Veselka Bowery (CLOSED)

Veselka’s newest location off Bowery offers a huge space with fantastic lighting due to huge windows wrapping around the restaurant’s circumference. This overlooked street has taken off this year with the opening of the new Italian spot L’ Apicio from the L’Artusi guys (Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale) which also just opened up shop next door. Veselka’s enormous space is perfect for a last minute brunch destination for big groups or families when the last thing you want to do is wait outside for an hour. The approachable bar makes it a great spot to watch football and it reminds me of a bar that would be in a college town. However, it was almost empty for brunch on a Saturday morning around 1 p.m. which makes me nervous since there are so many seats to fill.The service happened to be a little slow which was awkward since no one was even there, and the staff seems to be pretty content strolling along. The Ukrainian cuisine is more apparent at dinner time but you can still order Pierogi’s and even breakfast style such as: Bacon Egg & Potato and Lox and Cream Cheese. There are traditional brunch options as well including: Eggs Benedict, Housemade Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, Buttermilk Pancakes and Challah French Toast. The Soft Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Fish and Caramelized Onions is simple and hearty, and they are very generous with the fish portion. If you are a beet fan, then the Beet Burger is for you. It’s soft and rich, so beware if you have anything against beets. Overall, Veselka’s brunch is nothing to yell or instagram about, but the venue’s space is ideal when you need a place to house all of your friends at once. The prime outdoor seating makes it worth it, and it’s definitely a peaceful spot that makes you feel like you aren’t in the crowded city anymore.

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