La Vela Has Closed

La Vela, the Italian restaurant located right off the corner of 78th and Amsterdam, shut their doors on February 16th.

Reviews were very mixed over the years. They ended their very long run with 2.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, and 3.4 out of 5 stars on Google.


You could certainly say this area is a microcosm of the constantly changing commercial landscape of the neighborhood.

Right next door, at 375 Amsterdam, White Gold Butchers shut down during August of 2018.

Right across the street, a taco chain called Tacombi will be opening in the former home of Sugar and Plumm. We don’t know when that will happen quite yet, but here’s some more info about the upcoming Tacombi on the UWS.

Whether you were a fan of La Vela or not, all these closings are a pretty big bummer.

Here are a few things you can do to help out local business:

Despite all the closings, there are some upcoming openings I’m particularly excited about:

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Mike Mishkin

Mike Mishkin

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking photos with his iPhone.  

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