Veselka Is A Magical 24-Hour Polish Diner in the East Village Where People Fall In Love
No matter what the hour or the season, Veselka serves up your—real or imagined—Eastern European grandmother’s heartiest greasy spoon staples and Ukrainian specialties. This 24-hour diner has been around for over 60 years, and as result, they’ve had ample time to perfect their pierogies, borscht, and potato pancakes, which are all items you should order here. P.s., don’t skimp on the sautéed onions or sour cream that come with your pierogies—they make a good thing even better, and you’ll love the extra flavor.
After, check out Lucy’s, which has everything you’d want or need from a dive bar: pool, cheap booze, a functional jukebox, and a 70-something-year-old Polish bartendress who slings drinks all shift long before closing down the bar at 4 a.m. Whether you stop in for Żywiec beer or Żubrówka vodka, do stop in to pay homage to Lucy at this enduring East Village dive. Take note—they're cash only.
144 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
135 Avenue A, Manhattan