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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Staff is suoper nice, Food is very good for the price, perogies, matzoh ball soup. Big portions, very tasty.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard about this place from a friends so had to try it out especially since I've never experienced Ukrainian food. Went for a late lunch on a Tuesday afternoon and the place was packed - always a good sign. A mix of locals/regulars and tourists. We were seated within 5 minutes and the service is good. We sampled the lentil... More 

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Freeport, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After watching a program on the Cooking Channel, I was attracted to Veselka, and especially interested in their menu. Their menu is Russian/Ukrainian, and a healthy dose of NY diner. You will also find some common selections for a diner. I wanted a "taste" and I promised myself I'd visit again soon for dinner. I ordered a cup of borscht... More 

Thank John K
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service and both drinks and food was amazing. Highly recommend this for dinner! Might be an idea to book a table.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good balance between quality, service and prices which is always a good find in NYC. The menu has vegetarian options but didn't see vegan ones, Also, seems like a good breakfast stop, I kind of had breakfast for dinner when I visited...

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Ancaster, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to eat here, we were there @9:30 am. for breakfast / midweek and the place was full of the most fabulous people, very busy diner. Good strong coffee, amazing menu with American and Eastern European Food. I think that it is open 24 hours imagine that great food any time that you want it. Love it's location, on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Place is an institution, doesn't really need another psoitive review but it's just so damn tasty I have to give them props!

Thank John K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great meal here today and the prices were cheap for New York City. Veselka is open 24 hours a day-- perfect for a a late, late meal. The beet and horseradish salad was superb, as were the perogis. The menu had a wide range of foods.

Thank David W
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife is of Ukrainian heritage, so it was a must for my daughter to eat at Veselka. We were not disappointed. The food was hearty and wholesome, the service warm and inviting.

Thank Dominic P
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm never happier than when I sail into the door at Veselka and see all the beautiful staff smiling at me in greeting, and that's before I've even gotten some soup in my belly. These people are the warmest, kindest, most accommodating nurturers and nourishers - for they are far more than wait staff! - in the city. The food... 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, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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