Kellari Taverna

19 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10017
Kellari Taverna +

Tina Zimmer


  • Sun 11:30am-11pm, Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • $$$
  • Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Beer, Wine
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
Kellari is cavernous, and looks a bit like a Greco-rustic theme park, with baskets of veggies and whole fish on ice on display. That fish, grilled simply with lemon, is the specialty of the house-simple and expertly cooked, although pricey. Mezze, however, are generously portioned and tasty; three or four of them easily makes a tasty, sharable meal. The spreads are a good bet--taramasalata is lush and briny with roe; melitzanosalata, roasted eggplant spread, is lemony bright. Fat sardines (a generous four per appetizer order) arrive slightly charred, their deliciously oily flesh having been touched by nothing but the hot grill and a squeeze of lemon. On the other hand, keftedes (spiced meatballs) are wanly flavored and sitting in a sad, watery sauce, and the spanakopita is pedestrian. Save this place for pre- or post-theater taramasalata and sardine cravings.

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