A throwback to the artsy East Village of decades past, this 24-hour Ukrainian diner is famous for such authentic savory grub as borscht, kielbasa and pierogi. House-made treats like blintzes, rugelach, poppy-seed bread and wheatberry pudding will send your sweet tooth (or toothless sweetie) to heaven.
144 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between St Marks Pl and 9th St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 24hrs|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $17.50. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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Veselka is my go to restaurant in the east village. The matzah ball soup is always delicious, as are the pierogies (personal favorite: the spinach and goat cheese) and french toast. Everything is a bit more expensive than your typical diner--it's pretty easy to spend more than $20 on your meal. Also make sure that when you go at busy times, your entire party is present--you cannot make reservations, and your party will typically need to wait ~30 minutes before being seated. But I promise: the wait is worth it.
Thank God there's still a place like this that's open 24/7 in the East Village. It's honestly as good at 3 in the morning as it is at 3 in the afternoon. You've probably heard about the pierogis, but on top of the amazing Ukranian food, you can't beat the chili.
I went to this place after a concert at Webster Hall. Of course I've heard about it for a long time, and my friend and I, buzzed on a few beers, sat at the bar to order assorted pierogis. Soooo delicious. We got the boiled dumplings, and I was surprised that the short rib ones turned out to be my favorite. This place is not exactly cheap ($8.50 for 4 pierogies and $17.75 for two meatballs, mashed potatoes and a side), but it's a great place to sit for a bit and take a break from wandering through the East Village. Go in, order something delicious, and then hop back out in the wild again.
What's not to like about this 24/7 piece of East Village history? From American comfort food like absolutely delicious fruit-filled pancakes to Ukrainian specialties like borscht and pierogies, you can satisfy any craving any time of the day or night. It's known for its soups as well, so it's perfect for winter. But the outdoor seating and fresh-squeezed orange juice also makes it a nice spot in the warmer months. The space is big enough that even with a big crowd waiting, you know you will get a table soon. Bring your dog, and a bowl of water is at the ready. Want that large eggy dish but also want some pancakes, their large menu and list of sides will fit your needs.