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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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
Some of the Best Comfort Food in NYC

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
JVanasco
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

If you enjoy pirogi's or borscht this is the place! The food here is excellent and unmatched for this type of cuisine. My wife and I eat here every time that we visit the city and both the food and the service is always top notch. Do your taste buds a favor and try it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Went there for dinner Friday night, next day while doing some shopping my credit card got rejected due reaching its limit. After calling my bank for clarification realized that there were several strange charges. Making memory this was the only place in the last two weeks where I loose sight of my card. I can be 100% positive they were... More 

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Well, maybe not everything on the menu is Ukrainian, but those things that are Ukrainian are cooked very, very well. In as there are as many oblasts (administrative regional units or counties in Ukraine) or as many cities or towns, or mothers or grandmothers in all of Ukraine, there are as many variations of Borscht Soup, subdivided further by variation... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I stop by whenever I can when I'm in NYC. In the winter I particularly like the meatless stuffed cabbage with mushroom gravy. The flavor of the mushrooms really comes through. In the summer the cold borscht is outstanding. I've tried a few other items on the menu and all were quite good. Weekends the room is filled and rather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great atmosphere, delicious food and friendly faces. Get the side order of Kielbasa, its one of the best sausages I've ever had. If you know what to order it can be affordable too.

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Flushing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Veselka's has quickly become a favorite of my son who lives in NYC. He took me to dinner my first night visiting him and all I can say is "Mmmmm, good!" The goat cheese and arugula pierogis were perfect - not heavy, just right on a chilly December night. The homemade applesauce that accompanied the pierogis was the best I've... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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