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Veselka

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East Village
Polish, 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, 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
Description: Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friendly and busy place with homestyle food

This was my first time to eat at a Ukrainian restaurant, though I grew up in Austria and am not unfamiliar with things like stuffed cabbage or pirogi. The food was quite good, not remarkable, like home style cooking. Although we were served quickly, the food was not hot, just lukewarm (perhaps... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Bruno R
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North Haven, Connecticut
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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North Haven, Connecticut
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102 reviews 102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was my first time to eat at a Ukrainian restaurant, though I grew up in Austria and am not unfamiliar with things like stuffed cabbage or pirogi. The food was quite good, not remarkable, like home style cooking. Although we were served quickly, the food was not hot, just lukewarm (perhaps deliberately?). Anyway, it was all right that way.... More 

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26 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My classmates and I used to eat here often when we were undergraduates. It was affordable and you got a lot for your money. My how times have changed! Once upon a time, there were a plethora of Ukrainian restaurants in the East Village. Most are gone now (Oh, how I miss you, Kiev!), and Veselka is not particularly authentic,... More 

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Delfgauw, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended to me by a local and not without reason. Fun and great place to eat. Food was good, service great and good atmosphere all around. Try the blueberry pancakes :-)

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Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic
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86 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went here cause it seemed like the place to go for breakfast. Meh. My hash browns had a fishy aroma, like they were cooked on a grill with fish also. Hmmmm. This was a cute diner, but I wouldn't come here again, there wasn't really anything tasty about our breakfasts.

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Vestal, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I tried the "meat platter" - four boiled pierogi, 1 halupki, borscht and a salad. Overall, very good (highlights were the borscht and the mushroom gravy on the halupki). I wish they gave the option to have the pierogi sauteed (they are much better this way and they only boil them w/the platter - I asked). Also, the cabbage was... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My Polish friends took me for my first taste of Polish food, though the truly authentic restaurant options are limited. My friends had the bigos (high marks) and beef stroganoff (no sauce was a disappointment). I had a sampler plate with borscht (more northern Polish with a sharper sour flavor), cabbage roll with mushroom gravy, meat peirogi, cheese peirogi, and... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner while in New York City. I like that it is a casual but fun place to dine. I always bring friends and family to Veselka on visits to the city. You are sure to find something for everyone here. Meat eaters and vegetarians will both be happy. The buckwheat pancakes... More 

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Waretown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, we always do the same thing. Start at McSorley's Old Ale House and by noon, we hit Veselka. I realize that it's not great to start a review with we are normally intoxicated when we go here, but even the few times I've gone sober have been pretty excellent in the food category. Let's... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was our first time dining at a Ukrainian restaurant and we loved it. We ordered only the Ukrainian dishes and each was quite good, unusual (to us), well prepared and well presented. We went with friends who eat here every time the go to New York and we understand why.

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Plant City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We ate at Veselka based on a recommendation from a friend and it was wonderful. We had a small wait and the tables are very close together so if you're looking for a quite romantic spot this is not it. The food however is wonderful. The menu offers perogi's fried or boiled and when I ordered them fried I was... 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, Ukrainian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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