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144 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 9th St.
Poor Service at a Mediocre Restaurant
By apfeifer on 2/1/2009
We considered ourselves fairly regular customers at Veselka, until recently, when their service became so terrible. We were actually kicked out of the restaurant on Sunday after "we stayed too long." I've been to many restaurants in New York, Europe, and the US and so far I've never been told to leave after finishing my meal. We were appalled and plan never to go back to this place. What a way to treat customers! Their food is not nearly good enough to offset their treatment of customers.
Look elsewhere for good Ukrainian food
By mainecoast59 on 9/9/2012
As the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, I looked forward to enjoying some good, authentic Ukrainian food at Veselka. Aside from the varenyky (pierogies), which were basically acceptable, everything else I tried there was close to inedible. The service was also rather poor. The waitress got several things wrong with our order; one dish was forgotten, and when reminded, she delivered the wrong dish and had to correct it again. The cost was also quite high, considering what we ordered and the poor quality. The atmosphere is so noisy that it's hard to carry on a conversation. I don't see how anyone who has had real, well-prepared Ukrainian food would ever choose to go back.
By spoonfeed on 12/13/2009
This restaurant only vaguely resembles Eastern European home cooking. The dough in the pirogi is too thick, and the fillings are too bland. The "blintzes" are not even rolled into form, and are comprised of oily crepes stuffed with 2 inches of sweet cream topped with powdered sugar to absorb the oil. The service is rude and the hostess attempted to steer us into a door like a herd of cows. The interior reveals what other parts of this establishment try to hide... its a quasi-american diner.
By 32jfk on 12/25/2009
We went there the first time and found a neat place, with decent food! However, the service was very poor. A heasty waitress more or less urged us to leave right after we have finished off.
By OTORO on 3/15/2004
If Hearty be thy want, then by all means Veselka will warm your heart. Warm it on regional specialties such as Hunters Stew, Goulash, & Pierogis, or simple fare as in mediocre Waffles, Burgers, and Soup. It's true magic lies within it's heart: 24 Hours, and catering to a mix like you'll find in very few places in the world. They all come here, because they know...it's open.
Shevchenko would be proud
By jamesviola79 on 10/25/2007
My first experience of Veselka was at 5AM the morning after I moved to New York. I can see the place from my bedroom window so it seemed an obvious choice, and ever since I've had a sort of affinity for the place. The staff are friendly, chatty and make you feel like a local regular immediately. The coffee has a strange taste I haven't found anywhere else. At first I thought it was the jet-lag, but it hasn't prevented me going back for breakfast. There was a fight on 2nd Ave a couple of Saturdays ago in which Veselka's outdoor chairs and tables were knocked over. This hurt me deeply, but fortunately no permanent damage was done.
By haunt_fox on 1/25/2011
The food used to be better. Now I suspect that the varenyky are put together via machine as there is no "lip" to them anymore. The filling is chunkier now and the dough is thicker. Ukrainian National Home (right next door) has much better varenyky and is not as hectic. I also do NOT understand why there is always such a long line for Veselka. It's good folks, but it's not that good.
The pierogis are heavenly, but try the burger!
By TheForestEnds on 3/3/2009
Yes, their pierogis are some of the best I've had, but their burger, thick, juicy and delicious, keeps me coming back. I know burgers, and they've got it goin' on.
By nudnikjeff on 4/25/2011
We went mid-week mid-morning for breakfast. Crowded, but we were seated right away. Our gorgeous waiter was highly attentive, always refilling coffee, etc. Food was outstanding. I had eggs and kasha with a bagel on the side, my partner had buttermilk pancakes, sausage, and eggs. The atmosphere was lower manhattan, very affable. Customers enjoyed being there. Snippets of animated conversation were all around. Totally awesome breakfast.Oh, did I mention the gorgeous waiter?
By luciagiorgino on 9/6/2011
The pierogies and stuffed cabbage are heaven.
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