Kellari Taverna is the perfect place for lunch, brunch and dinner events. They are serving the finest Greek Mediterranean Seafood in New York City. They purchase produce, meat and seafood through select domestic and international purveyors, and local distributors at the New York markets. We had a chance to talk to Chef Dan Nistorescu, who shared with us a few tidbits about Kellari Taverna, their food, concept, and business philosophy. Here’s what we learned:
FriendsEAT: Can you tell us a little something about Kellari Taverna?
Chef Dan: Kellari Taverna serves the freshest Greek & Mediterranean Seafood in New York City, making it the perfect location for a business lunch, intimate dinner or weekend brunch. The restaurant is Midtown gem, with wood-beamed cathedral ceilings and walls warmed in sunset hues. It’s no wonder the restaurant has become an institution over its last 10 years in business.
Restaurateur Stavros Aktipis is the force behind Kellari in New York City and its sister location in Washington D.C. In addition to running day to day operations at both locations, Aktipis also owns and operates Petit Poulet and Martinique Café in Herald Square and is an investor in Strip House.
FE: What is your restaurant philosophy?
Chef Dan: Above the bar at Kellari, the words “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” are inscribed on a placard. It’s that feeling of warmth and welcoming hospitality that permeates the entire experience at Kellari.
FE: What is your most popular dish?
Chef Dan: The Lavraki with steamed wild greens is a favorite. The fish is flown in daily and cooked to perfection.
FE: Does your bartender make any amazing cocktails?
Chef Dan: Kellari’s Pear Martini
FE: In a few sentences, can you tell us what makes your restaurant different?
Chef Dan: Greek for “cellar,” Kellari offers over 350 wines by the bottle and dozens by the glass with ample choices to pair with the restaurant’s extensive menu of contemporary Hellenic fare.
FE: By any chance do you offer deals or specials?
Chef Dan: A theater price fixe menu is offered in addition to a 3-course price fixe brunch, which includes complimentary bottomless beverages
Kellari Taverna is located at 19 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036
Nearby Landmarks: Harvard Club of New York City, Vassar Club, The Mansfield, and Royalton Diamond Jewelry
Phone Number: (212) 221-0144
Hours of Operation:
- Monday – Saturday 11:30AM – 11:30PM
- Sunday 11:30AM – 10:00PM
Cuisine Type: Greek/Mediterranean
Price Range: $30 – $60 p/p
Dress Code: Casual Chic
Payments Accepted: All major credit cards are accepted