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Veselka

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East Village
Ukrainian
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144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
(212) 228-9682
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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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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
Most recent review
Loved the whole experience

A friend suggested that we meet here, and I was very glad. The food was wonderful: extremely tasty and filling. The atmosphere (on a Friday night) was lively. Felt very European. I noticed many elderly patrons—mostly Eastern European—which was a good sign!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
cbruckman
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Asheville, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Asheville, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A friend suggested that we meet here, and I was very glad. The food was wonderful: extremely tasty and filling. The atmosphere (on a Friday night) was lively. Felt very European. I noticed many elderly patrons—mostly Eastern European—which was a good sign!

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El Cerrito, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went there with 4 kids ages 17 months to 11 years, and 6 adults, some ate gluten free and they were just wonderful. Efficient, helpful. it is not a fancy place but all was delicious, the borscht, stuffed cabbage, pirogi, pickled beet salad, all cooked to perfection. Would like to check out their whole menu if I lived nearby.

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Carteret, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

having fun in NYC, and my daughter suggests Polish/European fare. She KNOWS a great place. VESELKA, a 24/7 diner/coffee/restaurant. The place was PACKED, with a line out the door, but , no fear, the wait was 15 minutes. Old fashion place, (been there over 60 years),which is why so many flock here. The masses can't be wrong. We had vegetable... More 

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London, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I planned for a while to visit this restaurant after hearing about how good it was, but when I actually ate there finally, I was absolutely blown away. I ordered the boiled pierogies with meat and potato and they were to die for. Not too soggy but still nicely cooked, they were some of the best I've ever had (I... More 

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Connecticut
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188 reviews 188 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We have been eating here about once a week over the past months and it is always a wonderful meal. My party and I have had the blintzes (delicious!), the Madame Alexander (Turkey and Vermont Cheddar) with sweet potato fries and, of course, the pierogies. As I have said before, remember the scene in the original "Men in Black" where... More 

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UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We 'stumbled' upon this restaurant on our way to watch Blue Man Group nearby... We arrived around 5ish so wasn't too busy, however it visibly got busier as we dined. Lovely selection of meals, and suitable for all ages. I had the stroganoff which was DEVINE!!!! And highly recommended! Very nice, would definitely seek out again

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went here on a snowy, cold Saturday night after seeing a play (Veselka is 24 hours). Ohh, it's perfect. Light, tasty pierogies, flavorful borscht. A little pricey for the diner atmosphere - and if they're crowded, service is slow. But it's seriously delicious.

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New York City, New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Always packed but the food has been consistently good for as long as I've been a customer (25ish years). You can't go wrong with the delicious pierogies, great mushroom barley soup, and blintzes. My husband and I ate at Veselka a week ago, and he said that the stuffed cabbage and sausage were also excellent. Service isn't fantastic, and there's... More 

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Portland, Maine
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184 reviews 184 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I ate here for lunch on a recent trip to NYC. We split the vegetarian deluxe platter. The salad was very good, and the borscht soup was excellent. The varenikis (pierogies) were also very good, and the stuffed cabbage was delicious. We tried the kutya for dessert, and it was good, but not exceptional. The service was... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Veselka was a 3 minute walk from our hotel and was somewhat warm in there (NYC restos don't seem to have noticed it's winter and it's FREEZING...install some double doors!) My girlfriend is half Ukrainian so it was an obvious choice to go to try their borscht and perogies, pretty good, especially the soup. Also tried their version of a... 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: (212) 228-9682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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