Vela Kitchen

4.6
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375 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
What 375 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

The noise level was upsetting. The menu was different from what is on line: e.g. no potatoes au gratin substituted by a very ordinary corn hash. The staff was wonderful.

GM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great meal and friendly staff! Every time I go I am pleased with the whole experience! The food is fabulous and the menu has so many options. Great night out!

M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are finicky diners who are thrilled with this neighborhood gem. Delicious fresh food.

Many choices all perfectly prepared and beautifully plated.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Michael is wonderful and we seem to see Chris our waitperson often. He's fabulous. The ambiance is lovely and the food is delicious. Perfect for pre or post Jacob Burns and it is a favorite of ours.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

outstanding choice for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, starting with fantastic Truffle Mac the pork chop was amazing, as was my wife's salmon. And the bread pudding was perfect.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is excellent and the service was great

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great place for a special catch up dinner with old friends. Service was very attentive and food was delicious.

HM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience. I would recommend to anyone. The owners and staff are excellent. The food exquisite.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Tuna tartare was excellent
Bronzino was good but nothing special good service and very comfortable place we had a 5:30 reservation and although the dining room was busy by the time we were finished we were never hurried or made to feel uncomfortable
Will definitely go again

g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place was hopping on a Sunday night. Sat at the bar and had great service and attention from Katy and Joanne. Always a pleasure and always a great meal. Osso Buco special was delicious.

h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Vela kitchen has a great menu and great ambiance. Perfect place to meet friends -

GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vela’s Kitchen is consistently good! We enjoyed a fantastic dinner and were never rushed out!

KB
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vela Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants in Westchester. It has fantastic food -- fresh, flavorful, generous portions. Every dish I've had there has been great. The tuna tartare appetizer is amazing, as is their fish and pasta dishes. It also has great atmosphere, and lovely servers. Perfect for pre-movie appetizers and drinks or a date night.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is creative and delicious. The service is excellent

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, service was very nice
Didn't love the music
Will def come again

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their mussels are always soooo good.

EW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great date night dinner

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice dining experience. I will certainly eat there again.

BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was good. They didn’t seem extremely busy, but our service was on the slow side.

BC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

m
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!!

F
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

PS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
65 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.