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Veselka

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$$$
Neighborhood:
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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  • 37
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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
Great breakfast

Lovely breakfast, great value for money. The setting was relaxed and the staff nice. I'd be really interested to check out their lunch- and evening menu as well. Lots of veggie options.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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San Francisco, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This was our first time dining at a Ukrainian restaurant and we loved it. We ordered only the Ukrainian dishes and each was quite good, unusual (to us), well prepared and well presented. We went with friends who eat here every time the go to New York and we understand why.

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Plant City
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We ate at Veselka based on a recommendation from a friend and it was wonderful. We had a small wait and the tables are very close together so if you're looking for a quite romantic spot this is not it. The food however is wonderful. The menu offers perogi's fried or boiled and when I ordered them fried I was... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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120 reviews 120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I had brunch here with a friend last weekend and was in no way wowed by the experience. Yes, the small glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice was a treat, but I expect my entire meal to be on point. Moving onto the main course: the Eggs Benedict was just average, which was disappointing as that is one of my favorite... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I first went to Veselka in 1994. My girlfriend at the time, now wife was living in Brooklyn and she took me there when I visited fora couple of weeks. Because of this, I'm probably a biased reviewer as it has many happy memories, I cannot visit NYC without eating at Veselka. In 20+ years, I've never had a bad... More 

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hanna8577
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lovely breakfast, great value for money. The setting was relaxed and the staff nice. I'd be really interested to check out their lunch- and evening menu as well. Lots of veggie options.

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baltimore
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80 reviews 80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had both boiled & fried Perogies. A mix of meat & cheese. We split a small cup of split pea soup which was unreal. And lastly we had potato pancakes. Everything was really yummy & the dipping sauces were flavorful. Their prosseco was quite tasty. The place was packed but tables turn over quick. Seemed to seat tables of 4... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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