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Veselka

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East Village
Polish, European, Eastern European, 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, 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
Lithuanian food like my great-grandmother made!

Lithuanian food like my great grandmother used to make. Very clean and family atmosphere with quick and knowledgeable service. Busy with diverse patrons. Large portions with reasonable prices.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Lithuanian food like my great grandmother used to make. Very clean and family atmosphere with quick and knowledgeable service. Busy with diverse patrons. Large portions with reasonable prices.

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New York City, New York
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I mean, you can try paying U$ 400 for a meal and it will probably be amazing. But after eating 'fashionably' and paying dearly for it, one wants to rely on a staple. And that is what this Ukranian Bohemian is, right in the heart of the East Village, open all night, serving the very best Beef Strogonoff and Piroguis,... More 

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I love this place, I love the potato pancakes, and I LOVE the borscht. Definitely worth the visit!!!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Veselka handled our three generation group of 13 plus one family friend with great aplomb on a hot summer city Sunday. We ate from all over their extensive and eclectic menu: borscht, both hot and cold; pierogi; pancakes; french fries; omelets and lovely blintzes. The place was busy, but I suspect that it always is that way. Service was efficient,... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This restaurant has been in business for over 50 years in this same location. It is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The food is fantastic! The price is fantastic! The staff is fantastic! Visiting or living here this is the place to go!

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Been going for years. Super tasty food, served quickly by the young Ukrainian and Russian staff. Food is old school Eastern European, with varenyky, borshch, halupki, etc. And a ton of regular diner/deli specials. Just recently had lox eggs benedict on latkes. Fabulous.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I loved my first time experience here. Knew nothing about Ukrainian food. The Short Rib Pierogi & the Blintz were both completely new to my taste and awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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

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

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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, European, Eastern European, 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, European, Eastern European, Ukrainian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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