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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 #317 of 11,596 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Ukrainian
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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
Neighborhood: East Village
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279 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We've been here twice, once late night (3 a.m.) and Sunday brunch. We loved the stuffed cabbage, pancakes, salmon benedict, borscht and pierogies. (the fried ones are the best.) You can also get milk and cereal and baklava. This menu is CRAZY but the food that is good is excellent. I would not recommend the rye bread for anything. The... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I learned about Veselka from several sources. All recommended it highly so I made it my first stop. The location means it is a bit of a walk from the subway but that is a good thing. You will be stuffed when you finish. I think Veselka has been in the same location for 40 or 50 years. It is... More

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Sydney, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We came for the traditional food and stayed a long time for the out of this world service. Had the cheese blintz with raspberry sauce, a plate of pierogis (meat was best filling), potato pancake, kielbasa and eggs for the kids. Waitress brought them a little present of wiki stix and their drinks in a cup with a straw- very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a must visit for me when I see my brother there. As a southern girl this is like nothing we have at home. Looking forward to my October visit!

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New York City, New York
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600 reviews 600 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Back in the day - like the 1990s - you could stop in Veselka and get some eggs or a burger for a couple of bucks. The food there nowadays is caught in a time warp - still fairly greasy spoon-ish. Unfortunately, the prices are not caught in the same temporal anomaly!

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Pleasantville, New York
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211 reviews 211 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Veselka is always good - but it used to be better. It is still a good option in the E Village where old haunts are rapidly disappearing and prices rising. It has nice seating outside and a menu with good variety. The soups are particularly good. I had the meatballs. It was a generous portion and nicely done. The mashed... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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240 reviews 240 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Went in for dinner. Good menu choice. Plenty of seating and setvice wirh a smile. I had lovely meatballs, mash and gravy. Meals are really reasonable as are the drink prices. All in all a good place for a hearty meal in a nice wee restaurant !!

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Drawn here by the rather quirky menu - a tasty fusion of American and Ukranian fayre. The cooked breakfast consisted of a variation of sausage, fried egg and hash browns - but at Veselka it's Kiełbasa (Ukrainian sausage), fried eggs and potato pancake. The bread options were great - tasty rye bread and 7 grain brown bread - and the... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Popular 2nd Ave spot featuring borscht, pierogi, cabbage rolls, schnitzel and a wide assortment of Ukranian beers.

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Sacramento, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was our first experience having Ukrainian food. We stopped there our first night in NYC, and we had the cold beet borscht, stuffed cabbage, sauerkraut, and potato and meat perogies. What a wonderful experience. I normally do not like sauerkraut, but this was best I have ever tasted. After that first experience, we subsequently went back there for breakfast... More

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