Streecha, Hidden Ukrainian Kitchen in the East Village

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Clarissa Wei

Streecha is a hole-in-the-wall Ukrainian kitchen on 7th Street in between Second and Third Avenue. The kitchen is owned and operated by the Ukrainian church across the street. Think varenykys and stuffed cabbages with a cup of borscht. It's a cheap alternative to the neighboring Veselka. You can order the entire menu for under $20. The only caveat is that it's only open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fork in the Road headed there this weekend, and with the exception of the cake, we ordered everything off the menu. Photos after the jump.

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Clarissa Wei

Now the restaurant probably has one of the most inconspicuous exteriors in New York City. To tell the truth, the whole setup looks sketchy. The restaurant is located on the basement level, and the only thing that distinguishes it from nearby buildings is a laminated paper sign with the name "Streecha" and its hours. Be warned that sometimes it will close without notice.
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Clarissa Wei

But what it lacks in warmth on the outside, it makes up for it inside. Seats are cafeteria-style, and the restaurant is manned by a close-knit community of Ukrainian septuagenarian parishioners. The food is made by a small volunteer group of elderly women. According to a Times feature on the women, proceeds go to finance the operations of the church and its private school.

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Clarissa Wei

The menu has standard Eastern European offerings. Although the borscht, a beet-based soup, wasn't impressive (tasted a little watered down), the varenykys were the main standout. They're buttered with onion sauce and filled with potatoes. Covered with a thick gravy, the stuffed cabbages have a rice-and-meat filling that will be sure to fill you up if the varenkyks haven't already. We ordered the sauerkraut with sausage for the sake of research, because at this point, we were too stuffed to consume any more food.
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Clarissa Wei
Stuffed cabbage and varenykys

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Cup of borscht

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Clarissa Wei
Sauerkraut with sausage

For a cheap weekend brunch, Streecha is definitely a great option that won't burn a hole in your wallet. And with its blue-and-white-tiled walls decorated with religious photographs and outdated Christmas lights, a visit to this Ukrainian kitchen is an experience in and of itself.

Address: 33 East 7th Street (near Second Avenue), New York, NY 10003

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Streecha

33 E. 7th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Veselka

144 2nd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Sakara
Sakara

halupkis...!!!  yum.

Tovarich
Tovarich

Are you kidding me if this is the basement place across the street from the church then it's the same place the Jewish Russian/Ukranian mob was using to sell Xcstasy and MetAmp. There was a major bust in Battery Park and Brighton Beach. These old ladies are window dressing for the Jewish mob. They got X connections in Israel and Met connections in Russia. Don't let these old ladies fool you.

Talia
Talia

This is in Manhattan in the East Village and associated with St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church. I can assure you they have no ties to Russians, Jews or the mob. Just plain, good, cheap food here.

Nomadseawolf
Nomadseawolf

I stopped here on a whim and was charmed by the staff and the food. Immaculately clean and friendly.

Rob Kudyba
Rob Kudyba

Can't wait to compare it to my mom's!!!

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