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
396 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)good for groups (120)special occasion (116)neighborhood gem (108)great for lunch (92)romantic (74)notable wine list (48)vibrant bar scene (48)great for brunch (33)hot spot (28)late-night find (27)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • was great but just too noisy
    cjr2VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A reunion of 5 people who only see each other once a year wanted to chat but even tho we had a round table in the back room, the noise was such we could only hear the person next to us ....food and drink and service were fine, but it was hard to communicate....maybe the vaulted ceiling not conducive to conversation...and then a group of 8 males arrived and talking was a chore... too bad...otherwise no complaints...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grat fresh fish
    PFB1668VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great for fresh fish from Mediterranean. They will show you the fish table side before preparing. Nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful pre theater menue
    OliaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It's very convenient to have a fun place neat Times square with a flavor of neighborhood happening place. Food was excellent and really tastful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    carole
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great experience great waitress Zelia. Sea bass and lamp chops all very good. Scallops with risotto and spinach pie all excellent. Shared the baklava outstanding. Nice atmosphere and close to the theater. Came with a pre theater menu. Would for sure return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The worst Service!!
    Sasa
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was good but The waiter tried to embarrasses me in front of my girlfriend!!! He was so mean
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off day?
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've eaten at Kellari many times and recently had a less than great experience. Food was average (grilled sardines, salads, and crab cake with soggy fries) and service by a robotic waiter was unpleasant. I appreciate quick service especially at a business lunch or pre-theater dinner, but the food was delivered so quickly that it made me wonder if it was pre made. When we declined dessert and coffee the check was already printed! "Here's your hat! What's your hurry?" Will try again and hope it was just an off day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ran out of ingredients, but good
    srn2126
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    They ran out of both kinds of chicken and did not have much alternatives for a no fish eater. Others liked the salmon though.
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  • Wonderfull food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was so good and the fish was perfect!!! Will definitely be back next time I come to the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh!
    LoveroffoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Didn't know that you could find such good Greek Food in Manhattan. Our dinner (fresh fish) was grilled to perfection, the wait staff was friendly and helpful with our decision. Overall, great meal. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant surprise
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Normally we always end up in a bad place but this restaurant was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was lively, and it was beautifully decorated. Definitely recommend this restaurant when you're in the city!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, ok service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thanks to the diners at the table next to ours, we avoided some of the Restaurant Week trap dishes and had an amazing meal. All of the seafood was fresh and cooked beautifully, lamb was perfect all the way through and the lemon potatoes paired well. Dessert was phenomenal and the carafes are a great deal if you want wine. Our one problem with the meal was service which was surprisingly slow. The server never introduced himself, was hard to find throughout the night, and never stuck around long enough for us to ask questions. The other servers ended up helping us more than our own and the busers were prompt and helpful. I think we just got a dud. Overall, we would definitely recommend this place and come here again for the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best menu for restaurant week
    reviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was fabulous and generous. Best selection and largest portions---also tastiest of any restaurants dined at during summer restaurant week. Service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Greek!
    TommyFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There are many Greek restaurants in this city. But Kellari is the only one I patronize. I have been there many times, over and over again. Brunch or dinner, the dining experience is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably wonderful
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Kellari is great - every visit. The business lunch prixe fix is a terrific deal. Spanakopita is flaky and good, and the sea bass was scrumptious. Honey-coated baklava completed the meal. Be sure to sign up for the birthday club - complimentary bottle of bubbly during your birthday month!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good place for lunch
    RunToEat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have dined at Kellari a number of times, predominately for business lunches. It is consistently good. Of special note is the three course lunch menu, which is reasonably priced and there are a number of options to choose from for each course. I enjoy the grilled calamari (not fried), usually the fish of the day, and the yogurt cake. They serve a nice bread with hummus, radishes and black olives, which is a nice touch. The service is attentive and you can get in and out for lunch in a reasonable period of time. The only negative is that it can get a bit loud during lunch when the restaurant is crowded, which is almost always. Also, don't go for lunch without a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good this time
    BackdocVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife went with a friend. Not a great table and food lackluster and served a bit cold as compared to several other times. Only the wine was delicious. Very disappointed.
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  • Delicious
    blumvale
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had very good service, my friend and I. We were excited to try their restaurant week because we find this restaurant to be a bit pricey. The food was fantastic. I really enjoyed my orzo with seafood. And my friend loved her fish dish. Dessert was great. For the special, we were very happy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    BillNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Kellari is my "go to" place for business lunches because the food is delicious and the service is prompt and very good. My clients and associates always love it Also very good for pre-theater
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Monday dinner
    Skittles
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Two of us enjoyed an early dinner on a Monday. The entire experience was great - food was outstanding, wine was priced right, wasn't so dark I couldn't see the menu, people watching was fun and the pace was not too fast. I love the display of fish on ice near the kitchen. It is a testament to how fresh the food that comes to you is. I've never had a bad meal at Kellari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is divine
    SapphireBelle
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent menu selection--food is always prepared to perfection. The ambience is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Food
    robertfoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everyone in our group enjoyed their appetizers, meals and desserts. Excellent seafood and lamb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food great...but....
    sensitive
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We made a reservation. We, as two women, were seated in the back in a dark place. The restaurant was EMPTY. It was a less that positive experience. Be assertive, and you'll enjoy it more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Theater Excellance
    Berwin
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    One of the better pre/post theater menus in the area. Good selection of well prepared choice's in a pleasant surrounding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Pre-Theatre Dinner
    KevDanJamVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed the prix fixe before seeing a show. Great pre-theatre option. The whole grilled sea bass was especially delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Yankeefan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Kellari has never disappointed us. The prix-fixe menu is very good value; I always get fish, and the quality is always very high. The Lavraki (Mediterranean Sea Bass) is always fresh, and simply prepared. The restaurant is nicely laid out, creating different spaces tied together with tasteful decor, so that on subsequent visits you almost feel as if you're in a new restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opa Kellari
    grateful
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A beautiful Greek taverna. Excellent food, authentically prepared. The freshest ingredients, including fish and seafood. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old-world class, modern fine dining
    ifran27
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A very elegant, very old-world style restaurant. Waiters are very friendly and attentive. A bit louder inside than you'd expect it to be. The roasted herbed natural chicken was incredibly delicious. Seafood is very fresh and can be bought by the pound. The prices may seem high, but considering their target demographic(businesswomen and men), the prices seem fair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Greek
    livres
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful Greek food with a bargain pre-theater menu. The service is exceptional and the staff could not be more congenial.. Second time I have been here and it has become one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh! Fresh ! Fresh!
    Kalejoka
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is the second time I ate at Kellari Taverana and again I found the service staff warm and accomodating and the fish and grilled vegetables fresh and delicious. This time I sat in front of the fresh fish display and practically picked out my own meal. On both occasions, the table shared dishes which was a good way to try a variety of things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Goober
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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