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Aug 7, 2007 08:14 AM

Quick Veselka review

Had dinner there last night. Diner-esque atmosphere, and the place felt solid and old-school, well-worn and appreciated. I ordered the vegetarian combo plate (2 cheese and 2 potato pierogies, and a meatless cabbage) and a blintz appetizer. Food overall was respectable but nothing spectacular. The meatless cabbage was a little bland for my taste. The pierogies were decent for what they were, but did not stand out as being particularly succulent. The blintz was the best dish, with its combination of dipping sauces -- raspberry sauce, sour cream, and apple sauce. These complimented the blintz's soft texture and mildly sweet cheese, and the sauces worked well against each other.

Overall: cheap, decent food. Nothing wowed me.

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  1. Veselka has good borscht. Not vegetarian though.

    1. Go back for breakfast. Brilliant pancakes, bacon the likes of which I've never had anywhere else, great coffee & sausages, plus the usual Ukranian/Jewish suspects. Oh, & excellent bagels as well. Can you tell I miss it?

      1. "Overall: cheap, decent food. Nothing wowed me."

        It's not so "mom & pop" as it once was, but that's pretty much what it's been for several decades...

        1. I like the food at Veselka, but I hate the service. It's one of the few places I've actually walked out of, all because of staff rudeness.

          7 Replies
          1. re: piccola

            I still have not been to Veselka and you just confirmed why I should stick to the restaurant in nearby Ukrainian National Home . . . Just like babci used to make, dinner and drinks for two are a value.

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Funny - I discovered UNH when I walked out of Veselka. Stuck to it since.

              1. re: piccola

                But that's comparing a diner to a proper, albeit neighborhood (at least used to be) restaurant. I never saw Veselka as a place to get real food except back when options were limited, which wasn't all that long ago if you're in your late 30s or older! A bowl of soup, pierogies, maybe even the occasional plate of stuffed cabbage, sure. It was fair to compare it, very favorably IMNSHO, to the old Kiev, except maybe the blintzes. but UNH was always a step above in all directions. Not to mention that while I haven't been there in quite a while, I assume they've probably gotten a bit nicer as the neighborhood gentrified around it, making a direct comparison even less apt.

              2. re: financialdistrictresident

                Doesn't UNH close kind of early? Every time I go by it I resign to try it over Veleska, yet I guess I'm in a happy rut with Veselka, mainly because of the Stella on tap. I also love the tarragon herb dressing on the salad and the soup.

                1. re: sing me a bar

                  I think UNH was actually closed for a year or two. Not sure if they have Stella (I get Guinness on tap)or when it closes but I prefer not to eat potato pancakes and a plate of pierogi late at night. I need time to walk them off. I did not care for the pierogi at Kiev. I'm particular about pierogi, so it's UNH or Greenpoint. Unless I decide to eat at Veselka and give their peirogi "the babci test."

              3. re: piccola

                I agree. The service was blatantly rude when I went in with a friend (late night, not crowded) for "just" some pie and coffee. The waiter actually rolled his eyes at us and made a big sigh when we ordered. We left. It's the first time I've ever walked out of a place, and I'm usually not very touchy when it comes to service. Most of the other clients appeared to be trustafarian hipsters slamming back bottles of "Stella" and eating big plates of greasy food.

              4. I haven't been there in quite some time, but I used to enjoy their bigos.