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Jul 7, 2004 10:32 PM

Eastern European in East Village

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What's the best moderately priced ($20 entrees or below) Eastern European dinner(by which I'm thinking fare like Polish, Czech, German, Ukranian, Russian etc.) in the East Village?

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  1. Teresa's, on 1st avenue, is probably the best such place in the neighborhood.

    For German, I also like Loreley in the Lower East Side or Zum Schnieder on Avenue C. Both are beer gardenish.

    1. Veseleka (2nd ave and 9th st) is great for russian food. I LOVE their borscht and blintzes. Not expensive.


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      1. re: atwood

        Veselka is actually Ukranian. But it's still a good meal, especially their combo plates (stuffed cabbage + pierogi, either with or without meat).

      2. Klimat at 77 East 7th between 1st and 2nd is good.

        Excellent staff, good range of Eastern beers and wines - menu is a mix between Polish home favourites (pierogis, kielbasa sausage, stuffed cabbage leaves) and a mediterranean fare (grilled chicken in pita, mezze plates etc.). You can always get a steak as well.

        Definitely within your budget set above

        1. Ukrainian National Home restaurant is a favorite of mine: great home-cooked victuals (just like my grandma's), huge portions, kitchy/cute ambiance, and dirt cheap. The best varenyky (little dumplings) ever!

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          1. re: City Kid

            I agree about the Ukrainian. It flies beneath the radar but it's a great place.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              i'd third the ukranian home......a favorite for 20 plus years.

              i find teresa's to be kinda cookie cutter and blah

              1. re: david sprague

                I agree that Ukranian Home is best.
                Teresa's is closed.
                Veselka can be convenient for a mixed group (i.e. picky eaters, vegetarians, etc.)
                Neptune has a nice garden but I've given up on their food.
                I love to get Polish food to bring home from the Pierogi Deli - it's the cheapest option and quite good.

          2. The perogies at Stage Restaurant are cheap and awesome.

            Stage Restaurant
            128 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: MWinston

              Veselka's Ukrainian food is not good (or really any of their other food for that matter) If you want a sit-down meal go with the Ukrainian Home. ..very authentic food...I should know since I'm Ukrainian :)

              1. re: ukitali

                Kafana (Serbian place on avenue c) might work for you. It is meat oriented though and a little expensive. On the cheaper side and for your smoked trout fare there is also Anyway cafe on 2nd , for a quick bite and a drink.