It's been a long time in the making, but Veselka Bowery will open its doors tonight at 5 p.m. Gothamist has a nice preview of the clean, cavernous, 130-seat space, with rustic chandeliers, huge windows, and a long communal table in the center. On the menu are some old favorites (hello, borscht and potato pancakes), as well as new dishes like more refined main courses, including pan-roasted fish and a smoked pork hock. Also new: a liquor license; the restaurant stocks 75 Eastern European and domestic vodkas, Eastern European beers, cocktails, and vodka flights. This location will eventually be open 24 hours and serve brunch, like Veselka on Second Avenue, but for starters it's serving dinner nightly till midnight.
Veselka Bowery, 9 E. 1st St., nr. Bowery; 212-387-7000