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Dec 19, 2010 12:49 AM

Virgil's -- worst restaurant in NYC?

I ate at Virgil's for the first time on Friday. I got an email from a friend suggesting we meet there for lunch, and since the principal objective was to catch up with a former colleague rather than necessarily have a chowish meal, I didn't object. My catfish po'boy was inedible; I couldn't even choak it down. I hate to rush to a conclusion like "worst restaurant in NYC" based on a single experience (especially when NYC has so many contenders for that title), but this meal was so bad I can't imagine giving it a second chance.

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  1. there's worse. i'm not a virgil's defender. i'm not sure anyone is, but i could probably eat there if i had to. i bet the pulled pork is at least edible.

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    1. re: coasts

      I think there's worse too. I like the trainwreck fries and the chicken wings. The ribs and the lamb aren't the best but definitely edible.

    2. Why not get the ribs? Its BBQ not Cajun.

      1. I once had a grilled cheese there. It was fine. Actually, the cole slaw was kind of good. I also liked the vodka lemonade. I don't think it pretends to be anything particularly special; it's not great, but certainly there war worse places.

        1. catfish po boy was definitely an ill advised choice

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          1. I have always found their barbeque to be decent (although there is better BBQ to be had in NYC, there is also far worse). I would not and have not ventured from their BBQ fare.

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            1. re: boccalupo

              I agree. I think that, based on one dish-- the ordering of which is akin to ordering chicken salad at Katz'-- you probably should not make blanket statements about it being "the worst restaurant" in the city.

              1. re: erica

                The "worst" statement was meant to be a little facetious. But I'd bet if you went to Katz's and ordered the chicken salad, it'd be a lot better than the crap they served me at Virgil's.

                (BTW, 25 years ago, when i didn't know to go to Katz's instead of the Carnegie, I sat next to a couple of tourists at the Carnegie who had ordered chicken salad and a burger and listened to them comment to each other that they didn't know what the fuss was all about.)