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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Brunch, 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
A taste of the old days.

If you want to experience what the East Village in NYC used to be like, eat at Veselka. The food is great and the atmosphere is authentic, not manufactured. The area is changing so rapidly I can't recognize it but this place has been here for 60 years.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you want to experience what the East Village in NYC used to be like, eat at Veselka. The food is great and the atmosphere is authentic, not manufactured. The area is changing so rapidly I can't recognize it but this place has been here for 60 years.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Reserve a table. The service is prompt and friendly. Take friends so that you can order and sample everything - all very tasty and very well made.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Really good ukranian food, well made and great service. The ambiance is good and the staff is extremely helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were looking for something a little different for a late evening meal. We found the perfect spot at Veselka. Terrific service, wonderful home-cooked flavor, reasonable prices, open 24/7. Don't go home without trying the cold borscht, absolutely wonderful on a warm summer evening. The mixed platter of pierogi was one taste sensation after the next. I preferred the fried... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Love this place - great service, amazingly prepared dishes with authentic taste and imaginative flourishes. A late night delight in the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been going to Veselka for years and I never tire of it. Very down to earth with a loyal neighborhood following. I love the borscht - cold in the summer and hot in the winter. Always has a good cup of coffee. Veselka has served me well at any hour of the day or night, although I haven't tried... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Been here few times and each time is great!! The food here is delicious they have great service and staff is friendly too. Tried almost everything in their menu over the few visit and my most favorite would be the pierogi. Whoever come to here may go and try it out!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was my first time at a Ukrainian restaurant. My wife had the stuffed cabbage, and I had a mixed plate that included stuffed cabbage, grilled kielbasa, and 3 different types of perogies. The food was really, really great and the service was prompt and efficient. We sat outside, which was perfect because it was a beautiful summer day and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My parents were Polish so I appreciate this style of cooking. My partner's background is English and she also appreciated this restaurant. We visited Veselka four times during a recent trip to New York - 2 dinners, 1 breakfast and 1 afternoon snack. All were excellent - especially the Barszcz and the Bigos. The service staff - mainly Polish -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

It's not a fancy place of course but this place is a must try to eat eastern european cuisine! The best from what I tried are potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage and pierogi! You will not regret!! Feels just like home! The portions are big and prices are not high at all! And it's open 24 hours!!!!!

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Address: 144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
Phone Number: +1 212-228-9682
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Polish, Ukrainian

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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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