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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 #258 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Ukrainian
East Village
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This place was amazing. I love pierogies and they nailed it. I got them to go and there were reasonably priced. I will definitely be going back. Definitely give it a try!

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

After growing up in northern England from immigrant parents from the Ukraine this restaurant is a home from home to me in New York City. The food is amazing and not only the best Ukrainian menu but other cuisine available for the less adventurous. How you can not get the Meat or Veggie Ukrainian sampler platter I will NEVER know.... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Went for dinner with a few coworkers and really enjoyed it! The food was great! The service was fantastic! I loved their Meat Special and the Ukrainian Lager beer. I also loved the Ukrainian Meat Borscht soup - fantastic! And all of this at a very reasonable price!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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138 reviews 138 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A restaurant that has been around for 60 years deserves respect, as does this place. This is not a fine cuisine establishment but more of a diner best suited for those times when you crave a hefty meal. I tried the Borscht, which was very good. We also shared a large plate of Pierogies. They were not bad at all.... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Veselka has been around for over 50 years and is located in Little Ukraine in Manhattan -- a memorial to the recent events is just down the street, a great butcher shop across the street, and many other shops and buildings with an Ukranian background. The food is authentic; the place is often crowded; the service is excellent (albeit sometimes... More 

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Party of 5 ordered 4 different dinners with varying sides, all were happy with their choices and sides which included 8 assorted fried Pierogi's, meat balls and gravy. goulash, borscht, and potato pancakes. Service was prompt, good value for the price and a "glorified" diner atmosphere with unique decor.

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Albany, New York
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142 reviews 142 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

My friend and I specifically headed to 9th street to do some shopping on a Saturday morning. We were surprised and disappointed that the stores didn't even open until 12, so we found ourselves with time to kill. We walked by this restaurant and walked up to take a look at the menu. We were seated and waited a few... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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113 reviews 113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is an excellent NYC diner serving terrific Ukrainian food and some American favorites. I had the Bigos (Hunters Stew) Pork, Sauage, Sauerkraut which was perfect. The others had Stroganoff , Stuffed Cabbage, and one had a BLT. In addition we had a Pierogi appetizer which was terrific. Our service was excellent and the bill was reasonable for NYC. I... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

But don't miss the stuffed cabbage or soups. Service is quick and polite. I have never left here unhappy!

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Pearl, Mississippi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The pierogis were damn good, and the stuffed cabbage was damn good, too. That's all you need to know. It's like eating comfort food straight from your mother. Also loved the matzo ball soup. Mmm. Was thankful for the rave review from a friend of mine that directed me here in the first place. It was so delicious!

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Additional Information about Veselka

Address: 144 2nd Ave., at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
Phone Number: (212) 228-9682
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Ukrainian

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