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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 #308 of 11,634 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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289 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Ontario, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were disappointed. It looks nice inside. The sausage was fine but the veal goulash was under-seasoned and the meat somewhat gristly.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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179 reviews 179 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Being of Ukrainian heritage myself, I can vouch for the authenticity of the Ukrainian food on the menu. Pirogies, stuffed cabbage, soups were all very good. Friendly staff and very good service, as well. Daily specials encourage one to try other offerings. This was a return visit; I was not disappointed. Limited outdoor seating in warm weather.

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

This Ukrainian 24/7 gem is the best in the East Village of NYC. Been going here for over 30+ years. The food and service is great and consistent. These days the portions are a little too big, but as a younger man they were just right! The prices are not out there either. After a night on the town a... More

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A friend took us to this restaurant whilst we were touring the Lower East Side and then East Village. We would never have known about it ourselves, but what a treat. Having never tried Ukrainian food before my friend suggestion end a few items and a couple of us went for the meatballs and a couple went for kielbasa. We... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you’ve been around NYC a while, you know Veselka has been around a while, too. 60 years, in fact! When I arrived in 1990, it was a cheap dive where poor artists met at for an inexpensive bowl of hearty mushroom barley soup for lunch or a cheap breakfast at 4am after the clubs closed. The place has been... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I'm Ukrainian and this was a must-stop for my recent trip to NYC. We sampled their Varenyky, Borscht, and Blintzes and it was authentically prepared and served just like my Baba made! In the summer sit outside so you can be one with the neighborhood!

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Atlanta, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

You can't get this food just anywhere: pierogies stuffed with sweet potato or arugula, cheese blintzes with raspberry, fabulous borscht either hot, or cold in summer, cucumber soup....served nicely, very good quality, and made with care. It's a family mainstay every time we visit NYC.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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