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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

    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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The two-pound lobster prix fixe dinner on Sundays really is special."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have been going to Kellari Taverna for several years. Recently the service has been AWFUL! The food is very good,and very fresh. Our orders were not taken for at least 10 minutes. We asked for more bread, and water refills which took a long time to receive. A person in our party ordered a fish on the menu. The waiter came back and said they ran out of the fish ordered. He ordered another fish. The waiter came back and said they were out of that fish, too, and then claimed he only had fish for two! Perhaps people should be told what is and is not available on the menu when the menu is handed out. This whole incident took about a half an hour, and this was the pattern for the rest of the meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great for brunch and dinner! This is my go to place for first dates. Great food, wine and outstanding service. Always makes a great first impression!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Perhaps we expected too much, but for a restaurant of this class, it was a little disappointing. We had the tasting menu. Wine pairings were great. Menu was created. We liked the stuffed calamari best, and the sword fish was cooked perfect! The coffee was, however, so weak it was like dish water. We were also charged for 2 coffees instead just one we order. Our server kept changing, and at times, hard to get the attention of any of them. Perhaps it was because we took a late seating (9:30). In any event, it was a good evening, but we expected a better one."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "quiet , spacious -- very good service , food was excellent a nice change from the omnipresent Italian pre -theater choices"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "i have an app that gives nyc rating and after we were in restaurant and subject came up, so we checked and the rating was "pending" which was not posted on window."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • " Our meals were delicious (three of us) and the staff extremely hospitable and nice. They helped us celebrate a family birthday. Still, our daughter couldn't eat her charcoal broiled sole; it was way too dry and wooden. We loved the vegetable chips. Very good mohitos."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to Kellari on a Thursday evening for a birthday dinner; we had requested a quiet table. The area we wanted was booked with a large, loud 50 person group, so the maitre d offered us choices for next best. The table we chose was very pleasant, though the noise level was very high until later when the group left. We were also given complementary champagne, which was very kind. The service was somewhat slow at the beginning, though it improved and the waitstaff were attentive and accommodating. The food was excellent - fresh, interesting, well-prepared and tasty. We've been there before and have always enjoyed our dinner. Our friends liked it as well."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "went for a very late lunch when restaurant was pretty empty (thou bar was busy). really fresh and excellent salmon tartar grilled fish -- a steal on prixe fixe. service was slow though. would come back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The pre-theater (or post for matinees) special menu from 4pm-7pm is a winner. Many choices of appetizers and entrees (the bronzino for my wife, the lamb chops [$5 extra] for me - both perfectly done and nicely presented. Add delicious bread, complementary hummus, olives and radishes, an extensive and reasonably-priced wine list by the glass (most $11-13), and excellent service, and it was a wonderful meal. To add a delicious dessert cost a few bucks more, and the portions are large enough to share. Convenient to most theaters, spacious enough for both large groups and intimate dining, with a large bar that offers olives, cheese and bread to keep you fortified while drinking and waiting for a table, it should appeal to all theater-goers ."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Took Clients and won't do it again. They were out of more than six fish dishes and it took 30 minutes to get our waitress to bring a check. What happened to this restaurant?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food is very good and the staff is very welcoming."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I had the pre theatre dinner and it was quite good for the money. The noise level was quite loud but I think they had a large party."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It is a professional yet comfortable approach to food and wine. It runs the gamut from prix fixe for theater goers to just short of 'breaking the dishes' Greek food! It sterling reputation is deserved (and earned)!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They run a tight ship - everyone knows what they are doing, are friendly and professional. They go the extra mile. Pre-theatre dinner a great bargain. The bar, with free cheese and olives, is great, especially if you're waiting for your dinner guest to join you."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had another great meal before the theater. The flavors are wonderful , and the food tastes so fresh. The service was great. Kellari Taverna never fails to disappoint!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We are regulars at Kellari Taverna. Close your eyes and you can be at restaurant in Greece dipping your pita into the various delightful spreads, eating the olives and then enjoying the great selection of fresh fish simply broiled ."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Tops for the "east" Theatre District, especially for their wide variety of fish, prepared any way you like!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "One of my top ten worst entrees (the grilled chicken with vegetables) in New York ever. Spanikopita to start was great ( though a bit undercooked underneath - some raw philo), but couldn't have been less impressed with the chicken which was bland and oily. The vegetables were so sad and limp, and they were also bland. They must have come from a can. Really a disappointing meal, bringing me to write my first ever review of a restaurant on any website."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food and service were both excellent. We requested a quiet area and that request was honored."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent Greek fare at fair price, efficient service, friendly welcome, lively crowd."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food and the service was very very good and presention was good"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We've eat en here several times. Priced well. Food very good. Service excellent. Will return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "Went here for brunch on a Sunday and the small food plates were delicious. We had drinks and four plates for the two of us and ordered another spinach pie plate. This was amazing. The hummus is never enough, as it is delicious and we had grilled calamari that is mouth watering. We have other reservations at the end of the month and are never disappointed. Don't miss this place."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "Nice restaurant to have dinner before a show on Braodway. Nice decor and ambiance with great quality food"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "would never go back. wait staff to stresses out, too loud, poor service, mediocre 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
  • "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
  • "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