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Ukrainian East Village Restaurant

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140 2nd Avenue, New York City, NY 10003
212-529-5024
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly good food

Veselka right next door has been a long time favorite but today the luncheon wait was 35 minutes so George and I took a chance on this charming and old fashioned Ukrainian restaurant. The barley soup was the best I've ever had; the Ukrainian beer was hoppy and delicious, the apple strudel was top... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
robcurtross
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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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montclair, nj
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe Ukrainian cuisine is like that but everything we ate at dinner here was alright but a little bland and underflavored, and very unadorned. Borscht was thin but reasonably flavorful, plenty of cabbage but little else identifiable. Staples like pierogies, potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage (the latter in no sauce of any kind) were alright but again a little bland.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has an authentic feel, with Ukrainian waitresses in a rather plain, but comfortable setting. The menu was extensive with many interesting dishes, not just Ukrainian but from other Eastern European cuisines. The food was somewhat disappointing. We had borscht and mushroom and barley soup, spinach pierogis, beef stroganoff and cheese blintzes. The soups got the best reviews. The... More 

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Thank Barry17149021
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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463 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Veselka right next door has been a long time favorite but today the luncheon wait was 35 minutes so George and I took a chance on this charming and old fashioned Ukrainian restaurant. The barley soup was the best I've ever had; the Ukrainian beer was hoppy and delicious, the apple strudel was top rate and the half a tuna... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

All the dishes were quite authentic and delicious. Service was quick and friendly, and we were nicely surprised by the prices, very reasonable for what you get. Highly recommend this place! We got borsch, which didnt have any meat btw, pelmeni, kompot, and some pirogi. All tasted like home-made, and were quite filling.

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Thank TravelNotes15
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Being the first time I've ever had Ukrainian cuisine I decided to try the Chef's Sampler and must say that it was very good. The sampler plate came with a kielbasa, stuffed cabbage roll, 4 pirogi each stuffed with something else, and sauerkraut. If you are a first timer like me recommend this dish and to wash it down some... More 

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Thank Wolfgangamadeusmarco
New York City, New York
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Walk through the lobby to enter another time and place--the Ukraine in the early 20th century. This place is as Eastern European as you can get, and the simple dishes are delicious--it's hard to recommend just one or two. The beer is also quite good. However, the place is under staffed so don't expect quick service. The only place with... More 

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Thank garyrichmond
Shanghai Region, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

tango on M and F Pierogis and borscht every day it's on 2nd avenue can't miss it open late, reasonable prices, good service

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Thank Barry H
Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Started with the $4.75 bowl of Borsch soup which tasted real good. Continued with their $12 brisket special. It was a giant portion of meat with two large yet light and very tasty potato latkes. The place is worth a visit.

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Thank mh972
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I've eaten at all the East European restaurants in the East Village, and this is probably the best. The Ukrainian food is excellent, as are the American sandwiches etc.. And most important, it is one of the quietest places to eat in Manhattan! People complain that it is hard to find, but I say thank God! That's what keeps it... More 

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Thank Andrew L
Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The place was a little difficult to find, set back into an entrance into a buildings foyer. Since I have never been to an Ukrainian Restaurant before I really did not know what to order. A lot of things on the menu looked familiar, but wasn't quite sure. The waitress was extremely helpful in helping us pick was we were... More 

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 140 2nd Avenue, New York City, NY 10003
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-529-5024

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  • Cuisine: Russian, Eastern European, Ukrainian

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