Kellari Fall Tasting Menu
Kellari, the perennially popular Greek hotspot in Midtown West known for its delicious traditional and modern Greek Mediterranean menu, and terrific Greek wine list, welcomed Executive Chef, Themis Papadopoulos to their team this month. Papadopoulos has over 20 years of experience working in fine-dining restaurants and 5-Star hotels in Paris and Greece.
Chef Papadopoulos earned his education from Ecole Lenôtre and as a visiting chef at the Michelin-starred The Kitchen Gallery in Paris and the 2 Michelin starred Greenhouse in London. Papadopoulos' worked as a gastronomy consultant at the Athens Was Design Hotel from 2015-2017 and spent the last seven years as the Chef de Cuisine at the Michelin-starred Le Mavromattis in Paris. Papadopoulos is now continuing his journey with a big move to the United States, helming the kitchen at Kellari.
Upon entering the restaurant, guests were welcomed and made to feel like a regular — in a part of midtown where most places treat you like a tourist even if you’re a local.
Chef provided the press with a first look at a new five course tasting menu, which will debut this fall at the restaurant with Greek wine pairings from Santorini and beyond. The tasting began with pickled beetroot salmon with mango and fresh turmeric root coulis followed by a Cannelloni bean soup with mastiha extract. A stand-out avocado cannelloni with smoked almonds, crab meat, red peppers and squid ink tuille followed. Seafood dolmades with pan seared langoustines and fresh herbs was served over a lobster bisque and then came a picture-perfect Branzino Tart with tomato concasse, yellow zucchini and a watercress pesto. The perfect ending came in the form of poached figs in Mavrodafni sweet wine with salep cream and walnuts.
Kellari Hospitality Group owner Stavros Aktipis continues to grow his restaurant empire which boasts Kellari, Cesca on the Upper West Side and a new Greek restaurant called Lefkes in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Kellari is located at 19 W. 44th Street and has a sister location in Washington DC. https://www.kellariny.com/