Veselka

★★★★☆

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Velselka has really good pierogies. The rest of their food is standard diner fare. If you are hungry and you want polish accented diner food then go here. Definitely not a place to eat if you are looking for any more than that. Service is also really slow and semi unattentive.

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★★★☆☆

Velselka has really good pierogies. The rest of their food is standard diner fare. If you are hungry and you want polish accented diner food then go here. Definitely not a place to eat if you are looking for any more than that. Service is also really slow and semi unattentive.

Pros: Good pierogies

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you must get the meatballs!!! i'm not even a fan of meat, but they were delicious. unlimited coffee refills. but beware of the staff. some are very moody and ignore you until it's time to tip them.

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★★★★☆

you must get the meatballs!!! i'm not even a fan of meat, but they were delicious. unlimited coffee refills. but beware of the staff. some are very moody and ignore you until it's time to tip them.

Pros: great value food, prompt seating, late-nite

Cons: slow service

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I visited Veselka seven times during a three week visit to New York and never left dissatisfied. The service was very good though they tended to be a little slow with the check. On the other hand, I never felt rushed to vacate the place at the end of my meal. Sit near the back and enjoy the wonderful original mural painted on the back walls. I was only a little disappointed in the stuffed cabbage and pierogies but only because the Ukrainian recipes were somewhat different than the Croatian/Slovak recipes I grew up with. The borscht and split pea soups were outstanding, as was Ola's veal goulash. The raspberry blintzes alone were worth the ten hour flight from my end of the rainbow in Honolulu to the other end, Veselka (rainbow), in the East Village. For the tourist: this is a fascinating, dynamic and safe neighborhood.

2
★★★★☆

I visited Veselka seven times during a three week visit to New York and never left dissatisfied. The service was very good though they tended to be a little slow with the check. On the other hand, I never felt rushed to vacate the place at the end of my meal. Sit near the back and enjoy the wonderful original mural painted on the back walls. I was only a little disappointed in the stuffed cabbage and pierogies but only because the Ukrainian recipes were somewhat different than the Croatian/Slovak recipes I grew up with. The borscht and split pea soups were outstanding, as was Ola's veal goulash. The raspberry blintzes alone were worth the ten hour flight from my end of the rainbow in Honolulu to the other end, Veselka (rainbow), in the East Village. For the tourist: this is a fascinating, dynamic and safe neighborhood.

Pros: Delicious Food, Hours, Neighborhood

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The best place for hot soup on a cold day, great pierogies and borscht. Be sure to visit J. Bacynsky's across the street for Babka afterward.

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★★★★★

The best place for hot soup on a cold day, great pierogies and borscht. Be sure to visit J. Bacynsky's across the street for Babka afterward.

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If you are Eastern Eurpoean, Ukranian, and so on, this place will bring you back to time when grandma was rolling out the pierogi dough in her kitchen and frying the onions in tons of butter. I usually come in the colder months for takeout soup (try the mushroom barley) after paying a visit to the butcher across the street for some kielbasa, but last night some friends and I hopped in a cab late night, some 40 blocks to get some cold borscht, blintzes, pierogis, and stuffed cabbage. What a treat! Tourists you say? I think not, maybe you are thinking of the 2nd Avenue Deli. All I saw here were LESiders enjoying some great food.

2
★★★★☆

If you are Eastern Eurpoean, Ukranian, and so on, this place will bring you back to time when grandma was rolling out the pierogi dough in her kitchen and frying the onions in tons of butter. I usually come in the colder months for takeout soup (try the mushroom barley) after paying a visit to the butcher across the street for some kielbasa, but last night some friends and I hopped in a cab late night, some 40 blocks to get some cold borscht, blintzes, pierogis, and stuffed cabbage. What a treat! Tourists you say? I think not, maybe you are thinking of the 2nd Avenue Deli. All I saw here were LESiders enjoying some great food.

Pros: Cheap, Open 24 hrs, Great Food

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The great thing about NYC is that there are so many restaurants that you only have to visit the bad ones once. Not that Veselka is horrible, it is just VERY average. Unfortunately it poses as a far above-average spot and people are being fooled. Watch the lines on any given weekend. The food is only mediocre at best. The coffee is atrocious. If you want a good deal on Polish or Ukranian food, go over to 1st ave to one of the diners between 10th and 14th Street -- Neptune or similar. Lots of good food for a very reasonable price and lovely back yard seating. Leave Veselka for the unsuspecting tourists. They will be duped into eating their lame brunches.

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★★☆☆☆

The great thing about NYC is that there are so many restaurants that you only have to visit the bad ones once. Not that Veselka is horrible, it is just VERY average. Unfortunately it poses as a far above-average spot and people are being fooled. Watch the lines on any given weekend. The food is only mediocre at best. The coffee is atrocious. If you want a good deal on Polish or Ukranian food, go over to 1st ave to one of the diners between 10th and 14th Street -- Neptune or similar. Lots of good food for a very reasonable price and lovely back yard seating. Leave Veselka for the unsuspecting tourists. They will be duped into eating their lame brunches.

Pros: ehhh. . dunno

Cons: price, crowds, food

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Have only been here once. You know those places where you sit down and look at the menu and you can't decide what to order because so many things sound good? This is one of those places. A good mix of tradional diner offerings mixed in with great-sounding Ukrainian options. Opted for the ""Deluxe Meat Combo Plate"" - portions weren't huge...but enough to fill me up. Everything was good. I now only feel the need to go back to try all the other things I didn't order the first time.

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★★★★☆

Have only been here once. You know those places where you sit down and look at the menu and you can't decide what to order because so many things sound good? This is one of those places. A good mix of tradional diner offerings mixed in with great-sounding Ukrainian options. Opted for the ""Deluxe Meat Combo Plate"" - portions weren't huge...but enough to fill me up. Everything was good. I now only feel the need to go back to try all the other things I didn't order the first time.

Pros: Fast Service, Good Food, Decent Value

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My grandma used to take me here when I was little...she used to tell me that they were the only people in the world that make pierogis like hers. And it's true. Maybe I'm biased, but this is a great dive-y type place to go on the LES with a couple of friends before a big night of drinking. Try the beet salad, yum! The pierogis, of course, the borscht with sour cream, and if you're really daring, give the kasha varnishkes a shot. One bad thing - the Ukrainian beer - tastes like Shlitz. The servers ARE weird, but nice. I freakin' love Veselka. (That means 'rainbow,' by the way...like the pot of gold at the end of it!)

2
★★★★☆

My grandma used to take me here when I was little...she used to tell me that they were the only people in the world that make pierogis like hers. And it's true. Maybe I'm biased, but this is a great dive-y type place to go on the LES with a couple of friends before a big night of drinking. Try the beet salad, yum! The pierogis, of course, the borscht with sour cream, and if you're really daring, give the kasha varnishkes a shot. One bad thing - the Ukrainian beer - tastes like Shlitz. The servers ARE weird, but nice. I freakin' love Veselka. (That means 'rainbow,' by the way...like the pot of gold at the end of it!)

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Hours

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If you're looking for great comfort food in a slightly funky, very busy setting, this is the place to go. This is a solid diner, but a diner nonetheless. Veselka's does offer one of the best cups of coffee in the city (when the brew is fresh). If you're going for weekend brunch, try the raspberry pancakes. The desserts are also solidly respectable, if you still have room after all those pierogi.

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★★★★★

If you're looking for great comfort food in a slightly funky, very busy setting, this is the place to go. This is a solid diner, but a diner nonetheless. Veselka's does offer one of the best cups of coffee in the city (when the brew is fresh). If you're going for weekend brunch, try the raspberry pancakes. The desserts are also solidly respectable, if you still have room after all those pierogi.

Pros: inexpensive, open 24 hours, friendly service

Cons: crowded prime times

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It's amazing how many restaurants there are in New York City that rate mediocre at best. Given the number of great establishments you can eat at on every type of budget, mediocrity is not something that should be tolerated in New York. Veselka perhaps slips under the radar because of their eclectic menu -- I can't think of too many places where I can choose between pierogies, chili, mac and cheese, and borscht -- to name a few. But sadly, everything I've tried here is just ok; fine if you're passing by and need a quick bite. But for those people who tolerate the long lines, especially for weekend brunch -- move on. There's plenty of other much better eats in the area.

1
★★★☆☆

It's amazing how many restaurants there are in New York City that rate mediocre at best. Given the number of great establishments you can eat at on every type of budget, mediocrity is not something that should be tolerated in New York. Veselka perhaps slips under the radar because of their eclectic menu -- I can't think of too many places where I can choose between pierogies, chili, mac and cheese, and borscht -- to name a few. But sadly, everything I've tried here is just ok; fine if you're passing by and need a quick bite. But for those people who tolerate the long lines, especially for weekend brunch -- move on. There's plenty of other much better eats in the area.

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Growing up on homemade Polish food may not sound great to many, but after tasting a few bites of my mothers cooking you would change your mind. I never thought anyone matched her skill in the kitchen, but Veselka does up some of my classic favorites to delight. Try the glumpki (stuffed cabbage) or Peirogies (like ravioli's). They will not disappoint.

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★★★★☆

Growing up on homemade Polish food may not sound great to many, but after tasting a few bites of my mothers cooking you would change your mind. I never thought anyone matched her skill in the kitchen, but Veselka does up some of my classic favorites to delight. Try the glumpki (stuffed cabbage) or Peirogies (like ravioli's). They will not disappoint.

Pros: Glumpki, Peirogies, Quick Service

Cons: Long Wait for Seat

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having used to work at a bakery where the closing shift ended at 1:30 in the morning, i've grown to appreciate how rare it is to find a really good place to eat that's open any time of day. veselka does breakfast all day and night, and their waffles with raspberry sauce are killer (they make a mean omlette too). unfortunately my friends and I rarely get the chance to enjoy all their wonderful food...because we've gotten so addicted to their bacon burgers. a good burger with everything is hard to find in this city...at least when you want it under ten dollars. the only one i've had in manhattan to beat veselka's is at the corner bistro, which unfortunately has disappointing fries. veselka does not have this liability.

2
★★★★★

having used to work at a bakery where the closing shift ended at 1:30 in the morning, i've grown to appreciate how rare it is to find a really good place to eat that's open any time of day. veselka does breakfast all day and night, and their waffles with raspberry sauce are killer (they make a mean omlette too). unfortunately my friends and I rarely get the chance to enjoy all their wonderful food...because we've gotten so addicted to their bacon burgers. a good burger with everything is hard to find in this city...at least when you want it under ten dollars. the only one i've had in manhattan to beat veselka's is at the corner bistro, which unfortunately has disappointing fries. veselka does not have this liability.

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This place was simply excelltent, with great staff, service and value. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★☆

This place was simply excelltent, with great staff, service and value. Highly recommended!

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the mashed potatoes are not too good. the egg noodle side dish is even worse. my order of egg noodles seemed either very old, or undercooked. i think it was both. the corner i sat in was infested by fruit flies. the place itself is nice. the service is teeters between mediocre and bad.

1
★★☆☆☆

the mashed potatoes are not too good. the egg noodle side dish is even worse. my order of egg noodles seemed either very old, or undercooked. i think it was both. the corner i sat in was infested by fruit flies. the place itself is nice. the service is teeters between mediocre and bad.

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This restaurant has potential but the food was just OK and the service was bad. I felt uncomfortable in the atmosphere....which makes comfort food not as grand.

1
★★★☆☆

This restaurant has potential but the food was just OK and the service was bad. I felt uncomfortable in the atmosphere....which makes comfort food not as grand.

Pros: location

Cons: service

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I used to love going there for their ""stuffed cabbages"". They used to make them perfect. I recently ordered it twice and they seem to go downhill. Why? Twice it came back burnt, the filling was hard and burnt and nothing as delicious it used to be. Overall, i love their food & portions. Great home warming meals and quick service.

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★★★★☆

I used to love going there for their ""stuffed cabbages"". They used to make them perfect. I recently ordered it twice and they seem to go downhill. Why? Twice it came back burnt, the filling was hard and burnt and nothing as delicious it used to be. Overall, i love their food & portions. Great home warming meals and quick service.

Pros: value, variety, portions

Cons: waiting, waiting, crowded

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Veselka has good diner food in a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone in your group will be able to find something they like and everyone will leave satified.

2
★★★★★

Veselka has good diner food in a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone in your group will be able to find something they like and everyone will leave satified.

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Veselka is my absolute FAVORITE place to eat late at night- the food is filling, delicious, and fresh. My favorites are the boiled potato perogis, the cheese blintzes, and the coffee. My fiance LOVES the soups, especially the cold borscht (served with great bread). The service isn't wonderful, but they get the job done, and quickly enough. It actually adds to the authenticity (Czech servers are known to be a bit brusque). Overall, I highly recommend a trip to Veselka, especially after a late night out.

2
★★★★★

Veselka is my absolute FAVORITE place to eat late at night- the food is filling, delicious, and fresh. My favorites are the boiled potato perogis, the cheese blintzes, and the coffee. My fiance LOVES the soups, especially the cold borscht (served with great bread). The service isn't wonderful, but they get the job done, and quickly enough. It actually adds to the authenticity (Czech servers are known to be a bit brusque). Overall, I highly recommend a trip to Veselka, especially after a late night out.

Pros: Delicious, 24 hr., Authentic

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Just so good! Perogies just like my grandfather used to make. My husband and I love the cabbage soup so much, we can't wait for cooler weather to arrive!

2
★★★★☆

Just so good! Perogies just like my grandfather used to make. My husband and I love the cabbage soup so much, we can't wait for cooler weather to arrive!

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Veselka is one of those East Village 24 hour burgs where the food is rich, and the service bites. Go for the Goloush, the Ukranian Meatballs, the potato pancakes, the blintzes, or the burgers, it's all great, and really cheap. You don't have to make fun of fellow New Yorkers, like Eek and his Taliban buddies do, all you have to do is sit back get a great meal, look at the mural, or through the large sidewalk windows and enjoy yourself!

2
★★★★☆

Veselka is one of those East Village 24 hour burgs where the food is rich, and the service bites. Go for the Goloush, the Ukranian Meatballs, the potato pancakes, the blintzes, or the burgers, it's all great, and really cheap. You don't have to make fun of fellow New Yorkers, like Eek and his Taliban buddies do, all you have to do is sit back get a great meal, look at the mural, or through the large sidewalk windows and enjoy yourself!

Pros: lots for the buck, tasty, 24 hour

Cons: so-so service

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Try the Cheese Blintzes and a Mediteranian Omelette. Be prepared to wait 30mins on Sat/Sun 'morning' (2-4). Service sucks, but the coffee is good.

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★★★★★

Try the Cheese Blintzes and a Mediteranian Omelette. Be prepared to wait 30mins on Sat/Sun 'morning' (2-4). Service sucks, but the coffee is good.

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join the older locals and laugh at the yuppies and hipsters while getting some of the best bargains around. not the 'best' food, but, something for everyone can be found on the menu. sometimes service can be slow - just pretend it's your grandma.

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★★★☆☆

join the older locals and laugh at the yuppies and hipsters while getting some of the best bargains around. not the 'best' food, but, something for everyone can be found on the menu. sometimes service can be slow - just pretend it's your grandma.

Pros: cheap eats, variety

Cons: loud hipsters, loud yuppies, can be slow service

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I have never had worse service in my life. I gave this place three chances and each time a different waitress was more rude and less intelligent than I could imagine. The food took forever, and not because it was coming out of the kitchen, it just sat on the counter until they decided we should eat. Then after asking for water it was another 10 min... Not to mention they drop the check on the table right after you order your meal, forgetting they have a dessert menu... Lastly, the food was horrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never had worse service in my life. I gave this place three chances and each time a different waitress was more rude and less intelligent than I could imagine. The food took forever, and not because it was coming out of the kitchen, it just sat on the counter until they decided we should eat. Then after asking for water it was another 10 min... Not to mention they drop the check on the table right after you order your meal, forgetting they have a dessert menu... Lastly, the food was horrible.

Pros: Location

Cons: Bad Service, Loud, Bad Food

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Veselka is my number-one spot for Cheap Eats. Yes, a combination plate will run you $8.95, and you might be able to find a cheaper entree elsewhere. But a combination plate gives you a salad, soup, unlimited (and excellent) challah bread, four pierogi, and a big stuffed cabbage. The food is incredible, and the other choices are equally large-portioned for the price. You can go a whole day on a Veselka meal, and since they're open 24 hours, I sometimes do.

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★★★★☆

Veselka is my number-one spot for Cheap Eats. Yes, a combination plate will run you $8.95, and you might be able to find a cheaper entree elsewhere. But a combination plate gives you a salad, soup, unlimited (and excellent) challah bread, four pierogi, and a big stuffed cabbage. The food is incredible, and the other choices are equally large-portioned for the price. You can go a whole day on a Veselka meal, and since they're open 24 hours, I sometimes do.

Pros: Excellent food, Low prices, Huge portions

Cons: Often crowded, Service can be slow

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i love the food here. my boyfriend's family is ukranian (his mother is a fantastic cook), and HE loves the food. it's a very good deal. the service is sort of slow, but what do you expect--it's a diner. the cold borsht here is excellent, as well as the many different kinds of pierogis and meatless stuffed cabbage.

2
★★★★★

i love the food here. my boyfriend's family is ukranian (his mother is a fantastic cook), and HE loves the food. it's a very good deal. the service is sort of slow, but what do you expect--it's a diner. the cold borsht here is excellent, as well as the many different kinds of pierogis and meatless stuffed cabbage.

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I have a group of friends that sees a fair amount of theater on the LES, and we always make it a point to trek over to Veselka afterwards. I have two words: raspberry blintzes.

Go forth and eat.

2
★★★★☆

I have a group of friends that sees a fair amount of theater on the LES, and we always make it a point to trek over to Veselka afterwards. I have two words: raspberry blintzes.

Go forth and eat.

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This is the ""Bomb"". Good food and service! Great after a busy nite out.

2
★★★★☆

This is the ""Bomb"". Good food and service! Great after a busy nite out.

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The food is terrific- great variety, great flavors! The service is great, just my all around favorite place!

2
★★★★★

The food is terrific- great variety, great flavors! The service is great, just my all around favorite place!

Pros: 24 hours a day, Good prices, Good seating

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Good spacious eatery,lots of variety at this 24 hour resteraunt, not another boring cafe.

2
★★★★☆

Good spacious eatery,lots of variety at this 24 hour resteraunt, not another boring cafe.

Pros: 24 hours, stuffed cabbage, price

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Fun place with great food at a good price. Casual atmoshphere, not a date place. But great for after clubbing or a night out drinking. Open 24 hours.

2
★★★★☆

Fun place with great food at a good price. Casual atmoshphere, not a date place. But great for after clubbing or a night out drinking. Open 24 hours.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food

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Thank goodness somewhere's still open all night, and that it's Veselka. Lots of Eastern European favorites with a downtown twist, plus some slightly yuppified offerings, a small but not unpleasantly crowded space and an inexplicably high-energy vibe make Veselka an East Village classic.

2
★★★★☆

Thank goodness somewhere's still open all night, and that it's Veselka. Lots of Eastern European favorites with a downtown twist, plus some slightly yuppified offerings, a small but not unpleasantly crowded space and an inexplicably high-energy vibe make Veselka an East Village classic.

 

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