Showing posts with label Veselka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Veselka. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday's parting shot

Photo by Derek Berg 

Outside Veselka late this afternoon ... Honk NYC today assembled a group of musicians for "HONK! for Ukraine — A Public Singalong," which started in Union Square ... before making its way over here to Second Avenue and Ninth Street. The assembled musicians included Phoebe Legere on the accordion (center of photo).

Meanwhile, Veselka continues to serve as a drop-off point for donations for Ukraine relief efforts. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

How Veselka is helping with Ukraine relief efforts

Photo by Steven

Veselka, which has been serving up traditional Ukrainian food since 1954, has long served as a gathering spot for the city's Ukrainian population. 

And since Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, the restaurant on the SE corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street has seen long lines as New Yorkers have come out to show their solidarity.

"Many of our staff members are Ukrainian. Everyone is up all night, talking to family members," Veselka's third-generation owner Jason Birchard told the Daily Mail. "Some are so distraught, they can't even come to work. They are hanging by a thread, feeling so angry, upset and helpless." 

Veselka accepts donations for Ukraine relief efforts, including cotton socks, heavy-duty gloves, batteries, flashlights and personal health items. (Find a list of items here.) You may drop off the items at the Ninth Street entrance. 

In addition, as announced yesterday, all proceeds from Veselka's borscht sales — in-store and take-out — will go to Ukraine relief...
Veselka has teamed with the Razom For Ukraine organization to handle all donations. 

The restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ... with a midnight close on weekends.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Saturday's parting shot

Today outside Veselka on Second Avenue and Ninth Street... photo by Derek Berg...

The #SupportUkraine Humanitarian Effort

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third day, we've heard from readers asking what they can do to help show their support.


Andrij V. Dobriansky, director of communications and media at the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, told us that they are working with UN-registered NGOs.

"We are using these donations to get supplies into Ukraine that can be more easily transported: bandages, diapers, emergency pharmaceutical packs — all items in need for refugees making a long journey," he said.

Meanwhile, yesterday, a group of local elected officials, clergy and community leaders gathered at the Ukrainian National Home on Second Avenue between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street to stand in solidarity with Ukrainian New Yorkers. Outside Veselka on Second Avenue and Ninth Street, co-owner Jason Birchard talked with reporters.

"My grandfather started this. He was an immigrant from Ukraine escaping Russian aggression in the 1940s," Birchard told CBS News. "They're frightened, they're scared, there's a state of shock. People don't know what to do. It's not only a war against Ukraine. It's a war against the free world."
Above photos from yesterday by Stacie Joy
Top photo by Steven

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday's parting shot

New temp signage at Veselka on Ninth Street at Second Avenue ... thanks to Steven for the photo...

Friday, December 11, 2020

Inside the long history of two East Village neighbors — Veselka and Dinosaur Hill

Back on Oct. 8, we had the scoop that Pamela Pier was retiring after 37 years of running the toy store Dinosaur Hill on Ninth Street just east of Second Avenue... and that neighbor Veselka would be taking over the lease for the storefront... all this came courtesy of East Village-based freelance writer Linda Dyett, who contributed the byline to us. 

Linda explored the long history between Dinosaur Hill and Veselka for a detail-rich article that is now online at The New York Times. (Find it here. It will be in Sunday's print edition.) 

Here's more about what to expect once Veselka expands into the former Dinosaur Hill:
[T]here will be more indoor seating, more wall space for the murals by the house artist Arnie Charnick, a larger kitchen and a sushi bar-style showcase for the team of women who make its pierogi by hand. 
Standing in another section of Veselka’s new space will be a gift from its soon-to-be former next-door neighbor: a rocket-ship gumball machine. The area will be called Dinosaur Dining.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday's parting shot


As seen on the sidewalk outside Veselka on Second Avenue at Ninth Street.... "Beet Covid, Wear Your Mask."

Thanks to Lola Sáenz for the photo...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

News of the world



A variation of the wear-a-mask signage written to the tune of Queen's "We Will Rock You" outside Veselka on Second Avenue and Ninth Street...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Veselka announces Friday reopening


[Photo by Steven]

As we first noted on Monday, Veselka had plans to reopen soon at Ninth Street and Second Avenue. Soon now means Friday — signage is up announcing their reopening with takeout and delivery.

The circa-1954 Ukrainian diner will serve a limited number of Veselka "all-time favorites." Might be difficult to narrow that list down.

They'll open at noon on Friday. Moving forward, they'll be open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays, with a 10 a.m. start on weekends.

Veniero's, another longtime neighborhood favorite, also reopens Friday.

Monday, April 27, 2020

A good sign at Veselka, which hopes to reopen for takeout and delivery soon



Several readers noted the new "reopening soon" sign up at Veselka on Ninth Street at Second Avenue.

Here's part of the Ukrainian diner's Instagram post from yesterday:

Stay tuned while we work out logistics because we’re ramping up for a VERY SAFE re-launch of takeout and delivery. We hope to be brewing the borscht by the end of this week...

The classic corner spot closed on March 18.

Thanks to Alexander De Luca for the photo!

Friday, March 20, 2020

These East Village institutions are now currently closed



After a to-go sandwich service on St. Patrick's Day, McSorley's is now closed over at 15 E. Seventh St. for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak ...



Meanwhile, Veselka, 144 Second Ave. at Ninth Street, decided to shut down operations starting yesterday. Here's part of their Instagram post:

Veselka has closed indefinitely. That was not a fun decision to make, but it was an easy one. The safety of our staff and customers comes first.

Rest assured that we’ll be back! We may be suspending operations before some other places, but we’ll start boiling the borscht as soon as the scientists and regulators give us the all-clear.

And B&H, 127 Second Ave., is also closed now. Tuesday was their last day, in which they were giving out some menu items.

Their future seems less clear, and there is now a crowdfunding campaign in place to help them in the interim.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

[Updated] Today at Veselka


Veselka is on the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street.

Updated 3/18: Veselka is now closed until further notice.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday's parting shot



A holiday mural has arrived at Veselka on Ninth Street at Second Avenue... photo this evening by Vinny & O...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday's parting shots



Derek Berg spotted Arnie Charnick touching up his mural — Luncheonette Life, circa 1982 — outside Veselka on Ninth Street and Second Avenue today...



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday's parting pierogi post



Now through St. Patrick's Day at Veselka on Second Avenue and Ninth Street — Corned Beef and Cabbage Pierogi.

Image via @VeselkaNYC

Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy trails to the 'Queen of Borscht'

Malgorzata Sibilski — aka the "Queen of Borscht" — retired from Veselka on Dec. 1 after 30 years at the restaurant on Second Avenue and Ninth Street... Veselka paid tribute to her today on Instagram...


In January, Veselka was honored by the Columbia Aging Center — part of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health — for its efforts to hire and retain workers over the age of 50.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It's 2 a.m., do you know where your potato pancakes are?



The jazz band Onyx Collective have released "2AM at Veselka," a track from their upcoming album Lower East Suite Part Three. (Parts One and Two came out last year.)

Other tracks from the record, out on June 15, include blog-worthy headlines such as "There Goes the Neighborhood," "Battle of the Bowery" and "Delancey Dilemma."

Band leader Isaiah Barr said that the record is — per Fader — inspired by a tumultuous period in the group's life after being forced out of their original practice space due to rising rent.

H/T Ben!

Friday, March 30, 2018

'Freak water problem' KOs Veselka till Monday



Tough break for Veselka this holiday weekend. The restaurant on Second Avenue and Ninth Street will be closed until at least Monday afternoon.

Veselka management shared their status on social media:

Due to a freak water problem, we have to give the experts time to make repairs — and they’re estimating that we’ll be UP AND RUNNING by the AFTERNOON OF MONDAY, APRIL 2nd. (And, no, this isn’t our April Fools prank.)

Updated 10/31

At Veselka today... at least two disappointed diners...





Updated 4/2

Veselka reopened lat this afternoon... and as a commenter noted, this turned out to be a closure via the Health Department following an inspection Friday that yielded 48 violation points.