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La Vela Dining & Bar

83 reviews
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$31 to $50
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La Vela is an Italian restaurant specialized in Southern Italian cuisine and wood fired pizza from Naples. Owner Antonio Mauro from Naples introduces his specialty pizza, food, hospitality, passion and an experience like you were in your own home.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Dining Bar, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 695-2112
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrea D. Pina
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Catering available, and corporate accounts welcome.
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Cross street
between 42nd and 43rd Street
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Parking details
Street parking after 7:00 pm or park at Parkright Garage at 43rd Street between 11th & 12th Avenues for $20 up to 6 hours.
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Public transit
42nd Street Port Authority A, C, E. 42nd Street and 7th Ave 1,2,3.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00 - 7:00pm
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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What 83 People Are Saying
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stevemb425 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food! Great service! Absolutely delicious! 😋

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, Italian owner came over and showed my gf how to eat pasta properly (spoon + fork). It was a good time.

vipBostonDiner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Nice spot in a slightly out-of-the-way, up-and-coming neighborhood. Service was very good and the food was terrific.

SJP61 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great service. Outstanding food. Calm atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. Highly recommend.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Perfect neighborhood gem! Always great food and service

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Had a lunch business meeting at La Vela during NRF show at the Javits Center. About a 5-6 minute walk from the venue, La Vela’s food is incredible. We shared the fried Calimari appetizer and all ordered varieties of chicken dishes. The pacing of the service was perfect, it wasn’t too loud, and our lunch meeting was a success.

I highly recommend La Vela.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

La Vela is a quaint gem with delicious Italian food and gluten free options! Great wine selection. This is great for a neighborhood night out or a business meeting.

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was very slow, even though the restaurant wasn't busy when we arrived. The food was okay, but was barely warm when it arrived. It was difficult to get the attention of our waiter. It was disappointing.

vipMeehanPartyof2 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Another successful night out at La Vela! My husband and I frequent this place and as always, never a let down. We went for New Year's Eve and several items from their special menu for the night. Everything was above expectations! We started with great cocktails, then for apps we had the lobster bisque which was amazing, the baked clams pack a big punch of flavor, and the steak and lobster were perfectly cooked! The night was even more special as they had a guest jazz singer who filled the air with festive sounds. I highly recommend anyone looking for an Italian meal to make a reservation and let their taste buds do the judging!

Jessyann (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious food. The Chef and owner came out to greet guest. Very attentive staff. Delightful Old Fashioned crafted bar drink. Great location near Circle Line Cruises. Open late which makes dinner after a harbor cruise wonderful.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Our waiter was a wonderful gentleman who obviously enjoyed his work. The fare was delicious. The almond cake and tiramisu we're both outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Had dinner here with my husband on Christmas Eve, pasta was the best we’ve ever tasted and very authentic. Reasonable price and great gluten free pasta, will definitely return every time we come to New York. Owner was very attentive and made sure our evening was memorable.

Joseph (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was great except for one critical thing - the staff isn't careful enough about food allergies.

My mom is severely allergic to eggs, and as she ordered she emphasized this to the waiter, saying it multiple times. He acknowledged it. My dad also turned to him and said something like "this is really important - it's very dangerous for her to have even a little bit of eggs anywhere in the food". He seemed to understand.

There were eggs in the salad dressing anyway, and my mom started reacting immediately. When she informed the waiter, he went and checked and said "oh it's only a little bit of eggs", which really made me angry because it shows he didn't take allergies seriously.

Upon further questioning he said that he worked at another restaurant where they made a vinaigrette dressing where they didn't use eggs, and so he assumed there would be no eggs in the dressing here either, and so only wrote down "no eggs" for the main course and not the salad.

You should never make assumptions when dealing with allergies. People can die! In my mom's case, she didn't have to go to the hospital, but she had to deal with an unpleasant allergic reaction for the rest of the night and also had to take Benadryl, both of which kind of ruined the evening for her.

I hope La Vela makes a stronger and more clear policy regarding food allergies, as it can be very serious and really hurt someone if not treated extremely seriously.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was great and convenient to the theatres. Greeter was very helpful and had good food suggestions.

Foxterrier (London)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Brilliant evening. I think it was the he owner who served us all the evening and his recommendations were brilliant. A bit of theatre when he finalises the food in front of you. Family feeling restaurant

snowskinj (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

A truly pleasant surprise on the west side. This place is a hidden gem. Everything was delicious. From the caprese salad to the lobster ravioli, all were extremely well prepared. And the house wines are just as good as the meal. I am a huge fan.

Janet (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We love this restaurant and visit it whenever we are in town. It is in walking distance from the Circle Line Harbor tour, which is how we found it. The Osso Bucco is tasty and tender. The Sacchetti is delicious. Service was attentive and the ambiance very nice. I will keep going back, just wish I lived closer.

vipCharlieH (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

The whole meal had its ups and downs but overall this place is just average.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

So glad we found this gem on Open Table! It was perfect for my family! Met my son here who had recently moved to NYC.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved our meal! Did wine tasting too! Everything was terrific!!!

vipSDvtnyc (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent pizza- thin crust, healthy and delicious!

RebeccaW (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

In town on business with a group of 10 and no plans for dinner. I found this place on yelp because it was walking distance from our hotel, had good reviews, and took a reservation for 10 without much notice. This place did NOT disappoint. From the moment we walked in, the older gentleman treated us like long lost family. The recommendations on appetizers for the table and attention to details he made were awesome and something told us the rest of the meal would be great. The food was SOOO good. Our table ordered a bit of everything - fresh homemade pasta dishes, real wood fired pizza (like literally you watch it cook), the lamb, and last but not least - the desserts that were heavenly. We had such a great time and unknowingly paid for a tip on top of it already being included in the bill based on our party size. Not only did our amazing server come back and point this out (such an honest guy) but he also gave us all hugs on our way out. We absolutely LOVED this place and hope to return the next time we are in town. The service and delivery alone makes this place special but the food pushed it over the line to phenomenal!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Always great service and food. A true neighborhood gem.

vipMeehanPartyof2 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

We've always been a fan of La Vela ever since it opened. The staff is super welcoming and the food is always great. We bring our friends and they come back to experience more of the menu! Never a bad night at LaVela!

vipMactor17 (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Hi Prices, small portions, and mediocre food. The place was empty on a Friday evening and I understand why. Salad was very good but the pasta was over done and a very small portion. I would look elsewhere.

Dana (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Poor service, food was great but very expensive for the small portion size

trim (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

The waiter was very helpful I told him that I liked spicy food I ordered calamari ,then lamb .He said I will take care of everything .It was perfect!!

Davidcnyc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

La Vela is always wonderful. Antonio and his staff are the best.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

Fabulous real italian from Italy food. The owner is from Italy and has other restaurants. Excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Great Italian dining, especially great for Broadway show nights since its located very close to Times Square. Bar scene and dining tables. Great service and great food.