Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Veselka Bowery [CLOSED]

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Veselka Bowery
Once in awhile, my friends and I like to class it up for Tuesday Night. We love pubs and pub food just fine but sometimes we crave a bit more especially when we have a book club meeting. So on this chilly night we went to Veselka Bowery to chow down on some comforting Ukrainian food. The special that night a seafood tower, Zabava. They had the option of small or large ($55/$100). We chose the small because we wanted to order some other things as well. It came with cocktail shrimp, poached mussels, roasted beets, smoked fish, cured fish, crab cakes, salmon croquette, fish salad, etc. It was actually a great deal. It came with a lot of food and fed us happily.  Everything tasted fresh and clean. The smoked and cured fishes were filled with rich flavor.
We also ordered some calamari ($21) to share which came with kalamata olives, cherry peppers, and lobster butter. The squid was lightly fried and wasn't rubbery at all. A good indication that it was cooked properly. The accompanying briny olives and hot peppers added great flavor to the dish. I, however, forgot to taste the lobster butter (silly me) and don't have anything to say about it. However, I would order this dish again.
On this particular night I wasn't feeling so well and felt really cold. So I ordered the borscht soup ($7). It was really good. And a huge serving for the price. The beets were bright red and beautiful while tender beef graced each and every spoonful. This soup was really flavorful. Rich deep vegetable flavor with the heartiness of beef. The scoop of sour cream was not needed. I enjoyed it as is.
And now the rest of the items that were shared.  We chose 2 kinds of pan fried pierogies: potato & cheese, and short rib ($10 each). Both were very good. A lightly fried wrapper encasing a delicious and savory center. The dips were applesauce, and fried onion and sour cream. These were definitely addictive. Next time, I would like to order these for myself.
The side of the latkes ($6) were super crispy yet flavorful at the same time. Delicious shredded potato pan fried until incredible crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside. Again, no need for the dips.
For curious reasons we also had the Ukrainian Pork Meatball ($17) with egg noodles in a mushroom sauce. This thing was huge. Bigger than a softball huge. I loved the presentation. We sliced it up and it was great. A nicely seasoned ball of pork smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce. This was incredible comfort food.
Whenever I see schnitzel, I kind of have to order it. I mean who doesn't like a fried piece of meat? It's especially good when done properly. And this was done properly. Their pork schnitzel ($19) was a double bone-in pork chop breaded and fried until crispy then served with some fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, capers, and burre blanc sauce. It was a tender piece of pork with a crispy coating and a refreshing salad. A really good balanced dish right here. It's too big for one but perfect to share.
And to feel somewhat healthy, we ordered a side of the sauteed greens ($5) which was garlicky and lemony spinach. It really helped cut through the heavy dishes we ordered.
I really enjoyed Veselka Bowery for their food, service, and decor. The food was perfect comfort food. All the entrees were big enough to share including the soup. We really stuffed ourselves this night but we left happy. I'd gladly come back. I definitely want to try the burger.

Veselka Bowery
9 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 387-7000


  1. Their stuffed cabbage is unreal.

  2. OMG! Latkes and perogies. Nice!

    That meatball is enormous.


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