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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 #301 of 11,623 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Ukrainian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: East Village
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282 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a mainstay in the east village. If you want great food and service with a smile, this is be place. The perogies are sinful. Enjoy :-)

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St. Petersburg, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After coming in very late, and being directed to supposed 24 hour food places closer to where I was at, I finally ended up here at Veselka and was happy I did. I read about this being a great 24 hour place, but I had never had Ukrainian food before. So I tried to go to a pizza place, they... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

mushroom and sauerkraft pierogi were the bomb! borscht was good! Counter service is fun, table service also good and quick.

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New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We've been here twice, once late night (3 a.m.) and Sunday brunch. We loved the stuffed cabbage, pancakes, salmon benedict, borscht and pierogies. (the fried ones are the best.) You can also get milk and cereal and baklava. This menu is CRAZY but the food that is good is excellent. I would not recommend the rye bread for anything. The... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I learned about Veselka from several sources. All recommended it highly so I made it my first stop. The location means it is a bit of a walk from the subway but that is a good thing. You will be stuffed when you finish. I think Veselka has been in the same location for 40 or 50 years. It is... More

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Sydney, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We came for the traditional food and stayed a long time for the out of this world service. Had the cheese blintz with raspberry sauce, a plate of pierogis (meat was best filling), potato pancake, kielbasa and eggs for the kids. Waitress brought them a little present of wiki stix and their drinks in a cup with a straw- very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a must visit for me when I see my brother there. As a southern girl this is like nothing we have at home. Looking forward to my October visit!

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New York City, New York
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609 reviews 609 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
336 helpful votes 336 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Back in the day - like the 1990s - you could stop in Veselka and get some eggs or a burger for a couple of bucks. The food there nowadays is caught in a time warp - still fairly greasy spoon-ish. Unfortunately, the prices are not caught in the same temporal anomaly!

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Pleasantville, New York
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230 reviews 230 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Veselka is always good - but it used to be better. It is still a good option in the E Village where old haunts are rapidly disappearing and prices rising. It has nice seating outside and a menu with good variety. The soups are particularly good. I had the meatballs. It was a generous portion and nicely done. The mashed... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Went in for dinner. Good menu choice. Plenty of seating and setvice wirh a smile. I had lovely meatballs, mash and gravy. Meals are really reasonable as are the drink prices. All in all a good place for a hearty meal in a nice wee restaurant !!

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