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0.6 miles from Greenwich Village
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All reviews brunch stuffed cabbage borscht potato pancakes blintzes beef stroganoff soup short ribs dumplings ukrainian food east village sour cream comfort food new york lower east side minute wait kasha
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Reviewed August 7, 2021 via mobile

Excellent borscht & pierogis. Also enjoyed the potato pancakes. Good service and food came out in a timely manner. Needs larger / better restrooms. Just one person at a time in a crowded restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 22, 2021 via mobile

Great place, great food, great price. Service was meh but my friends were into the waitress so they enjoyed. I got rhe short rib pierogis and they were fuego. Also the latkes and apparently the reubens. Overall 10/10. Will be back for soup when it’s...coolerMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 9, 2021

Our service and food was outstanding at Veselka. The pierogies were scrumptious. Our entire lunch was very good and authentic. We would recommend Veselka!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed March 14, 2021

Stopped in for lunch with my wife and a friend. There was a bit of a wait to get in (maybe ten minutes), but wow, was it worth it! Veselka serves Ukranian comfort food, and all of us totally enjoyed our experience there. We all...had blintzes and pierogies, and they are to die for. My wife had borscht, which she loved, and I had matzoh ball soup, which was really, really good. The only things I can complain about (but just a little) are that they don't take reservations, and the cup of soup was really small for the price. But the quality and the taste? Magnificent! They have both indoor and outdoor seating, the staff is terrific, and even though I live about 50 miles away I know I will be back.....probably for dinner next time....I really want to try their veal goulash!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 11, 2021

We have been here many times since our last review; am reviewing now since they have takeout and outdoor dining within the NYC current rules. We got takeout earlier this week; the short rib pirogues are as good and as grand as they always have...been and the Madam Alexander continues to be grand. We called ahead for takeout and it was ready for pickup in about twelve minutes. From previous reviews I recommend: the oatmeal, cheese blintzes with raspberry sauce, the BLT, which is the Aristotelian ideal of a BLT, it is the best ever, thick white bread, toasted just right, with fresh L and T and great bacon - the bacon is so good I even order a side of it with the BLT, and the best pea soup and mushroom barley soup in The Known Universe! Really, they both border on a stew more than a soup. When you go for a meal here take one of each of the soups home with you and give them a try.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 3, 2021

This is a really neat place to visit. The food is fresh and delicious, the service is good and it is reasonably priced by NYC standards. It is basically a Ukrainian diner, low key, and worth a visit. To be fair, it is more of...a brunch place than dinner but there is still a waiting line at 5pm. No reservations and a 60 minute COVID time limit. Get the crepes and dumplings!!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed February 13, 2021 via mobile

Delicious vegetable soup take out purchased on February 13, 2021. Previously inedible (in earlier review) vegetable soup now absolutely the best. Well done - please keep up the culinary excellence.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 4, 2021 via mobile

Nov 14, 2020 I had my meal here while limited indoor dining in NYC was available. (At the moment, mask wearing is mandatory, except when seated while eating or drinking.) Veselka has been an East Village staple for decades, serving Ukranian favorites to hungry New...Yorkers. Borscht. Chicken Soup. Matzoh Ball. Pierogies. Beef Stroganoff. Late-night breakfast. Challah French Toast. Blintzes. The menu definitely falls into the category of "comfort food", since there are so many favorites to be had. My personal picks range from the Pierogi Dinner, to the Matzoh Ball Soup with a side of Kasha, or the Challah French Toast. The food is freshly prepared and served quickly, and made right on the premises (you can see the chefs working in front of the restaurant. There is always something tasty and enjoyable here to eat! There are also several vegetarian menu options. Make sure to ask your server to see what's available at the moment. The waitstaff is fast, friendly and very helpful in choosing the right item for your meal! TIP THEM WELL GREAT food, great prices, great meal experience! Enjoy your meal here! pre-Covid 19, Veselka was open 24/7. At the moment, they have changed & limited their operating and take-out hours. Check their website for more info on hours of operation, menu availability and outdoor dining options.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 27, 2020

Ordered a delicious Thanksgiving meal for 3 including my 96 year old Ukrainian Aunt. It was fabulous - moist turkey, delicious mashed potatoes and stuffing, pearl onions, cranberry relish, sweet potato and marshmallow pirogi, scrumptious butternut squash soup and apple and pumpkin pie. What more...could you want. Everything was packaged beautifully. We pulled up and the order was ready and off we went to my aunt's apartment. Instant magic. Thank you Veselka staff. Happy Thanksgiving to you.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 29, 2020 via mobile

Had three dozen pierogi sent Goldbelly... Vaselka packaged terrible ... Never again.. vaselka was rude and didn even apologize

Date of visit: October 2020
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Robert B
May 14, 2017|
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Response from Jason B | Property representative |
yes we do
November 22, 2016|
Response from Musiclover869 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Faybee87, November 22, 2016 I just called the Veselka restaurant to inquire about your questions. They are open for New Year's Eve. They do not take reservations and the manager said that the most you would wait... More
Melanie R
June 9, 2016|
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Response from Jason B | Property representative |
Unfortunately not, we are a first come first serve establishment.
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Yes, Veselka offers takeout services.

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Veselka is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4