Kellari: The First to Offer a Completely Sustainable Menu in NYC

Kellari: The First to Offer a Completely Sustainable Menu in NYC

As I entered Greek restaurant Kellari Taverna for a media preview of its new completely sustainable menu, I could feel the warmth and hospitality that pervades the entire space—the complimentary glass of rosé definitely helped. The cozy Midtown gem is steps from the theater district and is adorned with wood-beamed cathedral ceilings and walls warmed in sunset hues.

 

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Kellari’s owner, Stavros Aktipis announced this week that Kellari will now offer a completely sustainable menu.  Aktipis’ unwavering interest in the ecological health of the planet along with the knowledge of where our food comes from is what brought about this nearly year-long transition.  Kellari is now invested in supporting independent fishermen and their families who are engaged in sustainable methods of fishing & farming.


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. Aktipis, in consultation with sustainability consultant Peter Kofitsas, researched every ingredient on Kellari’s menu.  The end result is a menu that is delicious, good for you and for the planet, containing only sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients.

 

As part of our preview, we received a four-course tasting. Peter baked three different kinds of sustainable sourdough bread and pita made with Zea, an ancient Greek grain. The warm, flaky loaf has a complex and robust flavor—the Zea grain bread is easier to digest, it's nutritious, stays fresher longer, and every bite helps Greek farmers. I took half a loaf home to enjoy for the rest of the week.

 

Courtesy of Kellari Taverna


 

From a sustainably-farmed Faroese salmon dish to Kellari’s signature Spanish octopus dish (my favorite), every effort has been made to ensure integrity and responsibility to the environment.  The flavors are delicious and as the brand continues to grow and to evolve, it’s leading and paving the way for more restaurants to follow suit in offering not only the highest quality ingredients, but also putting the health of the customer and of the planet above all else.

 

The decision to make this healthy change was a personal one to Aktipis, who now plans to implement similar changes to Kellari’s sister restaurant in Washington D.C. Stop in this week and experience the new sustainable menu that not only tastes fantastic, but also makes you feel good about doing good.

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