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“Breakfast fusion”
Review of Veselka

Veselka
Ranked #65 of 14,026 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Ukrainian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: East Village
Description: Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Drawn here by the rather quirky menu - a tasty fusion of American and Ukranian fayre. The cooked breakfast consisted of a variation of sausage, fried egg and hash browns - but at Veselka it's Kiełbasa (Ukrainian sausage), fried eggs and potato pancake. The bread options were great - tasty rye bread and 7 grain brown bread - and the food was complemented by fresh orange juice and a fine mug of coffee. Had time allowed we would have returned to sample the lunch or dinner menu but that will have to wait for another visit.

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1  Thank Cathy E
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Popular 2nd Ave spot featuring borscht, pierogi, cabbage rolls, schnitzel and a wide assortment of Ukranian beers.

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1  Thank Steve C
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was our first experience having Ukrainian food. We stopped there our first night in NYC, and we had the cold beet borscht, stuffed cabbage, sauerkraut, and potato and meat perogies. What a wonderful experience. I normally do not like sauerkraut, but this was best I have ever tasted. After that first experience, we subsequently went back there for breakfast and two more dinners during our two weeks in NYC. This restaurant is always busy, and what is so great about the place is it is open 24 hours!!!

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Thank K L
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

This place has great perogies, which I miss after having left NYC many years ago. And where else can you find Ukrainian beer? During the height of dinner rush my friends and I only wanted a few snack plates and not a full meal. No problem.

The menu includes some generic American dishes (one of my friends had a tuna melt). But there's lots of Ukrainian food such as borscht with meat, (they have a non-meat one as well) and stuffed cabbage and lots more. There are viable options for vegetarians and even vegans. Not a lot, but enough to make a good meal. Mostly this is a meat-eaters paradise.

The tables are close together and the noise level was a bit high. Finding the waiter and then getting his attention proved a bit tricky because of so much demand for him.

A full dinner including beer or wine will likely cost about $30-$40 per person.

Good for groups, not sure about how families with small children will like it.

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1  Thank sa54d
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

I gave Veselka a pretty good review two years ago. However, the last several trips were less than stellar. We went for Saturday breakfast recently and were delighted that it was sunny and warm enough for an outside table. The waiter brought us menus and when we said we would need a minute or two, he disappeared for 10 (and there were plenty of open tables both in an out, so he wasn't jammed). The food took forever. A coffee refill required 2 requests. The food did not come as ordered. When the toast finally made it to the table the waiter wanted to know if he should go back inside and bring butter. We never thought that it would ever come to the point where butter was an extra that had to be ordered. Sheesh. Time to find a different breakfast spot.

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Thank EastVillageDenizen
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