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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, Dinner, Brunch, 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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  • 190
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  • 168
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic (and vegetarian) Ukranian cuisine

Excellent Ukranian food. So many tasty vegetarian options and you can take out too and buy all sorts of merchandise from this world famous restaurant

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
James F
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent Ukranian food. So many tasty vegetarian options and you can take out too and buy all sorts of merchandise from this world famous restaurant

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Terribly jetlagged and starving at 6.30 am, Veselka was a 20 minute walk from our place at Gramercy and open for breakfast, more importantly. This was the first place which served us decent coffee in our stay in NYC, a good cappuccino. Food was decent - I had ordered a cheese blintze (for the first time ever in my life)... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were served by Marta, a lovely waitress with extensive knowledge of the menu. We had a variety of items from the menu and they were all fantastic. Thoroughly recommended and prices were excellent for the quality of food we ate.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I've been coming to NYC as an adult for 30 years and have always seen this place but never stopped in. This weekend I came here with my wife and son for a snack after walking around in the heat for a few hours. We were quickly seated by the hostess and our waitress got us our order pretty quickly.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went there during lunch time, and although it was busy we got a table quickly. We tried the hot borstch, pierogies short rib and the meat stuffed cabbage rolls with fries, and while that was our first time trying Ukranian foods, but we enjoyed all of those foods! Now I understand why this restaurant has such a high rating... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Do you want 3 am comfort food from Ukraine? It's there, lights ablaze, patrons seated until 4 or 4:30. Step on in. You'll leave full, with some bucks left in your wallet. This is an East Village institution. If you're Ukraine itch hasn't been served, stop by the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant two doors down. You can see live tango... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

When I'm in NYC, I eat at least one meal at Veselka. Everything I've eaten here (including sampling bites from my friends' or husband's plate) has been delicious. On my last visit I had the meat platter; it was so much food- side salad, borscht, boiled meat pierogies, and cabbage roll! The price was very reasonable, especially for NY. I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Even though I had not been to Veselka for over 15 years little seems to have changed, except I believe the mural painting on the walls (which was fun and narrative). I used to have breakfast here and Cafe Orlin regularly in the 1990s when in NYC. The breakfasts have always been excellent and the people who eat there an... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Nostalgia is a tough thing...often burnishing something over time that cant measure up. So 22 years after my last visit, i brought my daughter to the old nabe and the welcoming world of Veselka. So glad I did. While we have both changed a bit...neither of us is as grungy as we were ...the greats remain. Loved a plate of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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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: +1 212-228-9682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Polish, European, Eastern European, Ukrainian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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