About 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 Executive Chef. The Kellari dessert menu includes innovative specialties such as warm sokolata with goat milk vanilla ice cream as as well as traditional favorites such as Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Kellari Taverna offers an extensive international wine list featuring a large selection of Greek wines.

19 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm-11:30pm; Friday & Saturday 4:00pm to 12:00 AM; Sunday: 4pm-11pm.
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm.

Cross Street:
Between 5th & 6th Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 221-0144

Website:
http://www.kellariny.com/

Entertainment:
We have regular entertainment for special occasions such as our Greek Night! Visit our website or Facebook page for more information!

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 successfully.

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(nigh to 6th on right) and gladly provides Kellari guests with discounts on already low daily and monthly parking rates. Night and weekend parking is less expensive.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
•WINE ROOM 50-80 people
•ZANTE ROOM up to 45 people
•BAR LOUNGE 10-50 persons
•DINNING ROOM seats 220

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Private Dining

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.

Kellari Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (67)
Business Meals (52)
Authentic (50)
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Good for a Date (41)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Special Occasion (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Healthy (27)
Great for Lunch (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Romantic (17)
Casual (14)
Fun (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Cozy (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
People Watching (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 7 days ago

We arrived for our assigned reservation time and our table wasn't available. The maitre d' was very accommodating and even provided a complimentary drink. When we were seated (about 1/2 hour later), the waiter was very disheveled. As per the maître d's instructions, we let the waiter know that we would be attending a show and so while not worried about time, did need to be able to eat in about 2 hours time. The waiter did not present any special menu items, forgot to get us bread, forgot our drinks, waited on several tables other than ours. He finally took our order, but again forgot our drinks and bread. He apologized and said something about the order system went down. The food was decent, but probably won't be back due to the failed service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

We had dinner reservations at 6:15 for an 8:00 play. The wait staff was very inattentive. We asked for the wine menu and the waiter returned with the iPad drink list and then ran off. He did not return so we asked a different waiter to take our drink order. Approximately 30 minutes later no drinks so I went to the bar and got our drinks. Eventually, dinner arrived and we had 15 minutes to rush through our meal to walk 2 blocks to the theatre. Very poor service, the waiters were running around like mad while the “managers” walked around in circles.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was outstanding, as usual. Leave yourself 2 hours for a leisurely meal.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The meal was very pricey for mediocre food.
The Greek salad portion was s small.
I was ver disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Really enjoyed Kellari, the food was awesome and the service was very good, and the prices were very good for midtown NY. Used the pre-theater menu and got the small salmon cakes and the Lamb chops and the walnut cake desert. All were great. The seafood at the restaurant looked awesome with the absolute largest shrimp I have ever seen (almost 1 foot long). They quickly found our open table reservation and we made it to our show in plenty of time. A great time!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The most surprising meal I have had in a long time. Flavors beyond imagination. An explosion of flavors.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was awful, it seemed like it was their first day on the job and the food was simply mediocre. Prices were very high considering.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Kellari has quickly become one of my favored Greek restaurants in Manhattan. The entrees are always excellent, as are most of the appetizers that I've tried. I seriously considered giving the food five stars, and wish I could have gone 4.5. It is, indeed, excellent (i.e. better than very good) but I have extremely high standards for "Outstanding".

The pre- and post- theater menus have an excellent selection, and would raise the rating on "Value" to Outstanding (but on my last meal, I arrived during prime-time, thus the "Very Good" rating).

In terms of decor, it is perhaps the "Greekest" Greek restaurant in Manhattan. So I always enjoy my visits there very much.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good food, terrible slow service. 3 of our party of 4 arrived on time but they wouldn’t seat us. When 4th arrived we had to wait at least 10 more minutes. Ordering went smoothly but food took forever to arrive. And we ordered off the fixed price pre-theater menu! By the time our entrees arrived we had our credit cards on the table... had about 3 minutes to inhale and pay and literally run to the theater. The few bites were good but we were so disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We have dined at Kellari Taverna many times over the years. This last time was a special occasion honoring someone's birthday. The plan was a leisurely dinner and theater afterwards.
We made reservations for 5:45PM and arrived at that time. The restaurant was extremely crowded and very noisy, even at this early hour.
Our entrees did not arrive till 7:35PM and only then because we had to leave the table to
prompt the serving staff. The restaurant was so crowded it was hard to find a path
through the tables. A fire hazard to be sure. There was no leisurely dining this night
at Kellari Taverna.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The bar is a great spot to dine for a party of 2, quiet and intimate, Love the cheese and olives they serve.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great pre theatre restaurant. Always good... fish was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Have been many times & never disappointed; had friends from Virginia Beach who had never been; they loved it & thought it was a perfect spot !!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of those places where the decor outdid the food! Ice cream scoops of humus, taziki, tiramisu, et al in a sound scape of high speed Greek music felt hardly relaxing more in the midst of a silent movie. Table next to us had their entrees served before appetizers. When the order was rectified and the entrees came out again they were assured that they were freshly made. Not true, l saw them being stashed under hot lights. The menu was fairly limited and the prices high. Off my list of places to recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is wonderful but the service is awful, especially on a busy Saturday night.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I had dinner here with her sister and my brother-in-law.

While expensive (although they do offer a price fixed menu) it is worth the price as long as you don’t let the waiter move you along too quickly.

We saw one party of 4 come in after we did and leave Long before we were done with dinner.

It takes some effort to avoid ordering too soon - and I recommend ordering and finishing appitizers before ordering an entree.

The crab cocktail is grossly overpriced - but I love crab and so indulged. The crab was delicious - but again overpriced so not good value for the money.

My wife had a sea bass filet from the price fixed menu which she said was very good. I had a whole sea bass which was excellent.

The other couple had lamb chops and sea scallops - both of which they praised.

By actively taking our time (dinner and drinks spaced over 2.5 Hours) we had a great time! If we had ordered when the waiter tried to take orders we would have been done and gone in 45 minutes.

This place gets very crowded between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM since it is very conveniently located near the broadway theater scene.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Nice bottomless brunch. Quiet scene. Beautiful decor and atmosphere

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great fresh fish, oysters, grilled octopus, specialty cocktails! A tad noisy, sit near a wall or in the back. Our service was a little off last time, but overall highly recommended in midtown west before the theater!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This used to be my favorite restaurant in nyc . Now it’s overpriced, mediocre food and terrible service . 3 hours for dinner ? Ridiculous . Our server forgot items and had to be reminded twice. He agreed to separate checks and then forgot that too.
26.95 for a grilled octopus appetizer that used to be 17.00 two years ago . And it used to be delicious !
Now it was tough and not sushi grade quality .
My spanikopita also bad . Why put kale in it ?
So disappointing ... never will return . Way better Greek restaurants in the area for half the price

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful grilled fresh fish and great Greek wines. We were all freezing cold though. It had to be about 50 degrees in the restaurant. Otherwise it was lovely.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went pre-theater. Lovely room. Warm, gracious service. A tad slow on getting the entree out but it was in time to eat before leaving for the theater and we realized the pre-theater rush limitations but all and all thumbs up.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good service and good food, especially the octopus. Food served a bit tepid

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What had happened to this lovely restaurant ? From the surly hostess without a smile who said she knew nothing about the restaurant’s wine club to the lone waiter whose admittedly courteous attention it took several minutes to attract to the cold plates with room temperature food , this is not the place Miss Moore knew and loved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good food. Good energy. Great New York vibe!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great location near theaters and Times Square. Excellent food with pris fix theater goers pre or post menu. A little loud but to be expected in NYC theater district. Would definitely go again with friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Lovely dinner with friends before theater. The food was fresh and delicious. Took advantage of the price fix. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was ok. Host great and welcoming. Service poor to mediocre. Careless, non attentive in not pulling out banquette. Had to ask for clean plates, fresh utensils. Not sure we'd go back. Just ok, not what you'd expect from NYC midtown location.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We’ve been here many times. Whole fish is always good . we enjoyed also the fried zucchini or eggplants and a Greek salad. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was good - portions a bit smaller than I recall.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service was good.
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Food excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great dinner! My customers loved the food, and the service was great!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Have been there many times. Service always good. Last night it was exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We waited and waited for food, even with prompting. They offered us free desserts, but by the we just wanted to leave. Appetizers were great, main courses nothing special. No lamb riblets on the menu. We have gone there every year for a family meal, but this time was quite Disappointing.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was the second time I have dined at Kellari's and the first time for my Son and his wife. Both are major foodies. They loved the food, the service and the ambiance. The roasted tomato soup with feta was rich, thick and flavorful. The fried calamari were tasty, lightly breaded and tender. My lamb was succulent, but the potatoes were even better. They added a herb that made the roasted potatoes just spectacular. All the food was well prepared and fresh.
The service was extremely attentive but not intrusive. We were there for almost 3 hours, but we were never rushed and had a delightful meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The waiter completely ignored the fact that we had to see a play at 7:30. He was told when we ordered about our timing and he said we would be out by 7:15. The food did not reach our table until 7. I spoke to the manager who apologized but frankly did not care if my group ever came back. I have eaten here many times and will never come back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food and service as always. They are 100% fresh and always have a good variety of foods. We had clients in the City and everything was to their liking. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Although the service was very good. For the amount and quality of the meal- did not think it was worth it. We were 2 people, we shared a greek salad and we each has 1 cocktail and an each had a fish entree. Our check was over $150.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Kellari is a terrific restaurant in an increasingly noisy world. Great, fresh seafood, nice gracious service, and a pleasant roomy dining room.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went here for a 1:00 lunch reservatiion. We were seated right away. I wasn't that impressed with the menu - there weren't many choices. They gave us a brunch menu and when I told the waitress we didn't want brunch she said that was the only menu, however, online there is a lunch menu with many more choices, that's why we chose this establishment. We were a bit in a rush so we ordered from it. We had a Greek salad which consisted of tomatoes, feta and cucumbers - the tomatoes were very fresh and ripe. For our entrees I had the lamb chops which were adequate, there were 3 very small chops - there was no type of condiment or juice so I found them to be very dry. I asked for mint jelly typically served with lamb, but they didn't have it. My friend had the Lavraki which was grilled Mediterranean sea bass with spinach & rice - she asked if she could substitute the rice for a potato, the waitress said no and then when her entrée came it didn't even have the rice. We wanted to order a bottle of wine and the waitress handed us an ipad with the wine list. I can't stand that. I like to see my options with prices so I can easily scan what price range, type of wine, etc. I found it to be cumbersome scrolling on an ipad. We asked for a printed menu and she said there was none. We didn't have dessert, got the check and left. We went to see a show and found that we were still pretty hungry. Snacked on some candy bars and afterwards we went to a nice pub for a great steak dinner. Wish we would've made that our first stop. Although not terrible, I wouldn't go back here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at this restaurant, but I got the feeling you needed to be a regular to get a decent seat. The food was fine, but the service was consistent with other reviews. I visit NYC 8 times a year for business and try to explore different restaurants and this night I was craving middle eastern food and found Kellari. You should try it and ask for a table away from the front door.

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