, 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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Midtown
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