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144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
+1 212-228-9682
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (34 reviews)
“pierogies” (147 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59All 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 4 days ago via mobile

We needed breakfast in the city for the five of us that included a veggie option as well as dishes for the carnivores at the table. This old time favorite fit the bill. Yes there was a wait for the table. It was Sunday in...More

Thank LSGourmet
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love Russian and Ukrainian cultures but as an Englishman I am really unfamiliar with this cuisine, we have a restaurant in South Kensington London which was really popular in my day. I don't know if lunch at Veselka represented this cuisine at its best;...More

Thank isbear
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a light dinner here, dining outside on the enclosed sidewalk table, watching many NYU young college students walk by. I particularly loved the vegetarian borsch soup, which was thick, rich in flavor, and colorful (red beets). A bowl only cost only $7 and...More

Thank sobeneweyork
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not tasty, dirty forks, unfriendly service. What they call pancakes is some rubber dough leaving you with pyrosis

Thank Alina B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had breakfast here, but it was very good. Waffles with kielbasa cooked into the batter, omelettes, bacon, pastries - all done very well. The potato pancake was blah, but what do you expect from a potato pancake? The lunch menu looked great but...More

Thank Keith J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed brunch here so that the kids could eat like it was breakfast and the adults could eat like it was lunch. The boy enjoyed a standard American waffle and the girl had a delicious eggs Benedict that included healthy portions of smoked salmon...More

Thank hcmjkm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another visit to new york means another visit to veselka! It was my first stop after checking in to my hotel, it did not disappoint, i had the deluxe meat plate, i sat at the counter as it was so busy, a great experiance.

Thank pierreoljanuk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Velselka's menu is packed full of yummy homemade delicious comfort food, but my favorite is their pirogies. Pirogies are potato filled pocket pastries, either boiled or fried, with sautéed onions and eaten as an entree and Velselka's are devine! A popular spot in the East...More

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This place has some of the greatest Ukrainian food(other then my Babushka's Borscht)I have ever had. It is decently priced for the great quality of the food.The service is,however, horrible, and the waiters have always been rude to me and my family.

Thank Tigeer T
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This restaurant offers a wide selection of Ukranian food - which is, actually, very similar to food from central Europe. Prices are not too high, but we had to wait outside to be seated and, even if it was March, there was snow and extremely...More

Thank Gerald2456
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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
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
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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