Ridge Nightlife and Dining: Spotlight on Vela Tapas

A far cry from the often noisy, larger culinary hot spots in theRidge, Vela Tapas is a dimly lit, romantic spot, perfect for datenight or catching up with an old friend. The owner, Mark Libertinispeaks passionately about a menu which boasts incredible andoriginal sharing plates inspired by the cuisine of Spain.

The bacon wrapped dates stuffed with manchego cheese in ared-wine reduction are not to be missed, coupled with one of manyflavors of mojitos that complete the other-worldly experience. Theplace is decorated with stately, iron candelabras and exposed brickwalls lining leather booths. The ambience is intimate andreminiscent of the region which inspired the menu. The patio isperfect for warm weather dining, where you can enjoy a Spanish winefrom the extensive wine list. Vela Tapas offers weekly specials,including a delectable brunch on weekends and sangria and winespecials during the week. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly,putting customers at ease as they indulge in all that Spain in theRidge has to offer.

ADDRESS: 8305 3rd Avenue

PHONE NUMBER: (718) 680-0800


BEST NIGHT: On Thursdays, the spot offers half price bottles ofwine, a steal.

MOST POPULAR MENU ITEM: Gambas al ajillo , datiles con tocino,flavored mojitos.

BEST FOR: Intimate dining.

ALCOHOL: Full bar.



WEBSITE: www.velatapas.com

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