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Superb Sustainable Dining at Kellari

Superb Sustainable Dining at Kellari

New Yorkers are always looking for the edge on dining experiences. For those wanting an amazing meal that is well-balanced and well-meaning to the earth look no further than Kellari.


The phenomenal restaurant (19 W. 44th Street) has a standing reputation for some of the best Greek selections in town. The atmosphere is gorgeous and matches the beautiful dishes. The success of the venue has been created through hard work and passion for food and wine. Now the owners are taking things to the next level with a new 100% sustainable menu.

Unheard of in New York City is the groundbreaking approach that is to be applauded. Kellari owner, Stavros Aktipis interest in the ecological health of the planet along with the knowledge of where our food originates from started a buzz in his ear. Nearly a year later the menu formulated to honor these notions is now here.

This major menu overhaul began with Kellari’s partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which is committed to identifying seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways.

Owner Stavros Aktipis, in consultation with industry leading experts, researched every ingredient on Kellari’s table.  The end result is a menu that is both delicious and good for you and for the planet, containing only sustainable, organic and seasonal delicacies.

Kellari has been a mainstay for the freshest fish and Greek delights for over a decade.  The dishes are on this menu are destined to be around for dozens of more decades. Highlights for starters include a splendid Salmon Keftes from Hiddenfjord on the Faroe Island, as well as a perfectly grilled Spanish Octopus (caught specifically in October for traceability).

Also to try is the Grilled Lamb Chop dish that is savory and comes form Opal Valley Farms of Australia. Even the desert Portokalopita is sustainable, as is the delicious sour dough bread from the famous Peter’s Bread.


There is nothing better than to experience this clean eating at a peak level of presentation. The restaurant continues to grow and to evolve, leading and paving the way for more venues to follow suit in offering not only the highest quality ingredients, but also a friendly hand to Mother Nature.

There are a now plans to implement similar changes to Kellari’s sister restaurant in Washington D.C.  On top of that they are even featuring upcoming events to reflect the passion. Coming soon is The Captain’s Table experience, perfect for the holiday season. This meal includes your choice or Amuse Bouche or Lobster Bisque and an appetizer of Charcoal Grilled Octopus or Citrus Marinated Sea Bass Filet. The main course is the piece de resistance, a grilled 25-30 pound fish for the table with a choice of four sides including Greek Fries, Spanakorizo, Spanaki, Horta, Lahanika, Broccoli Rabe, Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Beluga Lentils or Gigantes Melitzana. The dinner is capped off by a selection of homemade traditional Greek desserts & fruit.  The Captain’s Table is available for groups of 12-15 guests for $1,400 (plus tax and gratuity).


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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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