Vela Kitchen

4.8
486 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 486 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipLoriN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipTravelfiendnj
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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.

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vipcindy914
New York Area
59 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.

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robertm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent, fresh food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 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 .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JoanneB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 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.

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Ern19
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delish!

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Jawjet
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food…branzini was delicious and the dessert was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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MattL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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michaelM
New York Area
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.

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vipEatOutALot
New York Area
78 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.

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Nenette
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

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LucyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcome oftenas we enjoy everything about the restaurang

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susan
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible .

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Christine123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipEatalot
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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GeorgB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service, never disappoints

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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
34 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
29 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Great staff
Fabulous place

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vipJustThinking
New York Area
81 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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Hungry123
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and great location (near Jacob Burns Film Center). Perfect combo for movie and dinner.

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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
33 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food - A go to dining spot in Pleasantville

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vipscarboroughinvestor
London
54 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!

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 486 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.