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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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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a long time NYer, I have been to Veselka over the years. In fact, i have recommended Veselka to friends. But quite frankly, I haven't been there is at least 5 years. So when friends asked us to meet them for brunch, we figured we'd go to Veselka. What a mistake. First, the waiter poured coffee, overpouring in the... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has a diner feel with a massive menu but the quality of almost every dish is very extensive. I've been here 3 times now, ordered different items and have always been satisfied. The area is fantastic with several fun bars you can go to after dinner.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here for lunch on a rainy and windy day after hearing how amazing and authentic the Ukrainian food was here. It was during the week and I was able to get a seat at the counter right away. I am a vegetarian so I was a little worried there wouldn't be a ton of options for me, but... More 

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Warwick, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Veselka for decades. It's style, menu and location are an essential part of East Village culture. Let's hope over development and real estate greed never force them to become something other then what they've been great at all these years. Great food, cozy hang and late night hours !

Thank Steve R
Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Veselka was highly recommended to me by former New Yorkers who had lived in the neighborhood. "This place is amazing," I was told, "they've won all kinds of 'Best of NY' titles and the owner - our friend - judges cooking competitions around the world." I can't speak to that, but I CAN say I am so glad I took... More 

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Wildwood Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the short rib pan FRIED pirogis and the stuffed cabbage with meat and mushroom sauce. Washed it down with 2 Obolon Lager 19.9oz. Fantastic meal. The wait staff was excellent, our friends were running late and they had no issue with us hanging around at pour table waiting for them. My wife had the Samon , she is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food tastes like at home. Bigos from heaven. Come here don't even think about skipping it! Placki ziemniaczane jak u Mamy! Piwo z Polski!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Veselka's brings Ukrainian deliciousness to the East Village 24 hours a day. In the mood for potato pancakes, we took a friend's recommendation and headed to this long-time diner. The pancakes were wonderful as well as the Pierogies. Great comfort food on a cold winter's day. The cafe was packed, a testament to its food.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

For me it was the best Polish/Ukrainian food I'd had outside Europe. I was a little tipsy so that may have contributed to that. The place was packed though so I'm obviously not the only one with that opinion. My dinner date didn't rate it so highly, but they were from New Zealand, so apart from lamb and cheese rolls... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Veselka, an icon on Manhattan's Lower East Side has been around for 60+ years and it's no wonder - the food and atmosphere is amazing! Open 24 hours to please everyone, this eatery will not disappoint you. Whether you're in the mood for traditional Ukrainian fare, like pierogies, borscht, stuffed cabbage or compote or simply want a good sandwich, burger... 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, Soups, Eastern European, Ukrainian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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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