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Vela Kitchen - Vela Kitchen, Pleasantville, NY

Vela Kitchen

4.8
4.8
505 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.

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Booked 3 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Vegan Cauliflower-Corn SoupUS$11.00

    • Warm Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Grana Padano, Fig GlazeUS$14.00

      • Cauliflower Fritters, Roasted Beet AioliUS$12.00

        • Fried Calamari, Ginger RemouladeUS$14.00

          • Truffle Mac & Cheese, Seasoned BreadcrumbsUS$10.00

            • P.E.I. Mussels + FriesUS$18.00

              Tomato-Basil, Spicy Prosciutto, or Garlic-White Wine

              • Grass-Fed Beef Sliders, Caramelized Onions, Piave Vecchio, Chipotle MayonnaiseUS$15.00

                • Beef-Pork-Veal Meatballs, Fresh Ricotta, TomatoUS$14.00

                  • Chicken Parmigiano Sliders, Mozzarella, Basil PestoUS$14.00

                    • Crispy Shrimp Dumplings, Cream Cheese, Scallion, Soy-GingerUS$14.00

                      • Tuna Tartare, Wonton Crisp, Avocado Mousse, Spicy SoyUS$19.00

                        • Salmon Tartare, Quinoa, Avocado, Pickled Ginger, TamariUS$16.00

                          • Roasted Golden Beet, Goat Cheese, Candied Walnut, Balsamic GlazeUS$13.00

                            Salads

                            add Chicken $8; Salmon $10; Shrimp $10

                            • Romaine Heart, Roasted Corn, Roasted Pepper, Avocado, Fried Shallots, Parmesan, Creamy CaesarUS$13.00

                              • Harvest Bowl, Kale, Quinoa, Butternut Squash, Cranberry, Pepita, Feta Cheese, Blood Orange-Honey VinaigretteUS$14.00

                                • Baby Arugula, Fennel, Apple, Almond, Blue Cheese, Apple-Ginger VinaigretteUS$13.00

                                  Fish

                                  • Pan-Seared Branzino, Roasted Butternut Squash, Sautéed Spinach, Beurre BlancUS$31.00

                                    • Seared Salmon, Forbidden Black Thai Rice, Sautéed Kale, Coconut-Mustard SauceUS$29.00

                                      • Sesame-Crusted Tuna, Sticky Rice, Asparagus-Mushroom, Ginger PonzuUS$36.00

                                        • 'Mariscada', Salmon, Shrimp, Artichoke, Brussels Sprouts, Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach-Basil PestoUS$30.00

                                          • Lobster Paella, Saffron Risotto, Mussels, Calamari, Chicken, Spicy Prosciutto, Fresh Herb-Garlic-White WineUS$34.00

                                            Meat

                                            • Cabernet-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Mashed Potato, Brussels Sprouts, Crispy OnionUS$33.00

                                              • Herb-Roasted Organic Chicken, Risotto, Sautéed Spinach, Caper-White Wine SauceUS$29.00

                                                • Sirloin, Sweet Potato Fries, Asparagus, Peppercorn CreamUS$36.00

                                                  • Grilled Chicken, House-Made Fettucine, Asparagus, Artichokes, Sundried Tomato, Cream SauceUS$28.00

                                                    • Seared Pork Chop, Mashed Sweet & Yukon Potato, Haricots Verts, Pineapple GlazeUS$32.00

                                                      • Pan-Seared Duck Breast, Goat Cheese-Sweet Potato Gratin, Broccolini, Apple Cider GlazeUS$34.00

                                                        Fresh Popcorn

                                                        $6. Choose:

                                                        • Truffle

                                                          • Rosemary

                                                            House Made Desserts

                                                            $10

                                                            • Ricotta Kisses

                                                              • Double Chocolate Brownie

                                                                • Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

                                                                  • Sorbet-Chef's Choice

                                                                    Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                    What 505 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                    4.8
                                                                    4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                    • 4.9Food
                                                                    • 4.8Service
                                                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                                                    • 4.4Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                                    Loved For

                                                                    • New York / Tri-State Area

                                                                      Contemporary American

                                                                    • Westchester / Hudson Valley

                                                                      Best Food

                                                                    • Westchester / Hudson Valley

                                                                      Contemporary American

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                                                                      grandmalu

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      77 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      77 reviews

                                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience3

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

                                                                    2. B

                                                                      Beautiful

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      55 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      55 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.

                                                                    3. 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!

                                                                    4. 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.

                                                                    5. 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!

                                                                    6. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    7. 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.

                                                                    8. 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

                                                                    9. 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!

                                                                    10. 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!!

                                                                    11. EO

                                                                      EatOutALot

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      79 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      79 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!

                                                                    12. 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.

                                                                    13. p

                                                                      pickyinirvington

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Lovely pre-theater dining!

                                                                    14. 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.

                                                                    15. 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.

                                                                    16. 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!

                                                                    17. HD

                                                                      HeidiD

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      good food and wine at reasonable prices

                                                                    18. 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!!

                                                                    19. 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

                                                                    20. 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.

                                                                    21. 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.

                                                                    22. 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.

                                                                    23. 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

                                                                    24. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                      Excellent, fresh food!

                                                                    25. 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 .

                                                                    26. 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.

                                                                    27. JB

                                                                      JoanneB

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      7 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.

                                                                    28. E

                                                                      Ern19

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 24, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Consistently delish!

                                                                    29. 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!

                                                                    30. 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!

                                                                    31. ML

                                                                      MattL

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on October 22, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Fantastic consistent food, love this place, definite will be back

                                                                    32. 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.

                                                                    33. EO

                                                                      EatOutALot

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      79 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      79 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.

                                                                    34. 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.

                                                                    35. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on August 18, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Great food and service!

                                                                    36. 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

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                                                                      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.

                                                                    38. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Everything was incredible .

                                                                    39. C

                                                                      Christine123

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on July 31, 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Consistently excellent food. I love that they have low carb choices that are creative and delicious.

                                                                    40. E

                                                                      Eatalot

                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                      Dined on July 31, 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      We love Vela! The service is great as is the food. The roast Chicken was very tender and tasty. Lovely atmosphere.

                                                                    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 4.8 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                    Booked 3 times today
                                                                    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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