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East Village
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144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
+1 212-228-9682
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm Ukrainian and obviously biased but the food is as authentic as it gets. Great spot for some star spotting too they love this 24-hr joint. Always love bringing people for the first time. Highly recommend!

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Northampton, MA
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was a line out the door and the place was packed, so this review may be pointless; I do have to say that this was a disappointing visit. I'd been looking forward to the place, and I really love Ukrainian cuisine. But then: two bowls of "hot" borscht arrived... at room temperature. We didn't say anything, must be a... More 

Thank D321
Copenhagen, Denmark
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was my first time to taste Ukraine kitchen. And I just love it ! Veselka is absolutely a must try when you come to NYC. I ordered Meat delux. All were delicious !

Thank florencefatih
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the perogies. You choose 4 or 8 and choose from a variety of fillings. Then you opt for boiled or fried (fried, please!) I had mushroom, pumpkin (seasonal), goat cheese and arugula, and "meat" (non-specific but delicious). They're served with apple sauce, sour cream, and delicious carmelized onions. Hearty is too mild a word for it but it was... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

...And I'm so glad that I did! An old friend from high school took me here for lunch and I was so satisfied with the whole experience. Good service, great atmosphere, and a solid wine selection made me feel right at home. I got a vegetarian sampler plate with four potato pierogies and a large stuffed cabbage roll. So, so... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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126 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard about how good the food was. Had to wait half an hour for a table, it was so busy on a Friday night. Turned out to be well worth the wait. Excellent service, exceptionally good, "authentic" Ukranian food, almost as good as Granny used to make, at a very reasonable price. Brought back fond memories. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very filling and has a home cooked feel to it. Definitly try some of the dumplings, particularly the Arugula and goats cheese. The meatballs will hit the spot and are quite rich. Recommend getting a few dishes to share. Service was excellent with our waiter giving us some great recommendations. A meal to be had on a cold day.

Thank Rosh145
Stony Brook, New York
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We usually celebrate our New Year holiday at my home but this year since our family is so spread out we chose to have our family meet at the Ukranian Restaurant Veselka in the East Village in New York City. Veselka offers many dishes that are similar to what we would have had at home. My daughter brought the customary... More 

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New York City, New York
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never knew that I'd be a fan of Ukranian food--Veselka is (I have been told) an authentic experience but even setting that aside, their food is really good! Their beef stroganoff is so savory and perfectly seasoned, especially good with the al dente egg noodles. Kielbasa is smoky and has good snap. Potato pierogies are so creamy. And their sauerkraut... More 

1 Thank Ealgian
Brisbane, Australia
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading the menu I noted the food was similar to Polish food, so I was keen to try it. Without booking, we were seated quickly. Our server offered suggestions which I thought was good. He was pretty humourless otherwise. Being Aussie, this tipping thing is awful, we have to tip even if the service is ordinary??? My father had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Polish, European, Russian, Soups, Eastern European, Ukrainian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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
Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!

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East Village
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