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Vella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vellanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 335-0456
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am,
    Saturday-Sunday 11am - 2:00am.
    Weekend Brunch Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E 77th St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vella
We, at Vella, New York City combine relaxed, refined ambience with world-class gourmet cuisine, satisfying the palates of many discerning eaters. Vella is a result of the dedication, expertise and commitment to quality by founders Pavel Srbecky and Ladislav Kulisek, and offers a panoramic view of the famed Upper East Side area of New York City.

At Vella, we have strived to combine rustic charm with refined décor, creating a casual and laid-back vibe which is a perfect companion for the gourmet food on offer. Our menu is an enchanting mix of delectable plates such as flatbread, crostinis and cheeses, and signature dishes like lamb chops, salmon cioppino and the classic filet mignon, that bear the classic Vella stamp of vibrant soul pleasing taste. Accompanied with the finest selection of wines around the world and choicest cocktails, we offer a memorable fine dining experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Perfect for a drink and a bite (although the dinner menu looked pretty good, too). Happy hour glass of rose and a flatbread really hit the spot! Vibe is cool, friendly, and there was a mix of couples, friends, and family at about 7 PM."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We found Vella after looking for a last-minute reservation. Many reviewers complained about service, but we had no problems! Service was attentive and the food was great. It is small-plate style, which we didn't realize before we got there, but all our choices we good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very noisy inside ( worse ) & outside. Just good for neighborhood. Would not travel to come there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Meh. Skip it. Food was inedible and service very questionable."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The restaurant entrees were quite good. One of the appetizers never showed up. The other appetizer was fig jelly on a piece of bread and rather unappetizing. The overall service was very poor with their forgetting orders and mixing them up."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I really loved the ambience of Vella. The location is nice and the atmosphere was relaxing. I went for Sunday brunch and although the restaurant was not busy the service was SLOW/not apparent. Apparently the head chef was not in (which was apparent in the tasteless food that otherwise could have been delicious) and our server was terrible/non-existent. I would certainly give this place another shot because it was a great ambience and has a lot more potential."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went with a big group and had heard great things. The menu was limited and dishes came cold. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Not only was our reservation not really honored (we were put in a back corner table that is not normally used for diners) but then we waited over 40 minutes for paninis and French toast. Sitting right at the pick up window for ready orders, we not only learned that the chef had run out of eggs at the brunch service but that 10 minutes later the owner had shut down all new food orders because the kitchen was out of food. Even with the edict that no new orders could be taken, the hostess continued to seat new diners! A run to a local grocery store replenished the eggs, bread and salad greens and a trip to the liquor store restocked the Prosecco but none of this would convince us to return."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Last minute could not get into popular neighborhood restos so ended up going to Vella which had a table. The food, atmosphere and waitstaff ended up being so good we have gone back several times and will continue to do so. It can get more crowded and noisy later on in the night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I ordered the steak and it was really good :) The service was great too. I will come back"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Have been here twice for brunch and both times have been amazing! The food is delicious and consistent and the service was incredible. Will 100% be back!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The staff was fantastic! I have not had such friendly service in a long time!!! The hostess was very accomodating and our server was excellent."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The mushroom crostini was delicious. Crispy and creamy at the same time. The special shrimp cassoulet was tasty but bore little resemblance to a true cassoulet. Serving sizes were perfect. The menu is a good mix of things to graze on and share or to do traditional appetizer, entrée, and desert. The pricing is almost too reasonable. Simple wine list with something for everyone and intriguing cocktails. The service is a bit too slow and could be more attentive. The staff needs to stop talking amongst themselves and pay attention to their tables. Bottom line it was a pleasant evening and we will go back. Tonight as a matter of fact."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The service at Vella is horrific. The manager and hostess were extremely rude and gave away our table for 8 people that I had reserved a week in advance. They were rude, obnoxious, and unapologetic about their behavior. We took our business elsewhere and won't be returning to Vella ever again and would never recommend this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I went with a few of my UES girlfriends on a weeknight, and we had a really great time at Vella. The service was kind and easygoing (we never felt rushed) the food was very good, and the vibe was contemporary, fun, but also cozy. They had lots of fun craft cocktails to choose from - I'm a big fan of the Peachtree Fizz. The lobster bisque appetizer special was awesome, the cheese plate with honey and jam was lovely, and my truffle mac & cheese with bacon was in a word, delicious. I'll definitely be going back and am glad Vella is in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I am a regular at Vella. It's new spot in the neighborhood. The owner is an expert at creating fine dining experience and welcoming environment that makes you want to come back. Its great for having beer or wine on the bar or sitting down to eat with special one or a group, iv'e done both."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Besides having a server who was too busy flirting with the hostess to check on his tables. The dish I ordered ended up coming covered in a sauce that I am allergic to that was not at all listed on the menu. When I explained this to the waiter and I said can I just have this without the sauce. He took my dish back to the kitchen. About 10 minutes later the waiter returned to tell me that the Chef would like to speak with me and I needed to follow him to the kitchen. Against my better judgement I went and he just looks at me and says what do you want..."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "So-so food in a neighborhood with much better. I might go back for a drink but everything else was just fair. I do not like the tall tables for dinner. We sat at a regular table but there are only three of them. If they had not been available, we would have left. The chef was charming and his home made cookies a nice touch. But there are so many better places to go up the block or around the corner."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Picked this place on a whim for a first date. Great atmosphere, food and music. Great scene"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "My friends and I enjoyed the food and selections, but it was too noisey."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I was really excited to try Vella because there aren't many wine bar restaurants UES. Unfortunately the service was extremely slow, even to get a drink ordered, and the server botched my meal order. When I explained that the other two people at our table ordered chicken but I ordered salmon the server tried to make me feel like I ordered wrong! Annoying experience and not going back."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Interesting new place in the neighborhood but the food was SLOOOw and came out cold. We waited 20 minutes for a simple mushroom crostini. Not surprisingly, it came out cold. When we requested fresh warm food the waiter was rude and offensive. He blamed the cold food on the kitchen. Since when does food come off the stove cold?? The whole experience was shocking and disturbing. This place has such promise when it first opened. We will not be returning unless they hire friendly staff and rework the kitchen."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We really enjoyed trying Vella last weekend. My fiance and I met two friends and their 15-month old. The service was perfect and friendly, the restaurant was a feast for the eyes (meats, cheeses, bottles, little French touches) and our food was delicious - and so affordable. It was hard to decide what to order - and we decided we wanted to own all of their plates and little castiron dishes. We'll have to get there earlier so when they still have the Quiche Lorraine! My friends loved their Eggs Benedict and Croque Madame - I had the French Toast, which was also wonderful. I point out that they are wonderful to little ones too! A new favorite!"
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "the service was very very slow. the food was ok. I would not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "This place is great if you are looking for a nice wine bar to have a glass of wine or 2 with friends. However, the service is lacking and the food, beyond flat breads and cheese plates is mediocre. The last 2 times I have been there the service has been super slow. apparently short staffed. however, if you are just looking for a place with a good ambience and some vino, give it a shot!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "This was the worst food I have had in my neighborhood. The service was dreadful. Incompetent hostess and waitresses who do not speak English. Very expensive and disappointing."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Went there with a friend over the weekend and it was a perfect evening to sit outside. Great menu selection. I had the truffle Mac and cheese which was really good. Great wine selection. The staff was very friendly a d attentive. Great new neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "the service was a little spotty (though super nice), but they're new so they get a pass. food was really good. good wine list, as well. i'd go back."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Vella has a great energetic ambiance and is perfect for a girlfriends catch-up date over a glass of wine or a romantic night with the significant other. Love it!"
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "Vella was a nice spot to go and have a drink with a few friends. The food was nothing special but hopefully this aspect will improve once they get more settled in. The happy hour is great! Good selection of drinks and the atmosphere is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing this place doing well!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Ridiculously long wait for our entrees. Waiter never came to check on us."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Way to loud Did not have table ready at reservation time Seem disorganized"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We tried this new restaurant/bar on a Friday night during the heat wave -- the A/C was not nearly enough to cool down what appears to be a new (and boisterously loud) neighborhood hot spot. The food was pretty decent; we especially liked the kale salad and the truffle mac and cheese. We might give it a second try on a cooler weeknight."
    Dined on 7/19/2013