Veselka

Veselka

Ukrainian Restaurant and Coffee Shop · East Village
144 2nd Ave (at E 9th St), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Open (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
9.1/10

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    Joe Q.
    "Pierogis are great and the beef stroganoff is amazing!"(187 Tips)
    Amy K.
    "The borscht is too :) Can't really go wrong with anything here!"(95 Tips)
    Gregg D.
    "Stuffed cabbage and beat salad is unbelievable!!!!"(24 Tips)
    MoRiza
    "Try the Cheese Blintzes With Raspbeery Sauce"(8 Tips)
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  • pierogies
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  • potato pancakes
  • Ukrainian food
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  • Michelle S.

    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.

    Michelle Station · June 24, 2015
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  • What's Good Here

    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 · February 9, 2015
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  • Paddy

    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.

    Paddy · March 19
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  • Gothamist

    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

    Gothamist · August 1, 2014
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  • Mish and Rob

    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!

    Mish and Rob · May 17, 2015
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  • What's Good Here

    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

    What's Good Here · March 6, 2015
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  • 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
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  • Jillian

    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!

    Jillian · December 30, 2014
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  • Lea C.

    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! It was as authentic as could be

    Lea Ceasrine · February 24, 2015
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  • Ms H.

    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!

    Ms Helene · September 6, 2013
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  • Shivangi K.

    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.

    Shivangi Khanna · January 24, 2014
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  • Katelyn

    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...

    Katelyn · April 13, 2015
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  • MetroFocus

    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

    MetroFocus · November 14, 2011
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  • Tim M.

    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.

    Tim Mosback · August 8, 2012
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  • Marcelo F.

    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 -

    Marcelo Fleitas · November 19, 2010
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  • Chefs Feed

    "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

    Chefs Feed · October 2, 2015
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  • O'kiss

    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!

    O'kiss · March 29, 2015
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  • 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 Murphy · September 22, 2011
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  • 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. 😋

    Nicolette Romero · 2 weeks ago
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  • Berk K.

    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.

    Berk Kapicioglu · March 13
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  • Michael C.

    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.

    Michael Cottrell · February 14, 2015
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  • Eliza K.

    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

    Eliza K · August 22, 2011
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  • Mike E.

    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.

    Mike Epstein · February 15, 2010
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  • Compass

    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.

    Compass · July 24, 2013
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  • Matt S.

    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.

    Matt Spector · November 22, 2015
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  • Staff Picks

    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

    Staff Picks · March 10
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  • Noelle Q.

    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.

    Noelle Quanci · April 18, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Ms H.

    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

    Ms Helene · September 1, 2015
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  • I A.

    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.

    I Amos · February 26, 2013
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  • Michelle C.

    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.

    Michelle Cheung · April 26, 2013
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  • 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 McCue · November 13, 2012
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  • Brook S.

    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.

    Brook Shelley · June 4, 2015
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  • Adrien

    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!

    Adrien · October 27, 2015
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  • Martin S.

    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!

    Martin Sandberg · November 6, 2012
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  • Michael J.

    Decent enough food, TERRIBLE service. Appreciate that it's 24hrs, but waited once FOREVER to get service. I even put my head down and fell deep asleep until other customers complained about my snoring

    Michael J. · December 29, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Jason T.

    My Stuffed cabbage with a side of potato latkes was scrumptious, but my buddy was pretty unhappy with his sandwich which came with no condiments or L&T. The waitresses all looked miserable and irrita

    Jason Tannenbaum · January 30, 2011
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  • Marc E.

    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

    Marc E · April 26, 2013
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  • Mike F.

    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).

    Mike Friedman · August 9, 2015
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  • Amanda A.

    I tried every type of pierogi since it was my first time here, the only one I would get again is meat. The rest were bland. Maybe get them fried instead of broiled. Sweet potato fries = yummy

    Amanda A. · May 8, 2011
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  • 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

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  • ZZubin

    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

    ZZubin · December 19, 2015
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  • Melanie H.

    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.

    Melanie H · November 17, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Ryan V.

    The corned beef hash will change your life. It's not the steaming pile of crap that you get at any deli. Veselka serves actual corned beef mixed with onions and peppers. It's eye opening, and tasty.

    Ryan Villanueva · March 7, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Emma C.

    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.

    Emma Cramer · July 13, 2014
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  • GNTLMN

    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

    GNTLMN · July 22, 2012
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  • Edward S.

    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

    Edward Sebor · December 14, 2015
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