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144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305 (East Village)
(212) 228-9682
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Ranked #277 of 11,869 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Ukrainian
Neighborhood:
East Village
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Well, maybe not everything on the menu is Ukrainian, but those things that are Ukrainian are cooked very, very well. In as there are as many oblasts (administrative regional units or counties in Ukraine) or as many cities or towns, or mothers or grandmothers in all of Ukraine, there are as many variations of Borscht Soup, subdivided further by variation... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I stop by whenever I can when I'm in NYC. In the winter I particularly like the meatless stuffed cabbage with mushroom gravy. The flavor of the mushrooms really comes through. In the summer the cold borscht is outstanding. I've tried a few other items on the menu and all were quite good. Weekends the room is filled and rather... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great atmosphere, delicious food and friendly faces. Get the side order of Kielbasa, its one of the best sausages I've ever had. If you know what to order it can be affordable too.

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Flushing, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Veselka's has quickly become a favorite of my son who lives in NYC. He took me to dinner my first night visiting him and all I can say is "Mmmmm, good!" The goat cheese and arugula pierogis were perfect - not heavy, just right on a chilly December night. The homemade applesauce that accompanied the pierogis was the best I've... More 

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TEXAS
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My wife's favorite stop in NYC. Pierogies are to die for. Cabbage roll was delicious. Authentic cuisine, fast service.

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South Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We caught up with family in NYC - opportunistic at best. Our dinner destination was linked to all of us in so many ways from a Ukrainian culture, but tested by Italian, Australian, and US heritage. The food here is classic Ukrainan food made just the way Ukrainian mothers do the food. How can they get it so right when... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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121 reviews 121 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This place was amazing. I love pierogies and they nailed it. I got them to go and there were reasonably priced. I will definitely be going back. Definitely give it a try!

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

After growing up in northern England from immigrant parents from the Ukraine this restaurant is a home from home to me in New York City. The food is amazing and not only the best Ukrainian menu but other cuisine available for the less adventurous. How you can not get the Meat or Veggie Ukrainian sampler platter I will NEVER know.... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Went for dinner with a few coworkers and really enjoyed it! The food was great! The service was fantastic! I loved their Meat Special and the Ukrainian Lager beer. I also loved the Ukrainian Meat Borscht soup - fantastic! And all of this at a very reasonable price!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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138 reviews 138 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A restaurant that has been around for 60 years deserves respect, as does this place. This is not a fine cuisine establishment but more of a diner best suited for those times when you crave a hefty meal. I tried the Borscht, which was very good. We also shared a large plate of Pierogies. They were not bad at all.... More 

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Address: 144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
Phone Number: (212) 228-9682
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Ukrainian

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