Veselka alternatives very close to it...
- sing me a bar Nov 15, 2006 08:29 PM
Someone, I think posting here, said there was a cheaper, better place, almost next door. It may've been a Polish place, but I seem to remember it having been touted as more authentic and less hipster.
Ukranian is definitely better and much more authentic than Veselka (although it doesn't have anything like the bustling scene). You go through the entrance to the Ukranian hall on 2nd Ave. just south of Veselka and go down the hall to the back of the building, which is where the restaurant is.
Maybe Little Poland?
200 2nd Ave, New York 10003
Btwn 12th & 13th St
I like their pierogis and borscht (hot and cold) better than Veselka's. For more standard diner fare, however, I'd stick with Veselka.