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    American Breakfast, Continental Breakfast

Since 1954, VESELKA has been serving up Ukrainian food from the same location in the heart of the East Village.

Veselka expanded in 1966, it took over a store front on East Ninth Street and the new additional space was referred to as the “Blue Room”, it was a separate dining room off the small front room, this area was often used by my grandfather/founder as his private meeting room for his cronies as well as of course dining area.

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6,713 reviews
  • Robyn Baranowski
    Robyn Baranowski
    5 months ago

    Super fast service! Food was tasty, quick, and hot. We stopped in for a quick bite before our flight and it did not disappoint. If you enjoy Slavic food this location is a must-try! Definitely going back for more!

  • James Mielke
    James Mielke
    in the last week

    One of NYC’s best ‘diners’ in that it is an elevated diner experience with tall ceilings, bright open windows, ample. (If slightly stuffed) seating. Arrive with a little extra time in case it’s busy (it’s always busy) and check out the pierogies, borscht (especially if it’s summer and they have the cold summer borscht), blintzes, and chicken schnitzel. They even have old timey drinks like lime rickeys and egg creams (chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer). Some of the best comfort food in all the city and it’s a genuine NYC institution.

  • Nadia Lavrova
    Nadia Lavrova
    4 weeks ago

    Very historic Ukrainian diner near St Mark's place. This week was restaurant week so sample pierogies, stuffed cabbage and small soup like 30 dollars and they serve beer and alcohol and there is take-out. The diner has about 20 tables and is first come, first serve and the food is legendary the Borscht especially. There is Beef and Vegetarian option. The stuffed cabbage also available in Beef or Vegetarian option and Beef Stroganoff may be substituted. Get there before 4 as it tends to fill up fast and there are no reservations available and it is open late. Wonderful for out of town folk for traditional Ukrainian comfort food!!

  • Jennifer Golden
    Jennifer Golden
    4 months ago

    We went here on. Thursday at the end of October. We came for an early dinner since had not had lunch, I think we arrived around 5pm-ish. We were seated immediately at a requested outdoor table. Service was fast, food was ready quickly and was amazing! I had boiled potato Perogies which was served with fries onions and sour cream. My husband had Beef Stroganoff which was a huge and hearty portion. He had a choice of side items and chose sauerkraut. My husband is Ukrainian and said the food reminded him of his childhood and the food his Baba made for him... I would say that's the highest praise a place can get. On a side note...Bathroom was dirty with pee all over the toilet seat and floor. There is one bathroom for meen and women that has 1 toilet and one urinal. That was the single only negative. In the last photo you can see the line that had formed within 30mins of our arrival. The line is all the way down the block!

  • Davina Chojnowski
    Davina Chojnowski
    3 months ago

    I never come to NYC without a visit to Veselka. I am not being dramatic when I say I dream about their pierogies. This place is ALWAYS busy so be prepared to wait in line. However they turn the tables pretty fast and yet you never feel rushed. That’s an art form in itself. I’ve been coming here for years and I see the same people each time. It’s testament to their community and the people who make the restaurant great. One idea which would make this restaurant perfect. Pierogi making classes! I would be the first to sign up.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 23:00