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Kellari Taverna
Kellari Taverna

Kellari Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kellari.us
  • Phone: (212) 221-0144
  • 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: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • 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) 221-0144
  • Entertainment: Live jazz music for Sunday brunch.
  • Special Events & Promotions: •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


    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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Greek Food."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I went with a friend of mine to New York for his birthday for a Broadway show, and we wanted a nice place to kick off the night. Although the area where the fresh fish were located was pretty stinky to me (I'm a vegetarian and fish smell just doesn't do it for me), we were moved and that solved that problem. I was not impressed with the saganaki (it was just a pool of melted cheese) or the spanakopita (the filo was not very flaky at all), but apparently the lamb was juicy and delicious. I will go there again if I am in town again, but I will just pick other vegetarian options (there were plenty). We absolutely loved our Greek wine! And although we thought our server was a little aggressive, he was definitely friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Pre fixe has excellent selection; portions just right. Restaurant ambiance is a real draw, tables spaced nicely. Always satisfying if you're entertaining guests or bringing someone for the first time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was great and the service was great. We will be back with friends."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was not Washington, DC but they are still good. I was headed to the theatre and my server was excellent and I was able to have the fish that I wanted. Kid-friendly because that was a family of 12 that came in (7 children) and beside one that cried every time she could not see her mother it was ok."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food and service were both excellent. We requested a quiet area and that request was honored."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Nice restaurant to have dinner before a show on Braodway. Nice decor and ambiance with great quality food"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Kellari is a fun go to place for my group of friends. The food is very good and has a pre-theater menu. The bar scene is lively and has some free tasty Greek snacks. Go and enjoy."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Dinner, as always, was quite good. The seafood salad was excellent, the lamb entree also good. The service was quite attentive. We have been to Kellari many times and have never been disappointed. A very dependable restaurant, well worth a visit."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food and the service was very very good and presention was good"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We've eat en here several times. Priced well. Food very good. Service excellent. Will return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Excellent Greek fare at fair price, efficient service, friendly welcome, lively crowd."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Kellari is a steady relaible Greek restaurant with nicely prepared fresh fish at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and enjoyed it, but this visit was so disappointing. Management needs a wake-up call. Service was slow and careless. Food was not cooked to order. The Greek salad was 90% tomato and 10% cucumbers. What? Desserts were unappetizing and were sent back. The price-fixed menu had coded add-on charges that were not explained before-time. Unless things improve my advice is to stay away."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Service was good once the staff staff stop fighting over who would take us. Apps, Salads and Desserts were great, stick with those only. Stay away from overpriced and under seasoned entrees as the whole fish on ice. They only have large ones, which sit out all night. Wines by the glass were terrible choices and very short pours."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were visiting New York City and my daughter researched and found Kellari Taverna. It was possibly our best meal while on our trip. The food was excellent as well as the service. Our waiter was very busy but was still engaging and extremely polite. We would definitely dine there again should we find ourselves visiting NYC again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have been to Kellari Taverna many times before. We always enjoy our experience. Great for pre theater and post theater on Sundays. Definitely a good place to go to."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is my go to place for excellent Greek food. I have been going there for brunch and dinner. It is great for first dates!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "would never go back. wait staff to stresses out, too loud, poor service, mediocre food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Despite arriving more than 2 hours before we needed to attend the theatre, the late arrival of our main courses gave us little time to get to our show. We and those around us were all asking about the delays. Our waiter was apologetic and kept checking on the status of our meals, but no matter, they still were not served. Many patrons, us included, were paying our bills before desert or coffee was served. The food was excellent but the late rush to finish our main courses detracted from the excellently prepared food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was very good . Resturant was very busy so service was not the best. Noise level very high."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Loved it as did my wife but they didn't acknowledge the note I sent regarding it being my anniversary. Other places we visited did. Same goes for asking about our theatre schedule."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Good for dinner - social or business occasion. Excellent fish, especially grilled octopus. Superb service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food is divine, so is the service. The reason why I have rated the service as 4* instead of 5 is because I felt like we were being pushed to order, and the waiters were very overenthusiastic. Like they say, sometimes less is more. Would definitely go there again. Fantastic for business lunch/date/special occasion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The greatest choices for a pre-theatre prix fixe menu. So nice we can do a 2 course or 3 course pre-fixe, so those with different appetites can be accommodated without the need to have to or not choose the 3 course. The food is always prepared to perfection and very flavorful. The wait staff is very attentive, but when it gets very busy, can get a bit harried. Kellari is generally our choice for pre-theatre as the food is always consistently good."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a very nice meal at Kellari Taverna. The food was delicious. the service however left something to be desired. Waiter was indifferent. didn't come to the table very often and was hard to find. The busboy was our link to service. Waiter showed up ten minutes after our entrees were served to ask if we wanted fresh ground pepper; way too late."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Prix Fixe lunch is an excellent value! Lovely interior and excellent, efficient service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food is amazing. The service is over the top. The freshest ingredients around . Its like everything as sourced that day. As a local it's a true find."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We enjoy Kellari whenever we are in the neighborhood . We always feel welcome. The food especially the fish is always cooked well and very fresh. The service is excellent and the staff is well versed on menu and wine selection. The pre and post theater menu is a bargain with many selections for appetizers, main dishes and desserts. I real find in a pricy area which is why we not only recommend it to others and return regularly."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "KELLARI TAVERN has excellent food and good service, but it's crowded and very noisy until 7:15 when people started leaving for theater. Then the noise level diminished to conversation level. So unless you are dining pre theater, I suggest going later."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The best place to eat in New York. Wonderful service, food to die for. Really and truly outstanding."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went for a pre-theater dinner and arrived late because of traffic. They were extremely accommodating and delivered our food in enough time to get to the theater on-time. The food was very good. The scallops and risotto, calamari, chicken and salmon were delicious. We would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Pre-theater menu is a bargain. Food delicious and service outstanding."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love this place. The business lunch is an excellent value -- and the food is wonderful. Spanakopita is light and flaky, and the Chilean Sea Bass was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Beware: during prime business hours, the noise level is deafening and you'll have to shout, until the place empties out a bit."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I wasn't really impressed by anything at this restaurant. The food was OK, the service was OK, the ambience was OK. Just meh."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This good restaurant did me great harm: gave me regular coffee rather than the decaf I'd asked for. Thus I missed a night of sleep. I don't know how long it will take me to forgive them. Noise is just impossible--huge loud, show-offy male voices mainly--until 1:45 or 2:00. I don't know about the dinner hour."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I have been to NYC twice in the past month and have eaten at Kellari both visits. My son and I love the weekend brunch, which for ~$27 includes a cocktail/juice with free refills, coffee/tea, appetizer and a main meal. The meal is served with delicious muffins/croissants. My favorite dishes are the salad and salmon but the spanakopita is tasty as are the poached eggs over salmon. Service the first time was outstanding (was Mother's day) but second visit the waiters forgot to refill the water glasses and offer us ground pepper on the salads and main meals. Normally wouldn't have bothered me but since first visit was exceptional, I noticed the difference. Overall, it's a great deal for a NYC brunch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good midtown lunch spot. Fresh fish, and a decent bar to sit at if you're dining quickly alone."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening of dining. All elements above combined to make it so. If greek food is one of your favorites, Kellari Taverna will meet all your expectations. Well worth a visit and certainly on my list to visit again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Although I've dined at Kellari many times, I was very disappointed with lunch on Saturday. Although we told our waiter at 12:30 that we had theatre at 2:00. there was no sign of our food at 1:15. When I reminded our waiter of our curtain time, he said, after checking, that my companion's omelet was overcooked and they were making another one. Five minutes later he came out with an undercooked omelet and my crab cake which was barely warm. Obviously we had not time for coffee or dessert. I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014