Named after Kellari – which means “cellar” in Greek – Kellari Taverna embodies the welcoming air of dining at a traditional Greek marketplace in NYC, serving generous portions made for sharing. Highlights include signature Greek spreads and salads, fresh grilled seafood and an impressive selection of wine.
About Kellari Taverna: Kellari Taverna strives in the Greek fashion to shorten the time and distance any ingredient spends from the soil, or the water, or the air, to the plate.
They purchase directly from Greek and Mediterranean importers fish, oil, cheese, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and beans because they are so distinct and virtually indispensable to the creation of a great Greek meal. They fervently believe in the inherent quality, freshness and greatness of their region’s ingredients, purchased from local, predominantly organic, farmers and friends, many of them from forgotten or heirloom varietals. Their desserts are like none you have ever eaten in Greece, yet they feel and taste totally Greek. Like most Greek restaurateurs, they love where they live and live to celebrate both our location and our ingredients, from the land, air and sea. Kellari Taverna is their interpretation of the best they have come to know in the Greek culture of family where it is best and most often celebrated, at the dinner table. At Kellari Taverna, rarely you will find your favorite regional classics as you have eaten them in restaurants throughout Greece. What you will find delicious is simple food that tastes as good as you remember from your last visit to Greece. With a menu focused on traditional Greek seafood, Kellari Taverna’s signature dishes emphasize fresh, whole imported grilled fish. Appetizers include a variety of savory traditional mezedes (small plates or starters) and raw and marinated assorted Saganaki dishes prepared with Greek cheeses. Main courses comprise of grilled whole fish, lamb, steak and other specialty entrees. The menu starts with dips like melitzana, smoked eggplant with black sesame, and skordalia, and is followed by a unique selection of raw and marinated fish like the signature Greek barbouni, a red mullet soaked in vinegar, rosemary and olive oil. Traditional whole fish is sold by the pound and grilled with lemon and olive oil, but the kitchen also offers more ambitious dishes like sinagrida, a red snapper grilled in grape leaves with pumpkin, almonds garlic and greens. Greek for “cellar,” Kellari Taverna offers 250 wines by the bottle and dozens by the glass – ample choice for pairing up with an extensive menu of contemporary Hellenic fare. Above the bar at Kellari Taverna, the words “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” are printed on a placard. And it is this feeling of warmth and hospitality that pervades the entire experience at Kellari Taverna, an impossibly cozy Midtown gem, with wood-beamed cathedral ceilings and walls warmed in sunset hues.
Distance from the Row NYC hotel: 3 Blocks
- 19 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036