Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A visit to the Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen on 7th Street
This past Friday morning, EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen, the basement cafe that helps generate income for the St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church up the block on Seventh Street.
On this day, as with previous Fridays spanning nearly four decades, volunteers — parishioners from St. George's — gathered in the subterranean space at 33 E. Seventh St. between Second Avenue and Cooper Square to help prep the cafe's specialities, such as vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings).
[Volunteer Daria Rekucha]
[Rekucha and Anastazia Baran]
Dima Kovalenko, here in the orange shirt, is the chef and oversees the kitchen...
[Volunteer Anna Sinchuk]
[Volunteer Tetiona Grygorash]
Streecha, which is an old Ukrainian word for meeting, is a perfect place for doing so. The decor is, well — church basement, but the food is hearty and inexpensive...
Streecha reopened last Wednesday after the usual summer hiatus. The cafe is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 9 a.m. start time on Saturday and Sunday. Visit Streecha's Instagram account for daily specials.