Veselka, 144 2nd Avenue (between East 9th Street and St. Mark's Place); 212-228-9682
"I live between Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, but I actually don’t like it all that much — it’s usually filled with tourists. I spend most of my time here in the East Village, Lower East Side, or SoHo. They all feel so incredibly lived in. Does that make sense? Also, the food around here — like Veselka — is amazing. I wouldn’t be upset if I wound up in the East Village for good."
Photographed by Sara Haile