Vela Kitchen

4.6
463 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 463 people are saying
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vipFoodlover
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

First time diner here; beautiful restaurant, great service overall. Was surprised that the food was so bland. The vegetarian sliders, chicken milanese and steak were rather bland, like they were missing something. So had to reach for the salt to kick up the flavor. Will give it another try in the near future. Very nice cocktail and wine list.

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JodiB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Excellent service. Nice people. Lovely ambiance. A little pricey but overall a great experience having dinner there.

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Hollang
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are so-so restaurants and then there are memorable eating experiences. Our dinner (celebrating our 36 wedding anniversary) was clearly in the memorable category. Seated at a cozy window-side table, the hostess was very solicitous, congratulating us on our anniversary and brought over a couple of complimentary flutes of bubbly which was an unexpected nicety! There was plenty of staff bustling about and all were very friendly, but the really great part of the experience was the FOOD! I confess, my wife and I are a little bit "foodie," and this was our first time at Vela so our expectations were modest. Boy were we wrong! From the starters through to the Ricotta Kisses" (aka beignets) and cappuccino at the end, everything was simply outstanding. Our starters were a great introduction, Cauliflower Fritters, Roasted Beet Aioli which my wife is still raving about & my Tuna Tartare, Wonton Crisp, Avocado Mousse, Spicy Soy was fresh, beautifully presented and tasty as all get out! We shared the Heirloom Grape Tomato, Mozzarella, Asparagus, Pickled Onion,
Basil, Balsamic Glaze Salad which was so beautifully presented that I didn't want to disturb it. It was also delicioso! Then for entries we had (& shared back & forth) the Pan-Seared Branzino, Cauliflower Rice, Sautéed Spinach,
Corn Emulsion, Horseradish-Beet Sauce & the Lobster Paella, Saffron Risotto, Mussels, Calamari, Chicken, Spicy Prosciutto, Fresh Herb-Garlic-White Wine. Both were really outstanding and again, beautifully presented and drop-dead yummy! Bottom line is that this "find" is definitely on our repeat list!

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vipOwlwoman12
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Creative cuisine, reasonably priced, great neighborhood restaurant!

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AdrienneA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. The specials are amazing and the service is great also. Lots of fresh, healthy choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great staff
Fabulous place

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vipJustThinking
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner at Vela's is always good. The branzino entrée was delicious. The menu has a nice selection of meat and fish, as well as salads. The salad with avocado, corn and Caesar dressing was very good. The one disappointment at Vela's is the bread. It is dry and has no taste. Other than that Vela's is an excellent choice.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely brunch menu. Great food and cocktails. Service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I were looking for a place to eat after a long day of driving and they were doing restaurant week. Everyone was so welcoming. The regular menu and the restaurant week menu looked amazing. We tried the truffle Mac and cheese- really creamy and comforting. Cauliflower fritters with beet aioli were delicious. Our meals were a huge portion! I got the fresh pasta with veal beef pork meatballs- everything tasted fresh and the thin bits of garlic were what really made the dish. My fiancé had the salmon with kale and forbidden black rice and coconut mustard sauce- WOW! Cooked perfectly and just next level unique flavor. We both enjoyed the bread pudding which was super tasty and had a surprising sugary crunch to It.

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vipRAKO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food - A go to dining spot in Pleasantville

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vipscarboroughinvestor
London
52 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our go to Pville dinner location; diverse entree selection of seafood, meat, salads & pasta. Another option is to combine two starters: moules frites, tuna tartare, beef or chicken sliders. Good by-the-glass wine list.

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charlesh
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. We had the short ribs, and tuna entrees along with the tuna and calamari appetizers. The cocktails were quite nice too. Tables are nicely spaced for covid considerations. Staff are friendly and attentive.

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westchester
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food very good
Staff excellent

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AllynR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tables are spaced well apart, great attentive service, and excellent menu with great food. My husband and I will definitely return.

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Michael
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good experience at Vela. Tuna and Salmon Tartare was delicious as well as the PEI mussels with white wine garlic and prosciutto. Service was wonderful too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place and the food was mostly delicious. The atmosphere was beautiful. The manager/owner was kind enough to show me around the place and go through the pictures of Pleasantville from the past.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had really wonderful service provided by Chris. He was spot on with food and wine recommendations. Other staff were helpful as well. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always. The staff was friendly and great!

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vipPerriS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great like it always is. Service was a little slower than normal though.

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GaryL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

First time to Vela. Nice people and a good meal. Looks like the kind of bar I would want to eat at post covid.

Pretty good covid adherence. I sat inside but outside looked well run as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything!

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vipPerriS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is amazing and the service was terrific.

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MillieT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner is always excellent and the service is friendly, attentive and welcoming. Highly recommend Vela

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MarthaC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most amazing Anniversary dinner! From the atmosphere to the service to the food - impeccable! We highly, highly recommend Vela!

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vipJuneW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day. Reviews for Vela were very good, we wanted to try a new place.
Rather nervous about eating out (we haven’t in weeks) we were so pleasantly surprised about how all the tables were spaced apart (we had a cosy table by the window next to the fireplace) and we felt very safe, very socially distant even though there were many other diners in the room.
The food was phenomenal. The cauliflower fritters quite something. All the dishes were carefully prepared, beautifully presented and tasted great. We had the short ribs and lobster spells. Will definitely return soon!

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AmandaNatalie13
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vela kitchen never disappoints! One of our favorite local spots! Food is excellent and so is the service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around! Great drinks, food is stellar & service a pleasure

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MikeG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything high quality. Great aps and all main courses we tried very good

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DanC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every interaction with staff and every bite is predictably perfect. Always a pleasure.

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AndreaZ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, selection and staff. Everything was delicious(The short ribs were succulent and tender and the paella was rich and savory) and the whole space was clean. The prices were about what you'd expect for midscale dining. 2 entrées, a salad, 2 drinks and dessert came to about $120 after tax and tip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a beautiful double date with friends. The food was delicious. We split several appetizers and particularly enjoyed the cauliflower fritters and meatballs. For an entree we loved the short ribs. The room is beautiful and we felt safe. The staff is friendly and very professional. We look forward to returning soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner spots in Westchester!

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vipCARAS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff

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vipHungry123
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, thoughtful staff, great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent my go to place

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JessicaS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the staff was great . we sat inside with minimal people

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vipBrookeS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot friendly service - delicious cocktails- and a great spot outside with heaters!

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vipthomast
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great experience at vela!! great food excellent staff doing a great job during this trying time!!

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vipKPdining
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience. Lively outdoor dining, proper spacing, they had heaters, good was delicious and service was great. Neighborhood gem!

FAQs

Vela Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 769-2980.

Vela Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 463 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.