While in Manhattan earlier this week, we stopped off at L'Express for breakfast but it was closed for some renovations. So where to go instead? As I wanted to visit the East Village later, we decided to drive over there earlier and find a place to eat.
As we walked around, we passed by Veselka, a Ukranian restaurant, and decided to eat there. It is a medium-sized restaurant and was fairly busy. It is a very casual place with some tables outside. It has a long history in the East Village.
The breakfast menu has plenty of traditional choices, from omelettes to pancakes, but also includes items such as blintzes and potato pancakes. We ordered the 2 egg special ($7.45) and the buttermilk waffle ($5.95). The egg special comes with choice of potatoes, kasha or tomato. The potatoes were actually French fries. It also comes with choice of challah or toast, as we had the toast. We also had some kielbasa with it. You also get juice and coffee. The orange juice seemed fresh squeezed and was very good. The egg dish was good and the kielbasa, a half slice, was especially tasty. The waffle was made from scratch, as well as to order, and it was a good Belgian style waffle. I got a side of kielbasa ($3.95), which was the same size as the one that came with the egg special. It was too expensive for its size, though it was very tasty with a nice spice to it.
It is a decent place for breakfast though nothing special. I would rather have tried lunch or dinner there, to get more of their specialities such as pierogi.
144 Second Ave.
New York, NY