144 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729040 -73.987224
Daily, Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Veselka is a 24/7 Ukrainian diner in the heart of the East Village. It's a place to score steaming piegories, succulent stuffed cabbages, and a cup of warm borscht. For those not into the meat and potatoes of Eastern Europe, Veselka has a fair number of typical diner and hearty brunch options.
What an amazing dining experience. They have great service and the people that work here make sure that the customers are comfortable. I love their appetizers.
Eastern European food needs to be in my belly – Seriously. This place is really good. And I mean really good at any time of the day, not just at 3AM. The deluxe meat plate is the way to go if you're not a vegetarian and sharing or if you're just really really hungry.
Good Restaurant – Good food at a good price - 'nuff said.
Great first experience! – First time I've ever eaten Pierogis, they were delicious! The beet soup was very tasty too, yum! To top it all off, the server was very knowledgeable about the menu an very attentive.
Veselka is love:) – Veselka is a clean, pleasant 24-hour family restaurant, and the service is usually decent. The attraction here are the prices which are very reasonable.
They are especially known for their breakfast special, called The breakfast Special, which is served 24 hours a day. For about $5 get juice, coffee or tea, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, two slices of sausage, a short stack of pancakes, and toast if you want it (you have to request it).
Yes, the amount is correct. $5
The food is decent, and the rest of their menu is reasonably priced as well.
Note that around breakfast time and weekends you probably will find a bit of a wait, but it's worth it.
Parvin :) server at Veselka!!!!!
Worth the Brunch-Time Wait (And Open 24-Hrs!) – Veselka is my go-to for brunch in the Lower East Side. The prices are great, the portions are perfect for the day after a night out. They're usually pretty swamped on weekend days but there are some cute shops nearby that you can wander through while you're waiting and the food is well worth it. I love that they have an outdoor seating option too. I really enjoy their pancakes and crispy bacon (it's actually crispy!). Their burgers are also delicious. And the best part is: they're open 24 hours. You can also follow them on Twitter: @veselkaNYC
Poland Meets NYC Diner – You know when the plus-60 senior citizen crowd visits a place, it has to be good (or atleast, cheap). Veselka is that East Village staple that has managed to brand itself so well you keep going back for more. Traditional Polish foods like borscht and pierogies meet regular diner food and brunch items like pancakes and waffles.
Though there is ample seating, demand is high and there is sometimes a wait. Oh, and did I forget to mention this place is awesome late-night, after the bar?
Try the desserts, which are hard to resist if you glance into the clear window of the dessert refrigerator. What a sneaky sales tactic. I recommend the baked chocolate custard. YUM. Enough to share. There are some real "Far Eastern European" dishes as I call them, for the more adventurous types. Or maybe they are just regular food and I am simple...
Good breakfast deal – Needed a quick breakfast/brunch before I hopped back on my plane to LA. Veselka was a great choice. I had the breakfast sandwich, which unknowingly came with a cup or orange juice and coffee...what a great deal! The sandwich was good, like a sausage mcmuffin with egg, but better. I'd definitely stop in here when I need a quick breakfast before starting my day.
East Village Landmark, Best Pancake – Love their pancakes, kielbasa and Ukrainian dumplings.During brunch time, they have great specials but make sure you get there early to avoid the crowd.
Pancake is a must-have as well as their sausages.
Eastern European Home Cooking – This is where I go when I am craving my Polish grandmas cooking. The borscht, kielbasa and pirogi are delicious. Sometimes the service can be a little spotty but its not really problematic and usually a result of miscommunication through minor language barriers. Yes, it can be seen as basic food but maybe that is just the style of cuisine. Eating here always leaves my friends and myself with full bellies and smiles all round.
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