Hello there! My sister and I had dinner at Veselka tonight. Veselka (Ukrainian for ‘rainbow’) is a Ukrainian café in the East Village. I was drawn to it because of the name, here’s the story – Lily and I often use the term ‘Durdom Veselka’ (rus.-Veselka Mental Asylum) to describe an out of control situation humorously. Why we use this term? I do not know. It runs in the family for some reason. Anyway, this 55-year-old café’s menu features breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and of course, Ukrainian classics – blintzes and pierogies! Blintzes are . . .
This Wednesday I had dinner at Petite Abeille on West 17th St. My memory fails me now but I’m pretty sure I first heard about this place on the Travel Channel and have been wanting to try it ever since. Petite Abeille – “little bee” – is a Belgian café, which has been open for over a decade. It is famous for its waffles, French fries and mussels. It’s a pretty small space, with indoor and outdoor seating and a very warm and relaxed atmosphere. Their dinner menu is diverse; it features salads, poultry, steak and seafood. Wednesday night is Mussel Night at Petite . . .