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Dinner and a Show: Where to Eat Before ‘Mamma Mia!’

Discover the ancient charms of Greek cuisine before that 70s musical

You’re going to see Mamma Mia! at The Broadhurst Theatre and you need to know where to eat dinner beforehand? No problem! We’ve got a restaurant that will whet your appetite for the Greek Isles before you take in your Broadway show.


Kellari Taverna, Mamma Mia

Have a bite at Kellari Taverna before taking in Mamma Mia on Broadway in NYC (Photos: Courtesy of Kellari Taverna, inset: Joan Marcus)

The Show: “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita,” “SOS”; pretty much every ABBA song you can think of is included in Broadway’s very first jukebox musical. The story involves a young woman’s quest to find out who her father is the night before her wedding, and the reunion of her mother’s singing trio. The disco hits from the Swedish 70s supergroup have had audiences dancing in the aisles since the musical opened in 2001.

The Restaurant: The musical is set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi; so the best way to prepare for the sunshine and ocean breezes is to settle into an authentic taverna just two blocks away. Kellari specializes in seafood, and the name translates to “cellar,” which means there is plenty of Hellenic wine on offer.

What to Eat: Fish by the pound is the restaurant’s signature. The selection of over a dozen, fresh from the market, includes sea bass ($28.95), red snapper ($28.95) and turbot ($28.95). And the meal wouldn’t be truly Greek without starting with a selection of mezze, appetizers such as tzatziki ($8.95), a yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip, and plevrakia ($15.95), slow roasted lamb riblets.

What Else to Know: Pre and post theater prix-fixe menus include two courses for $31.95 and three courses for $34.95 from 4-7pm and 10pm-midnight. Wine pairings are available for $15 (two courses) and $20 (three courses).

For more restaurants near Mamma Mia!, see our Theater District dining listings.
For where to drink after Mamma Mia!, see our post-theater bar suggestion.

Kellari Taverna
19 W. 44th St.

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