Veselka

Veselka

Ukrainian Restaurant and Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Dens
    DensJuly 10, 2014
    Kielbasa! But all the options on the menu are $14 or $16! Soooo ask for the SECRET "side of Kielbasa" for only $3.95! Boom! (and you're welcome)
  • 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
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 13, 2016
    This Ukrainian diner offers breakfast 24 hours a day. The menu has challah French toast, pancakes, waffles, and latkes served with sour cream and apple sauce. The blintzes and pierogis are great. Read more
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 10
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    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
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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.
  • Paddy
    PaddyMarch 19, 2016
    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.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroApril 16, 2016
    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. 😋
  • 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.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksMarch 10, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Siobhán
    Siobhán3 weeks ago
    Everything is (obviously) incredible but the short rib pierogi are what I first had from here and dream of sometimes. Go with a group, ask for the recommendations, and enjoy your feast!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Erin M.
    Erin McCueNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphySeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Marc
    MarcApril 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SandbergNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
    Mohammedali GangardiwalaJanuary 18, 2016
    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
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ukrainian Meatballs - tender pork & beef meatballs served with rich mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes & beet horseradish salad
  • Guha A.
    Guha Arunkumar1 week ago
    Get the pierogi plate (truffle mushroom, sauerkraut, feta)! The potato pancake is great and so is the Blintzes! Also liked the beet and horseradish salad.
  • Emma C.
    Emma CramerJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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 -
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    Try the potato and cheese pierogies! Best of all, you can get them 24 hours a day, fried or boiled. Read more
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Both Stage's and Veselka's Borscht are delicious, but Veselka edges slightly ahead with their pork infused broth
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNJuly 22, 2012
    24 hour Ukrainian inspired breakfast in East Village. The original restaurant started back in 1954. Definetly get at least one side of pierogis! - Brice Pattison
  • Sabrina
    SabrinaJuly 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.
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 3, 2016
    "A place that remains utterly dependable, and stand as the last bastion of a rapidly vanishing Ukrainian heritage — that’s as meaningful as it is complex to me." - Anil Dash, tech entrepreneur Read more
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 30, 2014
    I was totally underwhelmed by the matzoh ball soup, sigh. Hoooowever, the pierogis could do no wrong. Skip the meat, go for the sauerkraut, cheese and arugula goat cheese flavors!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    The pierogies are to die for. (And they got a couple Gossip Girl shout outs over the years). This location's vibe is way more fun than the Bowery one.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesAugust 27, 2010
    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: NYTimes.com/thescoop
    Upvoted Apr 9
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SecklerOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A smoked turkey sandwich is an unlikely winner at Veselka, a riot of flavors like chipoltle, cranberry, the fennel in Amy's bread, and thinly sliced, smokey turkey.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluMarch 13, 2016
    A historic and spacious Ukrainian restaurant. Open 24 hours. The pierogi (Ukrainian dumpling) is overrated. I recommend a large bowl of classic borscht. Grumpy waitresses add to the authenticity.
  • Daniela G.
    Daniela GMay 14, 2012
    Great midnight food ! Killer grilled cheese and one of few places in the city that pulls off a bison burger. If you're with a group, expect to wait.
  • Hannah Serena G.
    You can't go wrong here with anything, but the latkes are worth their citywide celebrity. Omelettes and matzo-ball soup are also fantastic.
  • Larry M.
    Larry MakNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried short rib pierogis. The crispiness is well distributed. Get a large plate and make the table jealous.
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisFebruary 16
    Lower east side icon. Tasty, filling Eastern European (not all Ukrainian) food. Borscht is packed with flavor!
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the arugula and goat cheese pierogies. They are the best. And the blintzes are legit. Just like my grandmother used to make.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GFebruary 1, 2015
    If you're hungry, get the Deluxe Meat Plate. Excellent pierogi, kielbasa, and stuffed cabbage.
  • Adrianna G.
    Adrianna GrężakApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried potato pierogi and a side of kielbasa = perfect breakfast or post-drinking meal. Seasonal short-rib pierogi are also very tasty. 
  • Melanie H.
    Melanie HNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cabbage soup... Not something I'd ever think to order but serious mouthgasm... Also amazing: pumpkin, cheese, potato and meat pierogies, raspberry cheese blintzes, stuffed cabbage.
  • Jara N.
    Jara NachbarDecember 28, 2012
    the blintzes are something really special, as well as the corned beef hash! and it's a great place for a great late night meal :)
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangOctober 24, 2016
    Pierogis with Apple sauce, onion sauce, and basically any sauce is amazing. They told they're open "365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Through any day, and any hurricanes."
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 11, 2011
    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.
  • Sierra
    SierraOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The arugula + goat cheese perogies, coupled with a few potato latkes topped with sour cream and applesauce, is THE perfect late night drunk food.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pierogies are magical. And don't be afraid to try to something new - the beet and horseradish salad was a pleasant surprise.
  • Ellis H.
    Ellis HamburgerDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Most people will tell you to go for the Ukrainian stuff, which is a pretty great idea, but the corn beef hash was the best I've ever had.
  • Evan
    EvanNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    At brunch, the salmon & latke Benedict is unfair good. Order kielbasa with your pancakes, because it's a Ukrainian joint and therefore the law.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaMay 16, 2016
    The pancakes and French toast are both some of the best add on an order of pirogies and you can't go wrong.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 16, 2011
    Indulge in the meatball sandwich at Veselka. Filled with pork & beef-based meatballs, topped with mushroom gravy on a challah baguette. Yum!
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNJune 28, 2012
    24 hour Ukrainian inspired breakfast in East Village. The original restaurant started back in 1954. Definetly get at least one side of pierogis!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistNovember 3, 2011
    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
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneSeptember 1, 2015
    Vegetable soup was served lukewarm and bland aside from dill freshness. The small size was large enough for one, $7. Goats cheese and arugula pierogi & sauerkraut with mushrooms best. Latke reheated
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren StrehlowFebruary 16, 2016
    If you ask nicely, you can have a meatless stuffed cabbage on the meat plate - yum!
  • Jess M.
    Jess MApril 17, 2013
    New York is a melting pot. And as far as melting pots go, this is the best one around. Totally authentic. Totally delicious.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great, big, bustling, late-night diner. Vast menu. A must-go NYC spot.
  • Paula S.
    Paula S.October 29, 2014
    I've had Mediterranean omelette with spinach and mash potato in the side.. Delicious!
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    In addition to the great food like blitzes, perogis and omlettes, it's open 24 hours with wifi, so you can get your work done overnight!
  • 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.
  • Omari A.
    Omari AllenFebruary 21
    Been here 5+ times
    Although likely overlooked, the 3-bean chili is bomb. My favorite in the city. Make sure you get onions on top!
  • Pamela Z.
    Pamela ZhuklevichMay 13, 2012
    The borscht soup is delicious & I've had my share. Pierogies are just as good. Mostly I eat beef stroganoff, their brunch is fantastic.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PastoreNovember 10, 2016
    Corned beef hash, potato pancake, and shirt rib pierogis for breakfast was amazing!!
  • Jonathan C.
    Excellent breakfast and brunch. Amazingly friendly and charming service. Go for the pancakes with eggs and corned beef.
  • Ellis H.
    Ellis HamburgerMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    How is the borscht so good. Borscht. And sour cream. And euphoria. Borscht euphoria.
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahNovember 20, 2013
    Get a large plate of the fried goat cheese and arugula pierogis. My new favorite late-night snack in the East Village.
  • Susan S.
    Susan S.August 30, 2015
    Classic NYC spot - open late with great pierogies and potato pancakes. The beef stroganoff was excellent as well!
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorJune 16, 2015
    I had the Bœf Stroganoff, which was excellent. Add some Sauerkraut. :-)
  • Beth M.
    Beth McMahonDecember 26, 2015
    Amazing home cooked real food with an authentic European touch. It's a small space so be willing to wait and go hungry!
  • jeffrey a.
    jeffrey arnoldSeptember 16, 2016
    Oddly the burger here is pretty unique and awesome, but you can't go wrong with almost anything on the menu.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MayMarch 5, 2016
    Just get a ton of pirogies, but also the matzah ball soup is pretty stellar. In fact most of the soups are great.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    "The restaurant owes its signature dish to Malgosia Sibilska, who has been almost single-handedly preparing Veselka’s borscht since emigrating to the East Village from Poland nearly 30 years ago." Read more
  • Yonadav T.
    Yonadav TsunaFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to hang out at all hours of the night! Gets really busy at breakfast lunch and dinner but all in between times are great to go by!
  • Rahul G.
    Rahul GuhathakurtaFebruary 10, 2015
    Try their 'Varenyky' - also known as pierogis or dumplings with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings.
  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas Poon5 days ago
    Loved the sausage plate! Along with dumplings makes for a huge satisfying dinner.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    The portions are huge and delicious! Open 24 hours Veselka is great for an aftermidnight snack.We love the cheese blintzes, Bigos and Bosch.
  • Cesar R.
    Cesar RazuriApril 13, 2013
    The meatballs. Get the meatballs, and a side of mashed potatoes. Best quick meal you'll ever have in life.
  • Vlad S.
    Vlad SpesivetsNovember 9, 2016
    Вкусный борщ, как дома :) И удивительно было увидеть украинское пиво "Львовское 1715". Цены так же хорошие! В общем, рекомендую.
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