Ukrainian, Eastern European
$ $
144 2nd Ave (at E 9th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-9682
8:00am - 11:00pm
8:00am - 11:00pm
8:00am - 11:00pm
8:00am - 11:00pm
8:00am - 12:00am
8:00am - 12:00am
8:00am - 11:00pm



  • Hard-living Ukranians swear by cabbage soup as a hangover cure, and we think the bowl here packs an extra restorative sauerkraut punch. Get it the morning after to kill the pain.
  • Velselka is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Siftons 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York:
  • Students, locals and celebs all love this classic Ukrainian spot. Some of the city's best banana pancakes, kasha with gravy, matzo ball soup, pierogis and a great cheeseburger. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Borscht and Piroygi's
  • Fried short rib pierogis. The crispiness is well distributed. Get a large plate and make the table jealous.
  • An East Village classic with a long menu of Ukrainian and American dishes, whether you're in the mood for pierogi, a burger, or just about anything else.
  • the borscht. just do it
  • On those days when you're craving Ukranian food, come here. Potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage, oh my. Get the borscht too, it's as authentic as it gets.
  • I went with the kielbasa and the cherry lime rickey. Pay your respects to the Honey Bear painting on the wall.
  • Pierogies!!!
  • "It's my home-cooking spot. I understand why Patti Smith said it would be where she'd have her last meal." -Chloe Sevigny, in the WSJ's Insider's Guide to NYC
  • Order the arugula and goat cheese pierogi. It's listed as a special but seeing as how it's been on the menu for the last two years, it's pretty much a fixture.
  • Great late night pig-out spot if you're cranked. The peirogis are a nice insurance policy for tomorrow morning.
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  • Ain't nothing like the pierogi with applesauce, served 24 hours at the NYC institution.
  • Fun fact: Velselka is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because they're afraid the baby might come to life if they turn off the lights.
  • It's open 24 hours, but I'm not sure that's a good thing. There needs to be a special name for a hangover with kielbasa taste in your mouth.
  • Worst brunch of my life. Truly horrendous. Not sure why people love this place
  • Make sure to check for the seasonal pierogies. The ones I had were short rib and they were delicious!!!
  • Veselka is like The Game, but the other rule is that if you lose then you have to go there.

Nearby places

307 E 9th St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)
342 E 11th St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)
828 Broadway (at E 12th St)