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Posted by Noga Delshad on 06/23/2009
Open 24 hours. they have authentic Ukrainian food. But my favorite meal here is Brunch. Dessert can be stale late at night. - Noga Delshad
Posted by mc8446 on 05/20/2009
If this place wasn't open 24 hours, I probably wouldn't have eaten here yet. The times I have been here have averaged around 2am, and I've always found myself really enjoying some hot red borscht soup and some pierogi. I didn't think the prices were bad at all, and service was good. They always seem very busy but we've never waited long for food or even a refill of water.
Posted by Jordan on 05/06/2009
I will get right to the point. This place is awful. Every two years we forget how awful it is and go back for some strange reason and then remember. It's non-authentic, the portions are small, the quality is poor, the food is bland, and everything is a few dollars more than it should be. When we were there yesterday, we had to get up to get our waiter for just about anything, and there were fruit flies circling our food. Our chicken plate (zero taste or seasoning, and dry) came with two sides: 1- About 4 leafs of wilted lettuce. 2- Mashed potatoes that tasted like sand. We ordered potato pancakes too. Dry and inedible. Look, I've eaten at every joint in the East Village over the last 10 years, and enough restaurants from 4-star places like Jean-George to every little dive and dinner downtown, so I think I have a good base to judge from. Velselka, though always busy for some reason, is awful. I'd rather go to any basic diner like Odessa. We stopped in because we were very hungry and on our way in that direction, but a MUCH better alternative is Little Poland on 2nd Ave. just above 12th St. Amazing prices, tasty food, huge portions, and most of the food is made by little old ladies from Poland in the back. Can't beat that with a bat. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Posted by foodlover on 04/30/2009
i really enjoyed this restaurant. the food was good and filling, and the environment is comfortable and fun. i thot it was really a bargain, as you get a big plate of food for under $10! with dessert, our bill came to $25 with tax! thats pretty amazing for nyc.
Posted by Yulya on 12/26/2008
If you've never had Ukrainian food and come here to try it, you will never have had Ukrainian food. The restaurant is more than anything a typical American diner that happens to serve food with a similar name and semblance to Eastern European cuisine. Good for breakfast bacon and eggs.
Posted by belly happy on 11/21/2008
I am a big fan of Veselka for brunch - if you ever see the eggs benedict with lox served on a latke just be decadent and order it. Service is mediocre at brunch, but who's in a rush? But this week I had a day off and decided to have lunch out, walked into Veselka and ordered a cheddar cheeseburger medium, with the fries well done. I feared getting a burnt burger and soggy fries, but they delivered a fantastic burger - grilled and smoky tasting, just the right amount of pink in the middle on a fantastic brioche style bun. And the fries were so damn crispy. Perfection.
Posted by Ukrainian on 09/05/2008
The food is good, but not quite Ukrainian. Excessive vinegar contents in the borscht. Still, probably the closest to the truth you'll get in nyc.