Kellari Taverna
Kellari Taverna

Kellari Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kellari.us/
  • Phone: 2122210144x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm-11:30pm; Friday & Saturday 4:00pm to midnight; Sunday: 5pm-11pm.
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Zapantis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our goal is to make sure that your event, or a Private event at your house, is a great success. We bring our Greek hospitality to you and make sure your event runs smoothly and without a hitch.
  • Private Party Facilities: Kellari offers a range from semi-private, to full buyout options. Events range from cocktail & hors d'oeuvres to seated coursed dining. Lunch, Dinner & Brunches...Baby & Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Graduation & Birthday Parties & any event that calls for a celebration.

    •MAIN ROOM seats 120
    •WINE ROOM 50-80 persons
    •ZANTE ROOM 35-50 persons
    •BAR LOUNGE 10-50 persons
    •FULL BUYOUT seats 220
  • Private Party Contact: Vivian Schmidt 212-221-0144x
  • Entertainment: Live jazz music for Sunday brunch.
  • Special Events: •WINE ROOM 50-80 people
    •ZANTE ROOM up to 45 people
    •BAR LOUNGE 10-50 persons
    •DINNING ROOM seats 220

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th & 6th Aves
  • Public 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
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking on the street from 6:00PM - Midnight, Monday – Saturday using the New York MUNI meters. Sunday is FREE all day.



    Indoor parking:
    Hippodrome Garage is conveniently located 50 West 44th Street between 5th and 6th and gladly provides Kellari guests with discounts on already low daily and monthly parking rates. Night and weekend parking is cheaper.
A word from Kellari Taverna
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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Kellari Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
368 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (132)good for groups (119)special occasion (107)neighborhood gem (99)great for lunch (84)romantic (73)notable wine list (48)vibrant bar scene (44)great for brunch (36)late-night find (30)hot spot (25)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great Greek
    ElsasolseatsVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We were late. They were lovely. Lunch was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Pretheater dinner is wonderful, well priced with interesting diversified choices. And a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Painfully noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've been to Kellari at least 20 times over the last few years and have always enjoyed the food and the general ambience. However, the noise level has become unbearable and it's almost impossible to have a conversation. New York actually seems quiet when you leave the restaurant. The tables feel like they are now packed too closely together and the space itself could use some noise insulation. I may go back, but only very early or very late in the evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but service lacking
    cmd108VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food is pretty good here, but the service was very slow and they forgot an entree. No server even noticed that an entree was missing and it took several minutes before we got someone's attention. I'm not sure how this gets missed, there were only 3 of us and the person whose meal was forgotten had a full conversation with the waitress about which entree to order. Bizarre. In addition, our lunch took over 1.5 hours due to delays in getting food. This is not appropriate on a weekday.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We enjoyed the food and service, but will not return for business lunch due to the noise level. I do not like to shout across the table.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Love Kellari for Lunch
    Food2Live
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our 7th visit and Kellari still provides us with the most delicious meal along with wonderful service. It's such a beautiful restaurant and is on a lovely street close to 5th Ave on 44th St. The lunch specials are always so delicious and plentiful. We have already made another reservation for a lunch with friend for two week from now.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious.
    CindyG
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The price fix menu was great. We were going to the theater and appreciated the quick service and delicious food. The fish is incredibly fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • get the prix fixe
    Benny
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The ala carte menu is quite expensive but the prix fixe is quite reasonable and, unlike many such menus, is well thought out with a wide range of excellent dishes. Fish is their thing and that too is well represented. Don't expect a quite meal as the restaurant is quite noisy. You will have a good dining experience with tasty and well thought out preparations including the deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    RuprichtVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Uneven, uncaring service. This is a food factory. Very crowded, many groups, a place to go before theater for those who are not fussy about service or food. The Greek salad was good although mass produced. This was our second and last time
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good (but not great) food
    DDeanVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went to Kellari Taverna on Saturday night. It's beautiful! Unfortunately, the food was not as good. We both ordered the prix-fixe dinner. I had the spinach pie and the orzo with clams, shrimp and scallop. It was good. My husband ordered the sea bass, which he said was tasteless. Even worse, he got a mouthful of bones in every bite. The woman sitting next to us had a similar problem with her sea bass. Our waiter was pleasant and well meaning but not terribly knowledgeable about the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good mid-town pre-theater value
    rdrd
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had an excellent pre-theater dinner here. What was especially striking to us was the alternatives they had on the prix-fixe pre-theater menu. We had an excellent salmon tartare appetizer and a fine grilled whole lavraki, the types of choices that we seldom see on mid-town pre-theater menus. All dishes were well prepared. Service was OK but nothing special, though we didn't need much help. We'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Elegant Constant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Kellari is consistently good; food, wine, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kellari never disappoints
    HappygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Another visit to Kellari and again we were thoroughly pleased - the fish perfectly cooked- and the prix fix menu is reasonably priced with a nice variety of selections - even the spanakopita tastes like homemade- !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going down fast....
    Foodie280VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Both the food and service has severely been downgraded during the last few months. One example is that I denied crackers to eat with my salmon tartare. Instead my option was to eat it with a fork or a thick slice of bread. Yet, leaving the restaurant I noticed there were crackers on the bar for guests to help themselves with cheese. We were also not offered a coffee refill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maria
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Although there is not a scenic view, the ambiance is very pleasing to the eye.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely coming back!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were recommended this restaurant from a local NY'er and it sure did not disappoint!! Food was amazing, service was fantastic! Our waiter was so pleasant and helped us choose our dishes. The ambiance was warm and cozy even though its a spacious restaurant. I would definitely come back to Kellari next time I am in NY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seasood in midtown
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    From the moment you walk in, you are greeted and treated like a VIP. There are at least 3 people servicing your table throughout dinner, always refilling you water or drinks without having to ask. The food is the main 5 star experience. I always get the sea bass- it is most light and could not be more fresh. I have been there for their Lobster Sundays, which is fun, but their pre-fix theater menu is a deal in NYC, and all the fish is fantastic. You cannot go wrong. They were even so kind when I checked in and tweeted I was at KellariNYC, they found our table and brought us complementary Prosecco. Very classy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • linnieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    overpriced by far, service was pathetic...food was good but there are better places to go to be overcharged and wait 30 minutes for the first salad course.
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  • GayleeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Visited this restaurant after a broadway show. Food was delicious-had the pre-fix dinner which had a nice amount of selections. The bass was delicious. I had the scallops for an appetizer which was very good. We had great service from our waiter and nice ambiance. Definitely a great place near the Time Square area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Theatre
    MichaelEVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Kellari is a bit out of place for weekend theatre goers as it is on 44th close to Fifth. However, we usually have pre-theatre dinner there particularly when our theatre is at 46th close to Sixth. The service is great. The pre-theatre menu fairly priced and the portions ample. The food excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    MarkTime
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We showed up at 6:00 on a Saturday night for a pre-theater dinner. Despite letting our waiter know that we had theater tickets they took 45 minutes to bring out our salads! I had to inquire about our main course as well. While the restaurant was busy, it was by no means packed. There were a fair number of empty tables still by the time we left.
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  • Great main,but skip the spanakopita
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was pretty good. The spanakopita seemed a bit dry but the main proteins were great
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre theater
    Cipora
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Perfect pre theater prix fixe menu that offers more choices than most .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greek food perfection
    HappygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything on the menu is delicious- we had the zucchini eggplant chips- grilled octopus- seafood youvetsi the lamb chops were cooked to perfection- extensive wine list- must try the Greek wines- leave room for dessert!! Galactoboureko a must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish-tastic!
    Zuum2zuumVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Kellari does seafood right! This convenient midtown restaurant is a great spot for: 1. Freshest fish done with that simple, tasty Mediterranean style; 2. Perfectly prepared octopus, either grilled or ceviche; 3. Friendly, efficient service and; 4. Good value. Great for groups or, just the two of you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Buisness Dinner
    Fields
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed an evening with 7 colleagues and Kellari Taverna was an ideal location. They had a nice large table for us and the noise level was moderate. Our server was attentive and we never felt rushed during our evening. We were recommended Greek wines that complimented everyone's food. The atmosphere is beautiful and elegant, ideal to impress business partners. We look forward to more dinners at this location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The price of the food was outrageous just because of the mere fact that it is located in the theatre district. The food was good but not spectacular. The spanakopita was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed the fresh fish that I ordered, but was not extraordinarily blown away by anything. The price makes it an unworthy investment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Also, always a wonderful trio providing great music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive yet quite average food
    Patti
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant looks great, decor is inviting. The food and service were a disappointment. While nothing was specifically bad, nothing was really very good either. Under flavored food, but presentation was good. Maybe just an off-night?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Theater choice
    Berwin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good pre theater prix fixed menu. Not the ordinary boring selections that so many other NYC restaurants offer to accommodate the lowest common denominator of diner. Attractive interior with a good selection of fresh fish on ice that can be observed. Attentive service. My only negative comment is that the pricing for wines and cocktails is on the high side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey unimpressive restaurant
    italian
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were at this restaurant one week ago. I have been in Greece several time and I like Greek food. At Kellari the food was okay, but not outstanding in any way. The oven roasted orzo with seafood was overcooked and the grilled lamb chops were quite chewy. I complained but little to nothing happened. The Octopodi was not charcoal grilled as stated in the menu but prepared in a quite ordinary way. You can easily find better Greek food in Manhattan at lower price.
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  • We Go for the Octopus
    DarganVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Kellari is an all around wonderful Greek restaurant, but we have to admit we go for the charcoal grilled octopus--tender, crispy from the fire on a bed of red onions and capers in a perfect, understated vinaigrette.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were very pleased with the quality of food and service at Kellari! Also very reasonably priced for Manhattan, particularly as it is about 3 blocks from Times Square. Service was prompt and friendly, decor and atmosphere very pleasant. The pre-theater prix fixe menu was a great value. Food arrived promptly, but we were not rushed as we savored the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place to dine
    FoodieFoSho
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Kellari is my go to restaurant whenever I want a very nice place to take a good friend to celebrate something special. It's close to work, always staffed by friendly, professional, fast moving people and the food is always wonderful. And also important is that you leave feeling full and the price doesn't break the bank. Still recommend Kellari Taverna - been coming here for years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been here many times...
    Enjoygreateats
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    ...but this time was not as good. We've enjoyed this restaurant before, but this time our entree was very bland. On previous visits the great flavors were what kept us coming back. And, they were out of a Greek white wine that we ordered!
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  • BuddyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very good atmosphere and excellent food. Fresh fish choice is terrific. Server very helpful with details of the menu and the fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and nice atmosphere
    Suzanne
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was impressed by the ambiance of the restaurant. The food and service were not far behind. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food is fresh & delicious, service precise and vibe is contageous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek NYC
    HollyP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent & attentive staff. The plate of olives, hummus, & radishes and freshly baked bread was wonderful. The food was fresh, well prepared with a nice presentation. Truly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience pre-theatre dining
    TouchbaseVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We chose Kallari 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 scallop appetizer was outstanding and he loved his cod. I matched my choices with a wine pairing. I wasn't expecting full pours, but that is what I received. I was personally not enchanted with the wine choices, although the pairing with the baklava dessert was good. The service was top notch, so much so that we commented all through our meal how great it was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic