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140 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 9th St.
Good Ukrainian food, poor service
By nafadeeva on 10/27/2008
I invited two friends to the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant for dinner on a Friday night. The place was busy and we were sat at a table that wasnÃ‚Â’t yet cleaned from the previous guests. 5 minutes have passed until our table was set. We had to ask for menus. When we were ready to order, we couldnÃ‚Â’t get the waitressÃ‚Â’s attention for about 10 minutes. We asked for two glasses of Georgian semi-sweet white wine but the waitress brought us red wine. She said they didnÃ‚Â’t have any semi-sweet white wine. The menu is extensive with authentic Ukrainian dishes and prices are reasonable. Both of my friends ordered Chicken Kiev and I had a vegetarian schnitzel platter (two vegetarian patties with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables). 45 minutes have passed before our food arrived. After waiting for 25 minutes, I checked with the waitress on the food but she was unfriendly. When the food finally came, it was good, but the waitress disappeared again without checking if we needed anything or offering desert. We had to ask another server for a check. I would not go back.
Old-skool, no frills, good food...
By slntwtchr on 7/7/2009
I fully disagree with giving such a low rating to this restaraunt. Though maybe one time we had semi-slow service, every other time I've been here it has been just fine. Very nice servers, very old-skool feel to the place. Simple decor, but clean and well maintained. How can you knock that? Good prices too. Sometimes we NY-ers get too caught up in flash and showiness. This place is the real deal. Awesome food that feels home-cooked. A nice, diverse menu. If you are a pierogi fan....you HAVE to come here. Veselka right next door is awesome too, but has more of a diner feel to it. This place is the real deal. Probably why most of the time I'm there, there tends to be a huge party of Ukrainians in the banquet room...If you want modern and sleek (lots of show and little substance), stick to the Upper East Side and some of the pretentious eateries up there.
As good as I had hoped it would be....
By pdd on 12/31/2009
Loved everything about this place! The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxing. The food was every bit as good as I had hoped. I have been craving stuffed cabbage and pierogies like my grandmother used to make and found both to be delicious. The bread was perfect! (Just like she used to make!) I wish I could have tried everything on the menu. I live in upstate New York, but will find it hard not to go here whenever I can get down to the city
By Odarka on 12/23/2010
I am Ukrainian and am visiting New York for the winter break from school. I decided to check out this place since most Ukrainian places in Brooklyn were excellent. I don't know if it's because it is in the city, or because it caters mainly to non-Ukrainian customers, this place simply fails. The styden, jellied chicken, was bitter and too greasy, not how my mom makes it. The jelly itself is supposed to be very clear, it was not, it also did not taste very fresh. Borscht was alright but, it was too sweet, it should not be so sweet. Varenyky, also known as pirogi were the only thing I actually liked and reminded me of proper Ukrainian cooking. However, it was too much dough and not enough filling, I chose the potato. The campote was really good and pretty much the only redeming thing about this meal. The waitress was also very cross and not pleasant at all. If you want excellent and affordable Ukrainian cooking, you will find it in Brooklyn but sadly not in Manhattan.
Yummy inexpensive food.
By galina26 on 6/12/2012
Just ate here again this past weekend and I know why I come back - good food, big portions, and reasonable prices. I really like the pierogis (cheese, mushroom, or potato) and the blintzes (especially the cheese or blueberry ones). They have an assortment of yummy dishes and the decor is simple and nice. I look forward to coming back.
Great! Worth a Visit!
By newyorklover32 on 11/28/2012
This place is great for some reasonably priced Ukrainian Food! Everyone should check it out!
A must for Friday nights, dinner & Tango
By bsasnyc on 3/27/2013
I eat at the Ukrainian-east-village-restaurant, every Friday since I discovered it 3 years ago. On Fridays they have Tango nights ( in the back, events room ) with classes and dancing until 2 am. After work, I go at 7:30 for classes, have dinner and stay for the night. I highly recommend the pirogues, the borsht and the compote. The place gets full with Tango dancers later at night. It is a truly magical scene.
By mvt on 8/10/2013
Placed a take-out order of 5 items and had to personally drive there to make the order, so I had to wait 30 minutes while it was being prepared. I was handed the order (two bags worth), only to discover when I got home, that I had paid for an order of potato pancakes but didn't receive any, and wasn't give a receipt of any kind as I paid in cash. When I spoke to them over the phone, they were inflexible and could not have cared less. The only recourse they offered was to have us drive back down (which is not easy in Manhattan if you live 20 blocks away), or a "refund". They don't deliver, and would not budge on it even though it was there mistake, which completely ruined the evening and meal as driving back down would cost much more in time and money then it would be worth. I would not recommend eating at an establishment with this kind of shoddy attitude and lack of other positives to balance it.
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