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East Village
Polish, European, Eastern European, Ukrainian
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144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
+1 212-228-9682
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Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
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Authentic super great Ukrainian food at its best. I've been going here for 10+ years when I come to town and never disappointed. I've sat and the counter, had tables inside, outside. All is spectacular. Food and service are top notch!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Scottsdale, Arizona
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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189 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Authentic super great Ukrainian food at its best. I've been going here for 10+ years when I come to town and never disappointed. I've sat and the counter, had tables inside, outside. All is spectacular. Food and service are top notch!

Thank NonaKim
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The potato pancakes were perfections, the scrambled eggs could have been from Bob Evans. Nice service, great coffee, nice traditional place

Thank Roohski
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The typical New York Diner, since 1954 and still super hip, check the website for a hint of the experience. Friendly, super-fast, staff. Ukrainian style breakfast in a wide variety. Be prepared for a little waiting time the at door. (Outside) This place is popular, and I know why ;) As a tourist this is a 'must do'.

Thank PastrySwan
Brussels, Belgium
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice atmosphere, good Eastern European food, interesting decoration and neighbourhood. Good advice from the waiters although we had the impression they wanted us to leave asap (despite there was no line of customers waiting). But I would recommend this for an authentic NY experience - plus it is within walking distance of both Comedy Cellar and Café Wha?, which makes... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best pierogies ever. Goat cheese and arugala! Pumpkin! They also serve THE MOST DELICIOUS DESSERT ever- chocolate custard with whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top.

Thank SusanNYC_12
Sunnyside, New York
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unpretentious and authentic Eastern European, specializing in pierogin. Warning - no reservations. At 6:15 on a Friday night they were packed - had to wait quite a bit for a table. A nice, thick, well made mushroom barley soup. special of 4 pierogis - 2 meat, 2 spinach and cheese, latter being especially good. Undistinguished glass of house Riesling. Hats... More 

Thank JulesVerne1
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a walking tour if the Lower East side and our guide told us how great this place was . She went there as a kid . So we returned for lunch . Fabulous . Perogies were quite unusual , in that they were crispier than I am used to . Tasted fabulous . I had Keilbasa which was... More 

Thank rdmiller_pcj
London, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first experience of Ukrainian food was great! I recommend stopping here for a good selection of quality food and wonderfully helpful service!

Thank Duncan K
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great stop for brunch and all the staple dishes such as huge pancakes with syrup and bacon, burgers, also delicious salmon on potato pancakes with egg and hollandaise, and Ukrainian specialities too such as dumplings, borscht. As well as good old burgers. Queuing is quick, just register your name and return in the time given to be called for... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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259 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If you are flexible, the counter seating is first come first serve and you do not have to wait in line if there is an empty stool. Plus sitting here allows a view of the. All cooking action! Many types of fillings for perogies and I chose sweet potato which was very good. You can also choose to get these... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-228-9682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Polish, European, Eastern European, Ukrainian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget


Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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