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) #47 of 9,250 Restaurants in New York City ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Polish, European
144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
+1 212-228-9682
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (37 reviews)
“pierogies” (143 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59All hours
American, Polish, European, Soups, Eastern European, Ukrainian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
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1 - 10 of 592 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Discovered it after I went to a fancy "eat there to be seen and cool" place my daughter found. Always a crowd there, not sure why. Anyway, this place is a great diner. Not greasy spoon, very clean, courteous and quite economical. Coffee was good...More

Thank ovishunter300mag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is how well-made authentic Ukrainian food tastes. Always busy, always open, Veselka ("Rainbow" in Ukrainian) doesn't disappoint. Even if you have to wait a bit for a waiter to get to you, it's well worth it! Enjoy!

1  Thank ICarryOn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fast service and the food was very good. The fried pierogi are delicious and you can order 4 or 8. Mix them so you can taste the different stuffings. Also... it has 24hr service!

Thank Akira V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go, make sure you are not in a hurry. Great place to sit and people watch with pure Ukrainian food!!

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember Borscht and Pierogies from my childhood. I had both at Veselka along with some blintzes! We decided to go here because it was late and Veselka is open 24/7. I so enjoyed it!

Thank A G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a Eastern European diner in the East Village. I love the fresh baked breads, blintzes and coleslaw. Breakfast all day includes awesome pancakes and the best French toast on challah bread in New York. Service is a bit rushed and sometimes harried but usually...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been coming here for at least 50 years, #Veselka #restaurant disappointed me big time. Menu said 2 Eggs any style so I ordered poached eggs on buttered toast. Waiter says that will be ala Carte, we don't do poached ! I said menu...More

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pierogis from Veselka are the best! I recently had the brunch pierogi that had scrambled eggs and bacon inside. They were nothing short of amazing. I have eaten here several times and have never had a bad meal. This trip, I actually took some...More

Thank Alicia P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this place for pure comfort food although we aren't close to UKrainian! We had a meal just before the off- Broadway show, Stomp, and both delivered perfectly. We had the Ukrainian meatballs, mashed potatoes, and a potato pancake! Delicious! I would go back...More

Thank msbsplace
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Veselka is a great 24 hour diner when you're in the mood for some good Ukrainian and other Eastern Euro specialties plus all your typical American diner stuff. It has an extensive menu so you are sure to find something to your liking. I love...More

Thank Lucky69
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Robert B
do you have lox and bagels
14 May 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Jason B | Property representative |
yes we do
Will you be open on New Year's Eve? Do you take reservations or will we need to queue?
22 November 2016|
Response from Musiclover869 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Faybee87, November 22, 2016 I just called the Veselka restaurant to inquire about your questions. They are open for New Year's Eve. They do not take reservations and the manager said that the most you would wait... More
Melanie R
Do they take reservations?
10 June 2016|
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Response from Jason B | Property representative |
Unfortunately not, we are a first come first serve establishment.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York City, NY 10003-8305
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-228-9682
  • E-mail
Ukrainian Soul food in the heart of the East Village!
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