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144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
+1 212-228-9682
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (43 reviews)
“stuffed cabbage” (79 reviews)
“borscht” (155 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Hours
American, Polish, European, Soups, Eastern European, Ukrainian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
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Reviewed yesterday

Found this place from watching the Showtime series Billions. Main character meets a colleague here last at night. looked interesting. Tried it. Liked it. Easy to access from Uptown/Midtwon via subway. In East Village not far from NYU. Good food, I had the stroganoff, mmm....More

Thank Patrick P
Reviewed yesterday

Had to wait about 20 minutes for a table at 6 PM on a Friday evening. The Ukrainian borscht is fantastic. The pierogies (steamed) were also excellent (had special seasonal pierogies stuffed with asparagus and gruyere).. The potato pancake was crispy and delicious.. The server...More

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Veselka on our way out of NYC, and our only regret was not being able to spend more time there. The fried pierogi were delicious, and the kutya pudding was a perfect dessert—not too sweet, not too savory. The aromas reminded me of...More

Thank JupiterKLP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for breakfast and an alternative diner experience - where the US meets the Ukraine. There were some building works going on in the back of the restaurant so we chose to sit at the diner bar. It's very similar to old-fashioned American diners...More

Thank smilgaki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love dumplings so when I heard about these Ukranian types I had to try them. I had also never tried borscht so had nothing to compare. But im a pretty open minded diner so i really enjoyed the pierogi, borscht and im still unsure...More

Thank Ema W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Ukrainian restaurant is a local gem and it gets busy easily. We loved the food so much ate here twice in 3 days. Hearty comfort food served with reasonable prices. No wonder it became one of the New York’s institutional places. We had matzo...More

Thank Monk2150
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every few trips to NYC I try to visit this restaurant -- partially due to my ethnic connection to Eastern Europe and partially to the unique vibe of this place. My current living location doesn't afford many places where you can score "authentic" Old World...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I heard about this restaurant from a friend who used to go to college by it. I love Veselka. It is great for brunch, lunch, breakfast, dinner-- really anything. It gets crowded, but if you're with a small group, you'll get in fast. The atmosphere...More

Thank clairenunez27
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Usually get this type of food in Brooklyn at Kasia's, but we were in the vicinity, never dined here, so decided to try for lunch. The goulash was quite tasty, as were the potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, and dessert (chocolate peanutbutter pie), but the kielbasa...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 10 March 2018

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. I finally tried it and thought it was terrific. The kasha was very good and the borscht was the best I ever tasted. The service was friendly and the ambiance was fine. I would definitely return.

Thank travelingFLmom
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Robert B
14 May 2017|
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Response from Jason B | Property representative |
yes we do
22 November 2016|
Response from Musiclover869 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Faybee87, November 22, 2016 I just called the Veselka restaurant to inquire about your questions. They are open for New Year's Eve. They do not take reservations and the manager said that the most you would wait... More
Melanie R
10 June 2016|
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Response from Jason B | Property representative |
Unfortunately not, we are a first come first serve establishment.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-228-9682
Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!
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