5. Streecha


Streecha is one of the newer Ukrainian places to eat in New York, located on East 7th Street. The restaurant is just a small room with white tablecloths covered with images of pumpkins and leaves, walls covered with religious images and art, and some traditional Ukrainian cloth. A sign by the entrance reads “Stop Putin. Stop War. Help Ukraine.”

The menu is smaller but less expensive than Veselka’s, with classics such as borscht, varenyky, stuffed cabbage, sausage with cabbage, and a selection of baked goods. The basement-level restaurant serves up hundreds of varenyky a day, topped with caramelized onions and filled with potato. The restaurant lets volunteers help make the varenyky on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The restaurant has also been posting on its TikTok page in support of the Ukrainian Army.