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Kellari Taverna

19 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
212-221-0144
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Ranked #1,713 of 11,588 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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Little Rock, Arkansas
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We dined here prior to going to the theater, and it was a wonderful experience. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcome. We sat near the open kitchen and there was a display of fresh fish and lobsters on ice; you could actually see how fresh the food was!They have a marvelous pre-theater menu which includes two or... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Great for pre or post theatre - varied menu selections - scallops, sea bass and roast chicken excellent - friendly service.

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Eugene, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is excellent but expensive. Situated near the famous historic Algonquin Hotel, it offers excellent Greek food. Aside from the atmosphere being a little stuffy, the food was excellent and the wait staff friendly and professional. If you have the big bucks and you want to impress somebody take them to Kellaris lunch.

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

richard a, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna; we are so glad that you could visit us during your trip to NYC. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood and good service, so I am happy to hear that you had a positive experience. I hope you stop in again the next time you are... More

nj
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were celebrating a birthday and did get a very nice table but as we were seated we received menus but the waiter never asked if we would like drinks. I've never had that happen before in any restaurant . I assumed he would come back in a minute to ask about drinks but instead he disappeared for quite some... More

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

mmr13, 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 like this do not happen on a regular basis. I have taken up the issue with my staff. Although the first part of your experience did not go as well as... More

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We may have enjoyed our timne here as much as anywhere. The atmosphere was warm, the music nice but not too looud to preclude conversation. We had a chance to meet with high school friends and we were not hurried but allowed to enjoy our time together. The food was very good with an emphasis on Greek food but there... More

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

cpc315, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna. I am glad to hear that you were able to catch up with old friends and enjoy your meal. We try to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere and it appears that we have accomplished that; we hope to see you again the next time you're in town. I would also like to... More

Tel Aviv, Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a very nice returant with healthy fresh food, I was there twice and most of menu was delicious tip: come to eat there at lunch time, there is meal with 3 courses in a special price, market fish on the grill is perfect, and also all Greek desserts

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

MikiBerko, Thank you for dining at my restaurant; your patronage is greatly appreciate. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood, so I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch while in town. We hope to see you again the next time you are in NYC. I would also like to thank you for taking... More

New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were sitted immediately upon our arrival amd in a very friendly manner. Very good waiter and service was very attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent and cooked to our very specific requests, which included a reassurance from the executive chef -- a gesture more akin to a chef-owned restaurant. We had impression that all were focused on deliverying... More

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

Chris T, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna; your patronage is greatly appreciated. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood and authentic Greek fare, so I am very happy 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... More

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

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

Kathryn H, Thank you for dining at Kellari Taverna, your patronage is greatly appreciated. We take a great deal of pride in our fresh seafood and authentic decor, so I am very happy to hear that you had yet another positive experience. We hope to see you back again soon. I would also like to thank you for taking the... More

Chuluota, Florida
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 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

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