Greek Cuisine with Whisky Pairings at Kellari Taverna

Greek Cuisine with Whisky Pairings at Kellari Taverna

A few weeks ago, I made the decision to ditch my usual brown bag lunch and enjoy a hearty midday meal at Kellari Taverna.

On a rainy autumn afternoon, I hoofed it across town from my office in the Flatiron District to Midtown. Only slightly damp and windblown by the time I reached my destination, I instantly forgot about the miserable weather outside once I entered the bright and airy restaurant. The charming space gives off a rustic, yet sophisticated, vibe thanks to warm wood and red accents, intricate chandeliers and a large mirror in the dining room that makes the restaurant appear even more spacious.

While at the Midtown outpost, I enjoyed a wide variety of delectable Greek fare—from savory spreads, which served as the perfect toppers for buttery bread, to the kebab entrée, a filling portion of lamb and beef brochette with creamy tzatziki and seasoned hand-cut fries. I left the side of ketchup virtually untouched, as the tzatziki was so good that it served as the perfect dunkable dip for the crisp fries. Seafood fans should also check out the restaurant, as it boasts many delicacies from the sea.

I washed down the above with samplings of a few creative cocktails made with offerings from Compass Box Whisky. Although I normally opt for wine with my meals, the whisky maker’s flavorful cocktails paired perfectly with Kellari Taverna’s mouthwatering morsels. My favorite of the trio of creative concoctions—the other two included “The Instigator,” a mix of The Spice Tree whisky, pineapple and grapefruit juice, honey syrup, Angostura Bitters and sea salt; and “Major Glaser,” with The Peat Monster whisky, Cardamaro and Cocchi di Torino—had to be the “Sticky Toffee Fashioned,” with Hedonism whisky, cold brew coffee, toffee pudding syrup and cacao bitters.

If you’re looking for a nice spot to dine in Midtown, opt for a meal at Kellari Taverna. The restaurant also carries Compass Box Whisky and the staff can whip up a cocktail to take away the winter chill. If you want to try your hand at created the perfect whisky aperitif, or know a whisky fan, Compass Box Whisky has several giftable box sets. 


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