144 2nd Ave (at E 9th St), New York, NY 10003
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
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Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • "Fried pierogies are the best ever." (6 tips)
  • "... said, you MUST get the borscht." (52 tips)
  • "... the arugula and goat cheese perogi" (5 tips)
  • nymag

    Hard-living Ukranians swear by cabbage soup as a hangover cure, and we think the bowl here packs an extra restorative sauerkraut punch. Get it the morning after to kill the pain. Read more

    nymag · June 29, 2010
  • The New York Times

    Velselka is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York:

    The New York Times · August 27, 2010
  • Eater

    Students, locals and celebs all love this classic Ukrainian spot. Some of the city's best banana pancakes, kasha with gravy, matzo ball soup, pierogis and a great cheeseburger. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 28, 2011
  • DailyCandy

    Ain't nothing like the pierogi with applesauce, served 24 hours at the NYC institution. Read more

    DailyCandy · December 9, 2010
  • Food Network

    Ted Allen pops in at Veselka, in New York, NY, a great spot for breakfast or a late-night snack on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend Ukranian Borscht. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more

    Food Network · August 17, 2011
  • Dens

    I went with the kielbasa and the cherry lime rickey. Pay your respects to the Honey Bear painting on the wall.

    Dens · June 15, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the pierogies -- get one of each kind! My preference is steamed because it really lets the flavor shine through. - Alexa

    Foodspotting · December 11, 2010
  • The Wall Street Journal

    "It's my home-cooking spot. I understand why Patti Smith said it would be where she'd have her last meal." -Chloe Sevigny, in the WSJ's Insider's Guide to NYC Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · April 9, 2012
  • New York Habitat

    On those days when you're craving Ukranian food, come here. Potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage, oh my. Get the borscht too, it's as authentic as it gets.

    New York Habitat · November 11, 2011
  • Metromix

    Our Readers' Choice WINNER for Best 24-hour Joint. A follower of the "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" motto, Veselka has been serving great food and booze for more than 50 years. Read more

    Metromix · July 7, 2010
  • Village Voice

    Indulge in the meatball sandwich at Veselka. Filled with pork & beef-based meatballs, topped with mushroom gravy on a challah baguette. Yum!

    Village Voice · September 16, 2011
  • Adam L.

    get the pierogis. cheese ones are my favorites. but all are good. as well as the potato pancakes.

    Adam L. · September 16, 2009
  • Thrillist

    This 24/7 booze-soaking spots got 75+ mostly Eastern European vodkas and Ukrainian like eats sour cherry-sauced roast pork dumplings called Varenyky. Read more

    Thrillist · November 3, 2011
  • The Local East Village

    Rachel Dratch of SNL says, "I like the pierogis at Veselka, and I like that it’s open 24 hours." Read more

    The Local East Village · August 18, 2011
  • Paul G.

    Borscht and Piroygi's

    Paul G. · May 26, 2010
  • Ethikus

    This ethical & sustainable restaurant is an East Village standard. They're offering a complimentary cup of Borscht during Shop Your Values Week! #SYVW Read more

    Ethikus · April 11, 2012
  • Larry M.

    Fried short rib pierogis. The crispiness is well distributed. Get a large plate and make the table jealous.

    Larry M. · November 11, 2012
  • Serious Eats

    An East Village classic with a long menu of Ukrainian and American dishes, whether you're in the mood for pierogi, a burger, or just about anything else.

    Serious Eats · March 31, 2013
  • Tannar V.

    Veggie Pierogi plate w/ cold cucumber soup: 5 STAR!! Delicious, lots of varying flavors, perfectly filling. $12.95

    Tannar V. · August 13, 2010
  • Ryan B.

    the borscht. just do it

    Ryan B. · December 20, 2009
  • Mr.Grey

    My favorite 24-hour diner in NYC. Always check out the pierogi specials. The borsch has the power to cure any illness. It could grow a limb.

    Mr.Grey · October 3, 2010
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    scott b. · August 30, 2010
  • Sarah L.

    My favorite is to get cheese perogies with beet horseradish salad. Yum.

    Sarah L. · November 6, 2009
  • Pop Art NYC

    Try the corn beef hash with two scrambled eggs! Delicious!

    Pop Art NYC · April 12, 2011
  • Shahid C.

    nice late night spot, if still hungry

    Shahid C. · June 6, 2010
  • Carrie E.

    Order the arugula and goat cheese pierogi. It's listed as a special but seeing as how it's been on the menu for the last two years, it's pretty much a fixture.

    Carrie E. · January 2, 2010
  • Bill M.

    I'm such a sucker for Stuffed Cabbage, with Mushroom Gravy, of course, and a nice side of Kasha (not Kasha Varnishkes, sadly) also w/gravy =-D Awesome Pierogi, nice people, try the Borscht already!

    Bill M. · September 22, 2011
  • Josh C.

    Only thing better than the borscht is the typography.

    Josh C. · March 20, 2011
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group

    Another NYC must try. Get the pierogies ( half fried and half boiled) and the raspberry cheese blintzes. You'll be in late night heaven.

    Gansevoort Hotel Group · January 31, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Matzo Ball soup and spot it on Foodspotting!

    Foodspotting · November 19, 2010
  • Find. Eat. Drink.

    Chefs and club kids converge at this East Village diner for Eastern European hearty fare. Chef Dave Pasternack (Esca) “I go down to the Ukrainian diner Veselka to have some pierogies.”

    Find. Eat. Drink. · December 4, 2011
  • Marisa T.

    I mean, is there really any other spot that can properly cure a mean hangover?

    Marisa T. · August 15, 2011
  • Baratunde

    Worst brunch of my life. Truly horrendous. Not sure why people love this place

    Baratunde · September 26, 2010
  • Nick F.

    Get the Christmas Borscht. Amazing.

    Nick F. · December 22, 2009
  • Mark B.

    breakfast here is awesome. get your eggs, corned beef hash, and applesauce on.

    Mark B. · February 19, 2012
  • Cheapeats I.

    Comfort food 24/7. Love the Beef Stroganoff.

    Cheapeats I. · September 24, 2011
  • Renee D.

    Open 24 hours. Great spot for late-night pierogis.

    Renee D. · September 5, 2011
  • Lucius K.

    get the raspberry blintz with an Obolon beer

    Lucius K. · April 18, 2009
  • Mollie H.

    Try the granola!! With berries!

    Mollie H. · August 12, 2012
  • Steven L.

    Veselka is like The Game, but the other rule is that if you lose then you have to go there. Read more

    Steven L. · January 26, 2012
  • Allan B.

    Kitchen open 24/7

    Allan B. · January 13, 2011
  • Sarah W.


    Sarah W. · March 5, 2010
  • Carrie M.

    If you're super hungry, get the Meat or Vegetarian platter. It comes with stuffed cabbage and three pierogies. You'll also get soup and salad. And like someone below said, you MUST get the borscht.

    Carrie M. · February 18, 2010
  • betty c.

    free wireless

    betty c. · November 10, 2009
  • Sarah B.

    Cheese Blintzes are fantastic!

    Sarah B. · September 6, 2009
  • Noah Z.

    Go to Veselka and get a half a chicken salad sandwich, a cup of hot borscht, and a salad. Get a container of their salad dressing to take with you.

    Noah Z. · June 7, 2009
  • Damien B.

    Make sure to check for the seasonal pierogies. The ones I had were short rib and they were delicious!!!

    Damien B. · January 28, 2013
  • Erin M.

    I like sitting at the bar to watch the line cooks and to see the drawer of pierogis! Favorites are the pierogis with onion and sour cream, veggie borscht, blintzes, and the bigos.

    Erin M. · November 13, 2012
  • BMI Elite

    They're open 24/7 - turn up after your night out and partake of the pierogis with applesauce.

    BMI Elite · April 14, 2011
  • Olga Z.

    Чудовий і правильний борщ:)

    Olga Z. · September 30, 2012

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