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Borscht in NYC?

berna Aug 27, 2007 07:36 AM

There used to be a ton of "dairy" restos, particularly in the LES that would serve great borscht, blintzes, perogi etc. Kiev was a favorite, the best borscht and challah. Please, chowhounds, is there anywhere you would reccommend for real, traditional borscht? Thanks for you help.

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  1. SweetPea914 RE: berna Aug 27, 2007 07:39 AM

    I like the borscht at Odessa.

    Veselka is ok too, but I sometimes find their food a little inauthentic.

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      ceeceee RE: SweetPea914 Aug 27, 2007 11:54 AM

      in warmer weather veselka offers a vegetarian borscht...however, it disappears in winter....they do serve a hot borscht with meat in both summer and winter...

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      tbloom101 RE: berna Aug 27, 2007 12:32 PM

      Have you tried the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant in the back of the Ukrainian National Home. Some of the reviews says it lack authenticity, but I thought the food was pretty good.

      140 2nd Ave- Btwn E 9th St & St Marks Pl

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        financialdistrictresident RE: tbloom101 Aug 27, 2007 05:49 PM

        UNH or head to Greenpoint. I have never been to Veselka (hear their pierogi are "adulterated" with all sorts of bizarre, non-traditional stuffings).

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          steeltowngrl RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 27, 2007 06:00 PM

          Call me an aldultress, but I love their pierogi. I find nothing nontradtional about them. Their meat filled is my favorite.

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            financialdistrictresident RE: steeltowngrl Aug 27, 2007 06:07 PM

            Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad Veselka works for you. Unless it is filled with meat, cheese, potato or sauerkraut it is non-traditional. I read a hound post about some gourmet filling at Veselka. Babci would turn over in her grave!

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            SweetPea914 RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 28, 2007 05:47 AM

            That's my main complaint with Veselka. Mine have to be like Grandma's, potato and onion with a little farmers cheese! The worst part is a couple times I have gotten take out only to get home and realize they gave me the wrong type of pierogies!

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          alc RE: berna Aug 27, 2007 02:43 PM

          The coffee shop in the Edison Hotel on 47th St.

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            Beau711 RE: alc Aug 27, 2007 03:48 PM

            I just replied to alc's post but it didn't appear so I'm going to try again.

            I concur with alc - the borscht at the Edison Cafe in the Edison Hotel is great. So is their cabbage soup when it's a special.

            Just tried the special cold borscht at Veselkas. Very tasty. It's served cold and is filled with chopped cucumbers and parsley garnish on top. Very refreshing when we have hot sticky weather.

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            foodwhisperer RE: berna Aug 27, 2007 05:46 PM

            Veselka has borscht on 2nd ave and 7th street,,,the Ukrainian home on 2nd and 10th ,,, Odessa,,, B&H dairy on 2nd andst marks,,,,,,,, Nassau St in Greenpoint has borscht but mixed with sour cream,,,,also on east broadway and Essex a little diner i dont know the name but its the only diner there they have good borscht.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: foodwhisperer Aug 27, 2007 05:50 PM

              Hasn't Kiev been closed for some time?

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                fayehess RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 27, 2007 06:17 PM

                I think Kiev has been closed for about fifteen years, or maybe I was just so depressed when I saw that it was closed, that it already felt like a lifetime. I dont' know how I would have made it through school without it. fayefood.com

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: fayehess Aug 27, 2007 06:20 PM

                  Thanks, I thought so. The 1-2 years UNH was closed were long ones . . .

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                    SweetPea914 RE: fayehess Aug 28, 2007 05:48 AM

                    Kiev closed, renovated, reopened (that was very short-lived) and recently closed again.

              2. BaconBits RE: berna Aug 29, 2007 08:21 PM

                I had a real tasty bowl of cold borsch and a half-order of potato perogis at Little Poland only 2 weeks ago. It was definitely better than Veselka's version which had too many random vegies in it. Little Poland stired in a little sour cream making the soup that creamy pink color - and the bottom is filled with shredding beets. Yummy yum yum!

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                  kobetobiko RE: BaconBits Aug 29, 2007 08:39 PM

                  Oh, I didn't know that Little Poland has cold borscht! It's time to pay a visit ;D

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                  LRS RE: berna Aug 29, 2007 09:16 PM

                  I went today to Pravda with a friend from San Petersburgo and she liked their borscht very much. However, she said it was not traditional.

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                    phoenikia RE: berna Nov 6, 2008 07:40 AM

                    Bumping this older thread-
                    Has anyone had any amazing borscht lately?
                    Thanks for any suggestions;)

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                      ukitali RE: phoenikia Nov 6, 2008 07:51 AM

                      Best borsht I've had in the city is from Ukrainian National Home Restaurant (all their Ukrainian food is pretty good and authentic) and Stage Restaurant (but they only have hot borsht on Friday I believe) ....they are both on 2nd Ave in the EV. I don't like Veselka borsht because it has meat and beans (definitely not authentic)

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                        phoenikia RE: ukitali Nov 7, 2008 10:52 PM

                        Sounds great. Thanks for the recommendations, ukitali ;)

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                          foodwhisperer RE: phoenikia Nov 8, 2008 07:58 AM

                          B&H Dairy (2nd and st marks) used to have good borsht, im not sure if they still do but worth a try. The Ukrainian Home is good, but Ive experienced bad odor in that restaurant and bad service. Little Poland has good borsht on 1st ave. ,,Not sure if Christine's still exists, i know Teresa's closed in manhattan.

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                        LRS RE: phoenikia Nov 9, 2008 07:55 AM

                        I've tried lots of borscht in the city and in coney island, but I'm still on the expedition ... as of today, the version I've liked the most is the borscht at Russian Samovar.

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                        sugartoof RE: berna Nov 8, 2008 09:54 PM

                        I've never had better borscht then Veselka's.

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                          chocolatebirthdaycake RE: sugartoof Nov 9, 2008 05:11 AM

                          For Hot Cabbage Borscht with Flanken go to "Olive Tree Cafe" on MacDougal Street ...Homemade, AWESOME! This place is one of my favorite's because the atmosphere feels like a casual college town ski lodge upstate. I think they're open until 3AM or later. GO!

                        2. janethepain RE: berna Nov 9, 2008 02:29 PM

                          Not a borscht expert by any means, but just had the hot borscht today at B&H and I really like it. I've only had borscht here, but it's nothing but beets and some potato, I think. And of course their challah is good too.

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                            ConnecticutHendel RE: berna Nov 24, 2008 04:04 AM

                            Try Twelve Chairs, on Sullivan Street. Amazing borscht!!!

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                              cynyc RE: berna Aug 7, 2010 03:01 AM

                              I would PAY for the cold borscht recipe they made at KK now the slovenly Neptune.

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                                cynyc RE: berna Aug 7, 2010 03:10 AM

                                Oops. I meant Christine's.

                                1. rteplow RE: berna Aug 7, 2010 08:48 AM

                                  I LOVE the borscht at Barney Greengrass (Amsterdam near 86th St.). It's cold, with the sour cream already added. Wonderful in this hot weather!

                                  Barney Greengrass
                                  541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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                                    deabot RE: rteplow Aug 7, 2010 09:03 AM

                                    there's borscht a Streecha, the basement cafeteria operated by church ladies on weekends. $2 a cup too.

                                    33 E 7th St

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