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Posted by miles jikt on 06/11/2007
I love their soups.. All homemade, from own stock.. very tasty soups of the day [watermelon soup!].. Atmosphere gives you the idea that this stuff is always prepared fresh, nearly transparent kitchen, wide and airy dining, I always feel comfortable there. One of those places I finally decided to go into, since when are corner bistros in New York ever good? Anyway, the waitstaff there is always cordial, and hard working, plus great times, open late... Try the vegetable soup and borscht, and some perogies. Great desserts too!
Posted by withgrace on 06/03/2007
An execellent consistent diner. Great outdoor space and amazing blintzes and pierogies. Perfect in every way.
Posted by mikphire on 03/12/2007
The menu is pretty good, I like how they had choices for both vegetarian and meal lovers. My group had pierogies- which they said tasted great, good portions, I had the Urkanian meatballs- which was awesome! combines with the beet and mash potatoes :) yummy! The Bigos 'stew' was disappointing, hardly any meat and not fit for a hunter :( The service is good. If you don't know what buckwheat is, don't order it!- the waiter said it tastes like rice, it's more like oats. vegetables were a good, safe side dish. (damn, those meatballs were good!)
Posted by Village Food Lover on 01/05/2007
Veselka--home of the $8 blueberry pancake.
Posted by overmedium on 10/12/2006
I'm writing this review from the angle of delivery, not dine-in. Also, to qualify me, i am a breakfast fiend. I just ordered their challah french toast, breakfast sausage, and a coffee yesterday, and am super impressed with their service! The order literally came in less than 15 minutes (i live one long block away from them), and the order was packed better than any other restaurant's breakfast. It had all the condiments i'd ever need plus more, and everything was double bagged/cupped to make the journey in one piece. They are now at the top of my so-called heap of delivery menus. One word about the challah french toast: only so - so. It was a bit thin and limp, and slightly dryish. Look for better offerings from Stage Diner, Christines, and Little Poland, all in e-vil. but, to kind of offset that, their coffee is great!
Posted by East Villager on 09/25/2006
Look, here's the real review. Veselka is OKAY. Just OKAY. Nothing more, nothing less. So many people like to think it's amazing and since food is so much about perception as well as taste they say it's good...just like a back rub that's too hard...it feels good, not it also hurts. Veselka's food is almost always ill prepared. Either over cooked, under cooked or just stale and tasteless. And it's over priced too. But if you want to sit on a beautiful block and have a burger and watch people go by it's great.
Posted by M. Davis, Ft. Worth on 12/19/2005
Veselka is the one place I go to everytime I am in NYC. I love the famous christmas borscht as well as the Ukranian borscht (all of the soups really). Saturday I waited 30 minutes for a table, it was worth it. The potato pancakes were perfect. We had an appetizer of fried pierogies suffed with ham and swiss (sweet sauteed onions and apple sauce for dipping) and some of the best eggs benedict I have ever had. We took a miniature pumpkin pie and a black and white cookie to go, but we drooled thinking about the pastries offered at the front counter. This is a funky old fashioned neighborhood diner that has just the right East Viilage edge to it. (I love the great mural). The Ukranian staff makes the place even more fun for a Texan. I always feel that I am he only tourist in this crowded place, which is a plus too. For a great basic meal in a classic NYC neighborhood go to Veselka and then stroll over to Washington Square to view the NYU scene. From Uptown connect to the L line and get off at 3rd Ave (at 14th). The walk over to 2nd Ave and 9th is interesting and a good stroll after a great meal!