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Vela Kitchen - Vela Kitchen, Pleasantville, NY

Vela Kitchen

4.7
4.7
508 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (914) 769-2980

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Felipe Velazquez

  • Neighbourhood

    Pleasantville

  • Parking Details

    In addition to on-street parking, there is a municipal lot directly behind the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Vela Kitchen is located 1 block from the Metro-North Pleasantville train station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westchester / Hudson Valley

    Best Food

  • Westchester / Hudson Valley

    Contemporary American

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  1. PS

    PerriS

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  2. PS

    PatriceS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Vela Kitchen with a colleague last evening. Started the dinner with one of their fabulous drinks along with the brussel sprout appetizer. My colleague ordered the bronzino which she raved about. I enjoyed the Chicken Milinese which was crispy and loaded with arugula, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, and shaved parmesan cheese. It was outstanding. Although we were both a bit full, we couldn't resist sharing the famous ricotta kisses. Already looking forward to my next dinner there! Thank you to the attentivee staff and the great chef!
  3. J

    Jude

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wine choices are well chosen. There is an extensive list of varied Starters which work well as main dishes for diners seeking a smaller meal
  4. g

    grandmalu

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We ate outdoors. It was comfortable and the service was lovely. Food was wonderful.
  5. B

    Beautiful

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Let me start by saying I always enjoy my meal at Vela Kitchen. Our server was attentive and personable. My only issue with Vela Kitchen is that their menu has NOT changed. This is the one issue that keeps me from coming back more often.
  6. JS

    JSeats

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Friendly, professional servers. Warm ambiance. Vela Kitchen is perfect!
  7. PH

    PeterH

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Paella with lobster was incredibly fresh. Risotto was first class. Great ambiance and drinks. Allan our server was first class. We will be back.
  8. J

    Jawjet

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious esp the appetizer of mussels and fries!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it♥️. 1st time there and we will definitely be back!!
  10. r

    robertm

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific place and highly recommend it Food is top notch and smile a welcoming host.
  11. DA

    DebbieA

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, friendliest staff, amazing food and great atmosphere ..One of the best in Westchester and never Disappoints
  12. A

    Ariesgirl

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Great food. Great service! Such a wonderful staff!
  13. m

    michy

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal every time!! I typically have the salmon with black rice but last night I tried the pork chop and it was delicious!! Food and drink always great and staff so friendly. Love coming to Vela!!
  14. EO

    EatOutALot

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been a while since I have been to Vela Kitchen. Thrilled that the food and service are as excellent as always. Terrific seared tuna and crispy shrimp dumplings. And my companion enjoyed her beet starter and harvest bowl. Ricotta kisses to top off the meal. Scrumptious!
  15. DC

    DanielC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We visit Vela Kitchen often and the quality of the food and service is consistently excellent. Last night we celebrated our anniversary and they provided us a glass of complimentary Prosecco once we were seated - a nice touch. The only negative is that the music from the bar area is intrusive in the dining room with a continuous thumping of the bass which takes away from the very pleasant atmosphere.
  16. p

    pickyinirvington

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely pre-theater dining!
  17. LR

    LiveforRestos

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Vela always succeeds as they did once again last night for a Pre Theatre dinner. Most of the food was fantastic. The app's vary greatly in size and quality. The chix parm sliders were plentiful but mediocre. The Tuna Tartare was the opposite: tiny but terrific. My only objection to dining here is there is absolutely no WiFi. This is a problem for me and many others especially for a local restaurant which serves the need of quick meals on an as needed basis, often during a busy work week.
  18. m

    michy

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always and nice that they let you know how happy they are to have your business.
  19. m

    michelec

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has become a go to when I want a casually elegant place to sit with a friend and share some inspired food. The vibe is just perfect and the tables are place thoughtfully so that you are not overbearing other conversation. And the service is just lovely. Attentive but not intrusive. Great spot!
  20. HD

    HeidiD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food and wine at reasonable prices
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxing evening. Salad and entrees well prepared. Dinner was excellent!!
  22. r

    robertm

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place food terrific and people nice Highly recommend
  23. LN

    LoriN

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive.
  24. T

    Travelfiendnj

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a diverse and interesting menu. We dined on most of the appetizers and they were all delivered ious. We missed the truffle Mac and cheese and the sliders but will try them next time. Service was attentive but not at all intrusive.
  25. c

    cindy914

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A. I’ve cozy restaurant offering REALLY good food, nice service and lovely ambience. Lots of nice choices on the menu. For VEGANS, a vegan delicious soup is on the menu and the restaurant created a delicious dish for me. Don’t forget to order their crispy French fries. Yum.
  26. r

    robertm

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in the area. Mike does a fantastic job and the people working there are top notch. Highly recommend
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent, fresh food!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vela Kitchen is one of the absolute best restaurants in Westchester! The food is always amazing/spot on! Cozy atmosphere, fabulous, fun, well made cocktails with “real” ingredients The staff is as friendly as you can get. The entire operation is diligently orchestrated by the owner Michael who is best in class! No I am not related to anyone involved with Vela…it is just my fav, never disappoints .
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal with excellent service. Vela is consistently excellent.
  30. JB

    JoanneB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time back since the pandemic and it was fantastic! Would still love some vegetarian entrees that I don't need to think thru putting together from parts of the menu.
  31. E

    Ern19

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delish!
  32. J

    Jawjet

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food…branzini was delicious and the dessert was great!
  33. AF

    AnnemarieF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    great atmosphere, good drinks, apps & entrees! Ate in the bar area in a booth ( party of 4) and loved it!
  34. ML

    MattL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic consistent food, love this place, definite will be back
  35. M

    michaelM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great local place in Pleasantville. Really enjoyed with the family. Will go again. Service was top notch, food was very good, prices reasonable.
  36. EO

    EatOutALot

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One of my favorite restaurants, and I wasn't disappointed this evening. Beet and goat cheese salad plus tuna tartare made for a great light meal.
  37. N

    Nenette

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great menu. Delicious preparation. Good place to have dinner and talk.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  39. LW

    LucyW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcome oftenas we enjoy everything about the restaurang
  40. s

    susan

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High end cuisine at very reasonable prices. Excellent service . Very comfortable and very friendly.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Vela Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for Vela Kitchen

14 Washington Avenue Pleasantville, NY 10570

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Pleasantville

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    In addition to on-street parking, there is a municipal lot directly behind the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Vela Kitchen is located 1 block from the Metro-North Pleasantville train station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Felipe Velazquez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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