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  • Eastern European, Diners & Coffee Shops
  • 144 2nd Ave, New York NY10003 40.729039 -73.987223
  • (At 9th St)
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  • (212) 228-8698
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User Ratings (Based on 67 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 3.6
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 228-8698
(212) 505-6950
Place Order:
Order From Veselka for delivery & takeout
Major Credit Cards
Daily: 24 hours
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Brunch, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Late Night, Lunch Special, Online Ordering, Open 24 Hours, Outdoor Seating, Take Out, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible
Delivery Area:
Houston to 14th St; Broadway to Ave C

User Reviews

  • Veselka

    Posted by nc99arev on 11/30/2005

    Where's the sourcream?

    My borscht came without sourcream, and when i asked for it they charged me extra... what kind of a ukrainian retaurant serves borsch without sourcream...?!

  • Veselka

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2005

    Who Knew Food Could Get So Good?

    I have lived by Veselka for about 20 years and almost every weekend I have not failed to get bored of the taste of food, and I have my favorite servers. The space is big and nicely painted, and the value is good.

  • Veselka

    Posted by cdobbelaere on 11/03/2005


    I heard how Veselka kicks Odessa's dupa, so I decided to temporarily defect over to 2nd Ave. In a word, disappointed. My companion's pork and beef meatloaf with mashed and chicken soup disappeared in no time flat, but I was not so enthusiastic about my meal. The borscht was great but potato pancakes were overdone and tasted like old grease. My grampa's were infinitely better. Any bread pales in comparison to my mom's poppyseed roll, but the poppyseed cake was pretty good. The fresh lemonade was so nice and sour and the waitress did not ignore us at all, perhaps the secret is to sit at the counter. Atmosphere, well you know, it is sort of like a diner, not exactly romantic, but who cares? Not a bad little place really.

  • Veselka

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2005

    Best food - any time of day or night

    This place has the best fried pierogies I have ever had. I love Veselka - I can always get excellent food for a fair price with quick service. Huge selection and open 24 hours, great for late night or any time of day or night. Fresh food, good soups, good mac and cheese - great place to bring your friends for a sample of newbie-friendly E. European food as well. Good vegetarian options. A little more expensive than your average diner, but the quality of the food and the huge menu make up for it.

  • Veselka

    Posted by customer on 08/09/2005

    Delicious, my service can be better

    I love this place. The food is delicious, though, i usually order the same dish: deluxe vegetarian combination plate. When i first discovered veselka, I would go there once or twice a week. I do not recommend the burgers; they specialize in ukrainian (american style) food, not american food, though the salmon burger is good. The service can be really poor sometimes, whether they are busy or not. It seems sometimes the waiters (or waitresses) even see you waving at them, but then ignore you. they see you sitting there with your menus closed, but they ignore you. I walked out once. Experience it for yourself. The food is delicious.

  • Veselka

    Posted by big jim on 06/15/2005

    Veselka will never let you down

    This is the kind of place you can eat at several times a week. Perhaps the most reliable, everyday food joint in the east village. The Ukrainian stuff is superb: kielbasa, pierogi, stuffed cabbage, borscht all have a homemade goodness that cannot be beat. The flame broiled burgers and fries are exceptional, as are all of the breakfast dishes. Lastly, I have to praise the homemade desserts, particularly the banana cream pie.

  • Veselka

    Posted by april on 06/02/2005

    I like it

    The service is not quite up to par but the place is always so busy I don't really expect my waitress to be everywhere. I love the food. A nice place for late nite food or for lunch. The only european based restaurant I have ever repeatedly returned to.

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