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Posted by yummmy on 01/23/2009
The bar side of Odessa is awesome. The prices are lower than the other side. The waiter is a cool guy. It looks like an old basement. Good food, too. And good coffee. Challah bread is the best around.
Posted by sunnysnow on 12/17/2008
I have ordered delivery from here twice and ate in the restaurant once. The food was ok, maybe good at best... certainly nothing I would remember. I had a brand new Menu from Odessa and when I ordered a dinner size pasta my menu indicated that I could have ceasar salad or house salad with the pasta, free of charge. The man on the other end of the phone snipped at me and told me there was an extra charge (around $2.00 extra ) I told him that my new menu indicated that the ceasar salad was part of the meal. He would not budge so, I just let him add the extra $2.00 to my bill. Low and behold my meal was delivered with an even NEWER menu indicating the ceasar salad was part of pasta meals (free of charge). I am not concerned so much with the 2.00 however, they were unpleasant and did not treat the customer well....I like their waffles but, Veselka has much better waffles and pancakes.... if you eat in the Village there are tons of places, there is no need to eat a place where they do not budge even the tiniest bit for the customer and where the food may be par but, is definitely nothing special! Atmosphere is bland and bordering on ugly, as well.
Posted by Odessaismylifesource on 11/23/2008
We go to Odessa at least once a week. I'm not native Russian, but as a person who isn't a native of a country where they eat borscht, I think the borscht is great! I also enjoy their meat perogies. Fries remind me of Wendy's but thicker cut...and I love hot Wendy's fries. My favorite is their reuben. They load it with pastrami or corned beef and their kraut is the best kraut I've had in the city, seasoned absolutely perfectly. Also, the challah is seriously the best in the city. Odessa is more than generous with their portions, and I believe cheaper than going to the grocery store. The waitstaff is very friendly (and by now knows exactly what I'm going to order).
Posted by Atressa on 06/24/2008
So having read the reviews, I thought to give Odessa a try even though it's out of my way. Glad I did. I will say that were I not set on blintzes it would have been a hard choice to pick a meal given the wide variety available at this 24 hour diner located on Tompkins Park. As it was, I also ended up with an 'appetizer' of 5 pierogies....at $4. In any case, Odessa's pierogies were very tasty and filling, the sweet potato innards smooth and mild in flavor. Meanwhile: The blintzes I got, cheese, were good sized and absolutely delicious plain or with the applesauce and sourcream served on the side. Coffee wasn't bad either. The service here is pretty good, though I did have a few issues getting refills as the place started to get a bit busier. Still, the server was friendly, and said I was welcome to hang as long as I wanted given that it began to downpour. I had to get going unfortunately but easily could have. From what I can tell, there are two Odessas, side by side. ...I went in the one with a big awning out front which I think must be the bar. Whatever the case, it's nice inside, with a red ceiling, Christmas lights, a large bar, and lots of comfy banquets. It has a homey bar-diner feel to it, unpretentious and welcoming, both to me, a family with a kid, and assorted groups of church goers (it was Sunday). In short, Odessa offers great value, 24 hours a day, with tasty food of all sorts for good prices in a warm atmosphere. Definitely worth the trip
Posted by Takeda on 06/19/2008
The food's relatively cheap compared to other places and it's definitely not gourmet but the portions are huge. It's a great place to order from when you need a quick bite or when other places aren't open. There's one guy who's always rude on the phone but besides that, Odessa's a convenient place to get food.
Posted by r[_]m on 04/23/2008
mmmmmmmmm. pierogies. mmmm. down-to-earth people. mmmmm. genuine old-time new york spot. mmmmm maker's mark whiskey afterwards. mmmmmm. only 8 bucks.
Posted by Albinos on 03/05/2008
I arrived in NYC some months ago from Europe, and immediately I adopted Odessa. People here are extremely polite and helpful, the food is delicious, fresh and really cheap. The service is quick! Of course, it's never empty, people adopt this place like a second home. Try the very good pastrami and the tasty french toasts! Whenever I feel sad I go there and fell better after.