Veselka

Veselka

Ukrainian Restaurant and Diner$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Paddy
    PaddyMarch 19
    A staple of the late night East Village scene. Stopped in on the way back up town at 2am on a Tuesday. Had the Reuben for first time and it was good. Friends had the pierogi and really liked them too.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22
    A plate of pierogies with sour cream and caramelized onions is the essential order — they're made in house and the restaurant goes through a lot of them, so you know they're gonna be fresh. Read more
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StojkovJune 24, 2015
    Borscht and varenky are definitely the best things here. Very neat and nice little place. Below was a sweet, blueberry varenky (a special) and potato varenky. Very delicious. Great service.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 9, 2015
    Sample key items by ordering the deluxe meat plate - a set of Ukrainian Meat, Potato, and Sauerkraut/Mushroom Pierogis, a Meat Stuffed Cabbage with Mushroom Gravy, and their Grilled Kielbasa
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereMarch 6, 2015
    For a hearty meal, try the Bigos - Ukrainian Hunter's-style stew of Kielbasa, Roast Pork, Sauerkraut & Onions. Get it with a side of Ukrainian Beet & Horseradish Salad
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 17, 2015
    Come on a weekday morning for breakfast in nice, unhurried peace! The pancakes are huge and delicious, the oatmeal is superb, and the coffee is topped up frequently. Need to go back for lunch/dinner!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Few foods soak up a long night out more successfully than pierogi, those delectable little boiled and fried dumplings stuffed with booze-soothing things like cheese, meat and veggies. Read more
    Upvoted Jul 17
  • Shivangi K.
    Shivangi KhannaJanuary 24, 2014
    Some of the best milkshakes I've ever tried! I usually go for the coffee milkshake, but they're all good. Burgers are great too--I've tried both the turkey and salmon burgers with sweet potato fries.
  • Nicolette R.
    I want to be eating here now. Short rib pierogies are on point, the stuffed cabbage with a potato pancake is amazing and the apple crumb cake with ice cream will change your life. 😋
  • Katelyn
    KatelynApril 13, 2015
    veselka is consistently amazingly good. Try their burgers, pancakes, omlettes, perogies, salads, kibasa, blitzes, crumble apple pie (warmed up with a scoop of vainilla) , bagels..i could go on...
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneSeptember 6, 2013
    Salads are huge-lentil salad with shaved goats' cheese and creamy dill dressing on side is awesome. Mixed pierogies worth it $7 for 7 pieces boiled or fried with 3 sauces on the side. Spinach cheese!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorNovember 22, 2015
    The New York original. All the Polish goodies are great, but really just order the pierogi, steamed or fried, and go to town with applesauce, sour cream and the like. Amazing, simply.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "Order two bowls at a time—you will be glad you did! It's everything a chicken soup should be. This soup will give grandma a run for her money." Chef Albert Di Meglio Read more
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineFebruary 24, 2015
    My ukranian friend and I each got borsch (beet soup), shared spinach and cheese dumplings + topped it off with potato pancakes w/ cream cheese and apple sauce. As authentic as could be.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MosbackAugust 8, 2012
    The best every day restaurant burger in New York City. The bun is a light, fluffy seeded roll from Amy's, and the patty is made from lean, ground chuck that's delivered fresh six days a week.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 17, 2011
    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
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksMarch 10
    Corned beef is the trending taste this week and Veselka is on our list of best Corned beef in the city. Our users say the corned beef hash here is "unbelievable" and we definitely agree. Read more
  • O'kiss
    O'kissMarch 29, 2015
    It's mix of Ukrainian traditional food and modern American. We got meat combo plate - potato and meat varenyky, stuffed cabbage, borsch and salad. It was exactly the right choice! Bon appetite!
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyJune 4, 2015
    I got the spinach/cheese, meat, sauerkraut, and another arugula one... and woah. I had them friend, and was blown away. I will be back here for sure. Best varynky I've had.
  • Marcelo F.
    Marcelo FleitasNovember 19, 2010
    Pierogies here are amazing - fried (with sour cream & apple sauce). The Beef Stroganoff and Borscht soup is amazing too! - open 24/7 for those that are out drinking and need a bite before going home -
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphySeptember 22, 2011
    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!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31, 2013
    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.
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KAugust 22, 2011
    The pierogi are amazing! They're all delicious, so you can't go wrong. Don't bother with the Mac&Cheese, though. It's not that savory, and, well... The Pierogi are too amazing to pass up anyway. Read more
  • Erin M.
    Erin McCueNovember 13, 2012
    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.
  • Adrien
    AdrienOctober 27, 2015
    The only restaurant where can order anything (from beef stroganoff to pancakes) at anytime (from early 4am breakfast to late 11pm supper). real institution in the village!
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusNovember 14, 2011
    Comedy Central funnyman and New Yorker, Jon Stewart is a big fan of the deliciously fried pierogi. Stop in anytime at this 24-hour Ukrainian spot to grab some pierogi and read more on MetroFocus. Read more
  • Noelle Q.
    Noelle QuanciApril 18, 2013
    Famous for its perogies... The East Village location is open 24 hours a day, so it's great for late-night dining. Also does amazing breakfast food. The blintz are super good for breakfast.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    The classic Ukrainian diner has served kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, and matzoh ball soup since 1954. It’s open 24 hours a day to fulfill your next pierogi craving, whenever that may strike.
  • Niki Katherine H.
    Get a variety of pierogi and an ice-cold cherry lime rickey. The little cup of grilled onions and sour cream are heaven!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinDecember 19, 2015
    Classic east village spot, this Ukrainian diner is clean, inexpensive, and tasty. I like the chili, but definitely try the pierogies if it's your first time
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CheungApril 26, 2013
    Veggie combo with borscht and apple sauce (instead of sour cream) 4eva! Their veggie stuffed cabbage smothered with umami-laden mushroom sauce (part of the combo) is the highlight.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanAugust 9, 2015
    Quintessential late night East Village experience. Matzo Ball soup and all-day breakfast specials, Arugula & Goat Cheese Perogies are great (but on the smaller side).
  • Mohammedali G.
    Periogis! The Ukrainian cuisine is something new that we all should try. They have conventional items like sandwiches and burgers, but go for meat plates and periogies
  • Mike E.
    Mike EpsteinFebruary 15, 2010
    I know Borscht is king at Veselka, but I personally am a big fan of their chili. It's pretty mild, but very flavorful. Also great Pierogies and Mac and Cheese. Definitely my go-to spot after 2am.
  • Carrie M.
    Carrie MFebruary 18, 2010
    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.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SandbergNovember 6, 2012
    This institution, appreciated by locals is worth returning to, so when you've had the salmon bagel, make sure you tick off all the Ukrainian specials - with beetroot horseradish!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereNovember 8, 2015
    Ukrainian Meatballs - tender pork & beef meatballs served with rich mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes & beet horseradish salad
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 26, 2013
    The Cheeseburger is featured on Eater's 2013 Ultimate Burger Bracket, Budget Burger Division; Pierogies made Buzzfeed 31 Delicious Things You Need To Eat In NYC This Winter
  • Edward S.
    Edward SeborDecember 14, 2015
    Pierogi heaven. This 24/7 spot is a must for anyone out in the wee hours. The schnitzel is a great fried plate for all those savory cravings
  • I A.
    I AmosFebruary 26, 2013
    Beware the cold borscht, in which a hard-boiled egg often lurks beneath the surface! The hot borscht is safe. A side of beet and horseradish salad (really, more of a relish) is safest.
  • PureWow
    PureWow3 weeks ago
    Try the potato and cheese pierogies! Best of all, you can get them 24 hours a day, fried or boiled. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Handmade pierogies (filled with everything from potato to arugula and goat cheese) are especially popular, as are the grilled kielbasa and the veal goulash. Read more
  • Emma C.
    Emma CramerJuly 13, 2014
    Get the 7 layer bar (it might not be called that) but it has chocolate and coconut and gooey stuff and is amazing. In the pastry display by the cashier.
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Varenyky (Pierogies): "What Veselka will always be is the place you can go at 3 am when it’s freezing and all you need is a plate of crispy, golden starch bombs to make you feel warm & happy & full." Read more
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 9, 2015
    Both Stage's and Veselka's Borscht are delicious, but Veselka edges slightly ahead with their pork infused broth
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    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.”
  • Michael C.
    Michael CottrellFebruary 14, 2015
    Short rib pierogi's were great, potato pancake was the sweet cousin of hash browns with apple sauce on top. GRITS/POACHED EGGS WAS OFF THE FIGURATIVE CHAIN. Coffee was eh, bacon was gooooooood.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RyanJuly 11, 2015
    Great easy spot for late night food and a beer. Short rib pirogies pan fried are the way to go. And the boiled spinach and cheese.
  • Lizz S.
    Lizz SpanoFebruary 11, 2011
    I love the food here. Aside from perogies which are a specialty of the house I always order a matzoh ball soup and a grilled swiss with tomato on whole grain.
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