SINCE 1954, VESELKA HAS BEEN SERVING UP UKRAINIAN FOOD FROM THE SAME LOCATION IN THE HEART OF THE EAST VILLAGE
Veselka, which means rainbow in Ukrainian, was founded by Volodymyr and Olha Darmochwal in 1954. Volodymyr and his wife were Ukrainian refugees in the late 1940s and found a home in the Little Ukraine neighborhood of the lower east side of Manhattan.
Ever since then, Veselka has grown from a small newsstand into a 24 hour gathering place, serving up Ukrainian soul food with traditional dishes like Pierogi/Varenyky, Stuffed Cabbage, Potato Pancakes, Blintzes and Goulash to the delight of locals and visitors alike.
The restaurant, now owned and operated by Volodymyr’s grandson, Jason Birchard, was owned and operated by Tom Birchard for many years, the son in law of the original founders. Throughout the restaurant’s 69 year history, it has been expanded several times, been featured in many prominent films (such as Ocean’s 8, Trainwreck and Juno) along with numerous features in local and national publications. Veselka is, put simply, an institution of New York City.
Beyond the acclaim and popularity amongst it's customers, Veselka continues to be a pillar in the local Ukrainian community. Ukrainians mostly comprise it's staff and the ownership remain very active in the local community, supporting the Ukrainian National Institute, Razom for Ukraine, and local St. George’s Church via food and monetary donations on a regular basis.
Veselka was born.
Veselka expanded in 1966, taking over the store front on East Ninth Street.
The Village Voice gives Veselka its
Veselka opens 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Veselka expands into its current space after a 4 month renovation, nearly doubling the size.
We celebrated our 50th anniversary with a dedication ceremony and a plaque marking the occasion.
Veselka Cycling Team is founded.
Veselka releases its cookbook.
The Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pierogi hits the menu from the first community “pierogi maker” competition.
Veselka opens a kiosk at Union Square
Veselka Essex Opens at the Market Line.
Veselka launches its “Eat Borscht Stand with Ukraine” campaign and raises
Veselka is nominated for a “James Beard Award” for Best Restaurant.
Veselka’s new location at Grand Central Terminal is set to Open.
pierogi a day
Latkes a week
gallons of Borscht A year
2023 JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE
Veselka was nominated for Best Restaurant
CERTIFIED 2 STAR GREEN RESTAURANT
Veselka has been since 2009
TOP 10% OF TRIPADVISOR RESTAURANTS
Veselka has been since 2015
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Trust the Man (2006)
Love Life (2020)
Sea Changes (2020)
Blue Blood (2019)
Gossip girl (2009)
Judge for the Beat Bobby Flay Show
Guest on the Rachel Ray Show
The Winner of GMA’s 2018 Latke Festival
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