Take a trip into the heart of the East Village where this Ukrainian coffee shop and eatery has made a name for itself as an undisputed local culinary destination. Located on a stretch that’s also known as Little Ukraine, its name translates to “rainbow” and has served the community since 1954. The popular restaurant is best known for Pierogies, Borscht, and Goulash, and in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a stellar brunch destination as well.
This Ukrainian coffee shop and eatery is one of the East Village’s most iconic culinary institutions. Located on a stretch that’s also known as Little Ukraine, its name translates to “rainbow” and has served the community for more than 60 years. Whether you visit for late-night Pierogies and Borscht or recap the night before over brunch, the popular restaurant is a true destination. In addition to the eatery’s famous Pierogies, brunch brings Salmon and Latkes Eggs Benedicts and Blintzes with toppings that change with the season to complement your mimosa.
In the heart of East Village lies a Ukrainian coffee shop and eatery that’s one of the neighborhood’s most iconic culinary institutions. Veselka, whose name translates to “rainbow”, has served the NYC community for more than 60 years. The popular restaurant is best known for pierogies, borscht, and goulash, and in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a go-to brunch destination as well.
Beloved Ukrainian diner Veselka serves crispy, golden latkes year-round, but come Hanukkah the restaurant significantly ramps up its potato pancake frying production to satisfy the masses. Supplement it with a classic bowl of borscht or some of the famous pierogis.
How to order: Order for pickup or delivery via website or nationwide shipping via Goldbelly
The experience: Hungover pierogi brunch
The vibe in NYC’s East Village is chill, bohemian, punk, and basic, all at the same time. And as a host to so many different types of restaurants and bars, no matter your age, drink preference, or scene, the neighborhood has long been a melting pot for some of the city's best nightlife. While weekend nights have revelers boozing it up in all different places, weekend mornings have everyone converging at a single destination: Veselka. Here, at this Ukranian stalwart that’s been open since 1954, hungover diners are meeting in solidarity to nurse themselves back to vigor through a pierogi brunch. There’s no physiological proof that Ukranian dumplings and hair of the dog cures the runs and a killer headache, but basking in an energy that’s all about supporting more bad decisions is never not a positive. Located at 2nd Avenue and 9th Street, the corner restaurant’s sidewalk seating and large glass panels also make for great people watching.
How to order: Sidewalk seating is first come, first served. Order takeout and delivery via website, Caviar.