after aimless walking and trying to figure out how to satisfy a craving for crunchy, homey, filling food, ukrainian national home appeared (well actually we were headed to veselka for their borscht and their burger) but . . . . why not try something new? down the sterile white hallway we went into a very cute, cozy elegant room where there were a buncha people eating already! so that was good (they could've even been ukrainian!)
we had a small meal between the two of us:
+ bowl of borscht
+ pork chop breaded and fried, served with salad, kasha, red cabbage
+ sauerkraut and mushroom pierogi
on the table was good challah and brown bread. the meal was perfect! the borscht was served kinda hot, very chunk and filled with all manner of vegetables; nice deep flavor. the pork chop was perfect; lotta garlic in the marinade, nice crunchy bits, not too many suspect fatty chunks (kinda missed those) maybe a tad dry but, excellent. salad was simple green salad, kasha was great and red cabbage (cold) was also really nice, a little acidic, cooked with red onion, great foil to the pork chop. pierogi were dense and satisfying (we ordered boiled); came with the sour cream, onions, etc. and between the various plates, dishes and piles of food, we made a pretty good dent (taking home about half).
the place was filled with various people chowing down; the prices were excellent! I'd strongly suggest for a casual group meal where everyone will leave full and satisfied, for little money. waitstaff were nice if not a little bit . . . . quiet? good times tho. I used to go to stage restaurant all the time, I may just have to start coming here instead.
Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003