If you’re a Ukrainian food lover like me, this is the place to go, especially considering the low prices. B and I originally fell in love with Pierogi’s while visiting the Dekalb Market Hall in Brooklyn. There’s something meditative about watching while they meticulously fold each doughy pocket. You just can’t wait to enjoy each bite. To give a thorough review, we ordered a handful of authentic Ukrainian dishes. Everything from potato pancakes (Latkes in Yiddish) to Blintz’s to Pierogis and pork sausage’s filled our table.
I’m pretty particular about my potato pancakes, sometimes they can be a bit soggy, but these were perfectly crisp. I don’t think there was one dish on our table we didn’t genuinely enjoy. Although B wasn’t in love with the Blintz, I enjoyed every bite.
Veselka is the epitome of the perfect New York City restaurant, friendly staff, fantastic international food. They’ve also filmed countless movies and T.V. shows here including Oceans 8, Trainwreck, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Gossip Girl, just to name a few. Thank god by the time I actually made it downtown to this East Village staple, it was completely worth the hype.
Potato pancakes are just what they sound like, grated potatoes mashed into a flat round pancake often served with sour cream or apple sauce.
“Pierogi’s are filled dumplings made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. They are usually then pan-fried before serving.” – Wikipedia
Our waitress asked if we wanted them boiled or pan-fried and then immediately informed us that boiled was more authentic so we trusted her expertise on the matter.
“A blintz is a popular traditional Jewish cigar-shaped filled pancake of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, similar to a crepe or the Russian blin. Blintzes are commonly filled with farmer’s cheese or fruit. They are traditionally served for Shavuot and, less commonly, for Chanukah and other Jewish holidays.” – Wikipedia
To explore Veselka’s menu of glorious Ukrainian food and more head over to Veselka.com
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