Vela Kitchen

4.6
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355 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Vela Kitchen is centrally located in downtown Pleasantville near the Jacob Burns Film Center. Enjoy Contemporary American cuisine in a sophisticated yet casual space where Chef Felipe Velazquez's food is the star.
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BC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food's great, the service is top-notch, but for $10 a glass you should get more wine than the stingy portion they give you.

GG
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious. All 5 of us cleaned our plates. We always do.

m
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!

F
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great all the way around the table. From cocktails to the Sidecar named Desire to cauliflower fritters to the daily special, food was beautifully presented and tasted great. A keeprt

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vella Kitchen has very high quality food served with care and creativity. You will find the owner and staff very welcoming and professional. Enjoy.

NL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very broad menu of excellently prepared apps, mains and salads. Wonderful find for theatre goers and locals.

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with good food and reasonable prices. Great for after movie!

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise - how come no one told me about this! The atmosphere is lovely, the staff couldn’t have been nicer and the food was superb. The menu was interesting with nice twists that made the dishes excellent. Presentation was elegant without being pretentious. Beet salad sitting on a ring of creamy goat cheese, petite dollop of wasabi, delish seared tuna on a ring of rice with savory mushrooms. Hard to do it justice - really good & we will be back.

JT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. Tuna Tartare, Flank Steak and a great salad with grilled shrimp, Everything was presented beautifully. The one thing I think thy can improve is the bread they serve. But Vela is a great choice.

J
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very surprised to be brought 2 glasses of champagne for my husband and my anniversary! Thank you!

SK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hi, this was our third time dining at your restaurant. Our first visit was just the 2 of us. The second and third time we booked for 4, 2 couples. Our first two times were really great. This time, I felt disappointed as did the other couple we were with. My duck dish was fatty and the sauce less tasteful than the first two visits with you. My wife’s branzino was dry and tasteless. We asked for sauce on the side and fish came with no sauce. Waitress brought later on. The other couple had a pork chop and pasta dishes. Pasta dish was bland and pork chop was ok, nothing special. We were just there this past Sunday. Maybe Sunday’s aren’t the best time to dine with you?

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and great service. Brought my husband for the first time. He doesn’t usually enjoy eating out, but he was quite happy with the food and very attentive service. Finally, a really good restaurant in Pleasantville, reasonably priced and with well prepared, delicious food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. First time there. We will go back!

PS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to enjoy dinner with a friend. From the cauliflower fritters to the ricotta kisses, the meal and the service were incredible! Will be back soon.

R
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a place that really has its act together. Executive chef Velazquez has established a menu that is interesting, without being silly. The portions are ample and well flavored. The shrimp dumplings are an unlikely mix, but they work. The short ribs fell apart with the touch of a fork. Flavor was full-bodied. Wine pours are honest.

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a delicious dinner. Service excellent - everyone always so pleasant! My only complaint would be noise level. When room is full can be quite noisy.

P
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my date at Vela Kitchen before catching a movie at Jacob Burns. Had a glass of wine and appetizers - the cauliflower fritters and the jalapeño lobster sliders. Wonderful! It was cozy enough for a date but had a upbeat vibe.

DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for going to movie, delicious and interesting selections, quality ingredients, great service. Lovely and quiet for conversation.

p
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my favorite restaurant in Westchester. Menu is interesting, creative and varied. Food is consistently wonderful - service is just right...attentive, w/o being overbearing...friendly, warm staff. (they even remember to turn the music down a bit when we come in, w a smile, no less.

AE
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent server: Benjamin
Excellent choices for Veggies (like me)
(Two non-veggies even gotcand enjoyed veggie sliders!) (Suggest asking for them to be cooked a little more)

Ricotta benguets (spelling) (with chocolate syrupband whipped cream in the side) - delicious.

Nice Cab wine by the glass!

BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good. A nearby table was very noisy. The room we were in didn’t have any acoustic deadening and thus very noisy.

MN
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ok except that the portions were small for the price value. Service was rushed and intrusive.

K
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the restaurant early before a movie at JBFC and I think we were the first people there! So it was of course quiet, great service , and very good menu. Though main courses are not inexpensive, soup and salad and appetizers can surely make up a dinner.
It can get crowded and noisy at peak dinner time...

MR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place, right across from Jacob Burns movie theater. Highly recommended!!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really nice casual Thursday night dinner, food and wine was delicious!

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is very good and the menu is varied, imaginative and includes many appetizers as well as main dishes. Fish choices are offered in a variety of preparations, and main dishes come with vegetable and rice or potato accompaniments. Server was helpful and personable but not as readily available as desirable to answer questions, supply missing utensils, and fill post-meal beverage orders.

LK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service! We had a great birthday celebration.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I brought friends from out of town and we all loved it. They plan to return today before leaving town

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Vela Kitchen! Appetizers are outstanding so all of us ordered a couple appetizers each instead of entrees. Lobster sliders and truffle mac and cheese were hugely popular among our group.

AD
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Vela Kitchen is our go to place for special occasions. This visit for our 48th wedding anniversary did not disappoint. Our hostess Joanne made sure our special day felt special.

NB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location for a business meeting. Excellent food.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very relaxed on a Tuesday night (may be difficult to get a table on weekends). Prompt and courteous service, affordable wine list, and unique preparations make Vela Kitchen one of our go-to special places. We shared the cauliflower fritters which are great, several unique salads (large portions), and the entress were all well-received. Love the fresh fish - branzino is a favorite, served over spinach and butternut squash. The seared tuna over sticky rice was less tasty but a very attractive presentation.

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food ranged from very good to excellent for the table. The tuna and salmon were outstanding. Service was cordial and well meaning but on the slow side. Had to ask for a glass of wine twice. This was our second time here and will make it a regular stop when we go to the Jacob Burns. All in all a good place and the food makes up for the very trivial negatives.

AN
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had very good time at Vela Kitchen. Food was very good. With the exception that to my palate I would have enjoyed more if the mashed potatoes had a little more butter to make them creamier. And if the short ribs were accompanied by a sort of a sauce. I think those two were a bit dry. Even though the flavor was good. My duck was very tasty. I would recommend this place to others and I would try other items in the menu as well.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative menu, delicious food. A bit noisy, but so worth it for the excellent cuisine.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vela has made a good fist of transforming a stripmall-like location in to something that approximates to a Hipster hang! (Grey paneling, wood floor, exposed brick etc). We sat in a booth, which was great, and ate some imaginatively-conceived and well-prepared food. The wines by the glass selection is well chosen and I had the rose. Crisp and delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I have never eaten here before and found the food And decor and ambience to be good, What was upsetting was the service and the lack of respect for interrupting our conversation over and over again. It was unacceptable and unbelievable that both the server and waiter could not wait 0.1 seconds before interrupting. This happened many times and wrecked a dinner like a dinner has never been wrecked before. Owners need to think about hiring trained staff.

NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food fast service nice place good prices overall

LA
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Vela kitchen is excellent. This was our 4th or 5th time dining there. We have brought friends/family multiple times because it is a great choice. Our family enjoyed everything that touched the table! We started with Truffle Popcorn for the table which is one of my favorites. Fried Calamari was crunchy and delicious. My Aunt ordered a filet mignon (well done) and she said it was cooked perfectly and was so tender! I ordered a filet mignon (RARE) and it was PERFECT and awesome! My husband got the short ribs (again) and they were great. My Uncle ordered a pasta special that he said was light but filling and so tasty. We will definitely be back!

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