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Posted by Happy Diners on 05/06/2010
We visited Veselka for the first time after a screening at the recent Tribeca Film Festival and we are so excited because it's open late into the night and there aren't many good food places that stay open. But the real find is the taste of the food! Everything Ukrainian is fantastic!! The blintzes, borscht and sweet potato fries are superb!!! We'd go for their signature sandwiches, next :)
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2010
Veselka is a great choice if you love Ukranian food. They really have so many things to choose from on their menu, and it is very well priced. It has a little nicer than a diner feel to it, and we really enjoy our experience every time. I highly recommend!
Posted by rebecca on 01/16/2010
I can’t say it was my first time at this surprisingly old, endlessly busy East Village spot, but walking in before midnight was definitely a first. My taste buds unhindered/helped, I was excited to eat this heavy, winter-perfect food. Borscht: a fabulously tasty unthickened stew tinged with the color and flavor red beets and filled with thick chunks of beef, onion, carrot, celery, cabbage, beans and - of course - beets. Best when you mix in a small amount of sour cream. The soup has a simple broth with a hint of meat and light beet flavor, though the color kept making me focus mostly on the beets. I know this dish can be made a number of ways (I would not argue about it with any eastern European grandmas), but this variety was a truly great culinary feat.
Posted by marge on 12/12/2009
I have never had a bad meal at Veselka and have been going there since the 1970s. I think it is very strange that the reviews are as extreme as they are, really good or really bad. That is unusual and really makes me wonder what is going on. Is one of a few staff cooks the reason and I keep lucking out and missing his shift? I just don't get it
Posted by zeke on 12/02/2009
the prices keep going up, the food is mediocre, the service is still ahhhhh, at best! that said thou ,i couldnt imagine my neighborhood of 30 yrs., without it!! LLVeselka!
Posted by anonymous on 08/30/2009
I have eaten brunch here on several occasions, thinking that it will improve, but it never does. It's such a shame because the location is perfect & I love the fact that they are open 24 hours. The home fries are always excessively greasy and undercooked. Today I tried substituting with french fries but they were almost still frozen inside (barely warm). Even when I specifically ask for my bacon to be crispy, it arrives limp and barely cooked at all (which is kinda scary). I feel as if the cook is just trying to hurry things off the grill and out to the table. The bread always seems stale and the ice tea rancid. This review is being made without regard to price. This quality of food is not acceptable even in the cheapest diner!
Posted by DMarksBK on 08/12/2009
If you want great Ukrainian food, go next door to the East Village Ukranian Restauraunt (yum). If you want a nice meal that is consistently decent, just a bit more exciting than standard diner fare, in a place with lovely ambiance... go to Veselka, an East Village stalwart.