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Posted by JAC on 07/04/2013
My wife and I have been patrons of la vela's for over 10 years we always celebrated special occasions there because we have always received excellent service great food and the ambiance is just right.
Posted by Hairy Hungry Geek on 11/16/2012
Last night my wife and I stopped by for a late dinner, based on reviews here. What a pleasant find! We had the baby greens and goat cheese salad plus the pancetta-wrapped scallops to start, and had the wild mushroom ravioli and the veal saltimbocca for main courses. The bread served was quite nice, with the requisite extra virgin olive oil for dipping. Wine selection was good, although a couple of dollars more than I've seen in other places. I will say that the best part was that the service was absolutely impeccable. Wait staff, bus staff, servers, hostess - all were super nice and polite, totally efficient. We wanted for nothing, never had to go out of our way to get attention. The food was pretty good upscale italian, although I continue to be surprised at the upward climb in prices everywhere. The salad was nice although very slightly underdressed - but I would much rather this than the frequent over-dressing I have encountered elsewhere (which you can't do anything about). The scallops were good, although the wine sauce was slightly too salty. The ravioli tasted perfect, my wife loved it. The saltimbocca was the best I've had recently - it is one of my favorites. The spaghetti on the side could have been improved if it had been fresh pasta, but it was clearly from a box. We finished with cappuccino and a tiramisu. All in all, a very enjoyable meal, and I can't say enough good things about the service. Best I've had in years - although that could have been due to the fact that it was very uncrowded, maybe only four tables with customers when we arrived. We'll be back.
Posted by Kathy on 09/26/2012
La Vela was recommended to us by a friend a few years ago. We have consistently had outstanding, friendly service and food.
Posted by Arlene on 06/25/2012
I ordered what was suppossed to be fresh ravioli, with ricotto and spinach. The filling was hardly there and had no taste. The sauce was sub-par. My husband ordered clams with pasta which had the same sauce and the clams were so salty like they were preserving them in salt. We live in the city so we know what a good Italian restaurant is. This was not.
Posted by Suzy on 05/09/2012
Whenever I come into the city, I eat at La Vela. The food is fabulous and the staff, superior. It is by far my favorite restaurant.
Posted by Nycellie on 01/14/2012
This was always my go to Italian on the UWS.Went tonight and found the waitress brusque, the food plunked down on the table and the prices at least 30 percent higher than last year. I miss the way La Vela use to be.
Posted by bklynbabe on 08/22/2011
the calamari & baked clams were good.