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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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12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Description: Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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  • 44
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  • 9
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  • 6
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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
Pierogi Lovers Delight

As a lifetime pierogi connoisseur I know pierogi. Veselka is prime time. Fantastic! Great cabbage rolls and borscht to boot! Get the combo platter and wash it down with a Ukrainian or Polish lager.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
aklynx99
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a lifetime pierogi connoisseur I know pierogi. Veselka is prime time. Fantastic! Great cabbage rolls and borscht to boot! Get the combo platter and wash it down with a Ukrainian or Polish lager.

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Thank aklynx99
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Veselka is in a great spot in the East Village. It has a very comfortable feel, more upscale than a traditional diner. I needed some Ukrainian comfort food during my quick visit, and I am glad I found this place. They had my favourite Ukrainian beer, Lvivske, which I enjoyed with the meatballs. I didn't try any varenyky, but will... More 

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Thank texstar20
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I have Ukrainian backgrounds but don't have much experience with Ukrainian foods. We had fun trying different pierogies and a couple of their soups. They also have a collection of different beers I've never seen.. We tried a polish one. The place was packed with a 30 minute wait but soooo worth it! Very tasty food.

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Thank Victoria S
Lancaster, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancée being of Polish decent wanted to have authentic Polish food in New York City. She wasn't disappointed. The service was great and get food was great!

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Thank Reilly58
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very authentic kitchen, much more customer oriented than Katz. Great soups, blinis and meat. Quick and friendly service. Quick service but they leave time to relax. Great place.

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Thank metabaron67
Rome, Italy
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224 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this place and tried it out for dinner (they don't take reservations and it gets crowded and noisy). The hot cider was the best I've ever had - delicious. Then we shared the deluxe meat platter and liked the grilled kielbassa sausage and the stuffed cabbage best. The pierogi did not impress us, they were pretty tasteless.... More 

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Thank Ange516
New York City, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am honestly always in the mood for this place. The pierogies are out of control delicious, especially the pot roast and potato ones. Get them fried. Just do it. I've had a really memorable grilled cheese here and some other sandwiches that totally hit the spot. And if you're like me and love cole slaw unlike most people, be... More 

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Thank Amrisa B
Estero, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We were down in the East Village and stumbled upon this restaurant featured in Gossip Girls and decided to try it out. We just wanted a late afternoon snack, so we ordered Pirogi's, potato pancakes, egg cream sodas and blintzes - everything was amazing and we enjoyed every minute of the experience.

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Thank Mary H
Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I was living just accross the road of this place and after reading sooooo many reviews I decided to change my favorite breakfast place (MUD) for Veselka. My omelet was cold, my tomato was cold, the hot choc was tasteless served in a very hot mug I had to wait to cool down to drink it. Not to mention the... More 

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Thank simagagnini
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Amazing eastern European food, super tasty borscht, pierogie, potato pancakes and blintzes!! Foods that are hard to make well at home. Friendly service. Very 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: Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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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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