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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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Bingley, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Being of Ukrainian heritage, this was always going to be visited by me whilst in New York, and wow I was not disappointed the borscht was to die for and the deluxe meat platter was food of the gods! It was all just like my mum used to make, now it's time for you to open in the UK! Will... More 

Thank pierreoljanuk
New York City, New York
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place has great dependable food. I have been here multiple times and it's always good. I would stick to their specialties instead of getting something from their Americanized section it just seems a waste not to get what they are known for. All of their pierogies are good as is their borscht and their kielbasa. I have personally never... More 

1 Thank faurecia
New York City, New York
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88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a staple place. Brunch usually draws a wait but other than that it's great. Food, beer, pierogies. That's all you need to enjoy.

1 Thank bphisher
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had their wonderful cold borscht and their delicious perogis. The waiter was attentive and helpful with suggestions. They also had yummy summer drinks such as fruity lemonades and iced teas.

Thank Anand P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I notice a lot of reviews on here have been talking about Veselka's bad service and I can only add my two cents. I come to this restaurant a lot because I'm constantly in the East Village and it's pretty much the same experience each time. The food at Veselka is absolutely delicious and available 24 hrs. If I'm in... More 

1 Thank aee99
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121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for late night eating. Hearty portions, friendly service. I had to takeaway my remaining portion of veal goulash. My friends salad was great too. The dumplings were delicious, especially the cheese and mushroom ones. Sour cherry tart was a nice balance to the savory meal. The black and white cookie was too sweet though. Everything tastes home cooked and... More 

Thank Senyum
New York City, New York
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96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a week-day breakfast. Eggs, potato pancake and coffee were very good, but the waiter was awful. I waited almost 10 minutes before he brought me a menu, he forgot to pick up my order from the kitchen and then he ignored me until I had to stand up to ask for the check. I would have liked... More 

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redlands california
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379 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A true NYC experience! Short rib Pierogies and corned beef hash were beyond 5 star. Potato pancakes were just okay. Overall a memorable experience with some members of the family who have been dining here for over a quarter of a century!

Thank jwwcpa
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The potato pancakes for breakfast and then the stuffed cabbage for lunch. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Love it so much. I would eat here everyday. Prices aren't too bad, either. The service isn't always quick. If you sit outside it'll take too long.

Thank Gigi B
Rutherford, New Jersey
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been going here for decades, and they never disappoint. Pierogis are among the best anywhere, stuffed cabbage with mushroom gravy and bigos are among my favorites. Even the burgers here are amazing, chargrilled on a superb sesame seed roll. My first choice for dinner anytime I come into the city on the weekends. The service is great, always friendly and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Polish, European, Soups, Eastern European, Ukrainian, Russian
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, Takeout, Delivery
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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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