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Recomendations at Virgil's BBQ

In addition to any general suggestions I would like any opinions, pro and con on the following- ribs, chicken, pork, lamb, brisket, ham, Texas link, trash ribs.

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  1. apparently the catfish sandwich is spectacular. ask blumie

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    1. re: El Tigre

      melbedewy, lest you don't know, that was a joke. Blumie hated it.

      1. re: El Tigre

        Very funny! My recommendation: go elsewhere! RUB is a good choice.

      2. I love the BBQ shrimp appetizer.

        1. My main rec would be to go to Daisy May's, which isn't that far away. Virgils is fine, but Daisy May's is awesome.

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          1. re: MRich

            what is, in your words, awesome at daisy may's? i experienced a stadium-food quality pork sandwich and decent, albeit quite dry ribs and completely unmemorable sides when i went about a month ago.

            we actually returned the brisket we ordered because it came in a plastic pint container swimming in sauce (we actually thought they had accidentally included a side of chili or something in our order and, when we expressed our dissatisfaction they offered the refund and said they couldnt make us an order of brisket not doused in sauce).

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              I have not been to Daisy May's in over a year, but I used to order delivery from there regularly when I worked in their delivery area. I went to the restaurant a few times and once went for the after hours half-suckling-pig.

              I found everything I ate from there to be excellent, and I tried most of the menu. I liked the pork ribs more than the beef rib. I remember liking the pulled pork a lot too. The baked beans were amazing and I remember loving the mac & cheese too.

          2. You'll find no love for Virgil's on these boards, bed-hed; just look at the related discussions section.

            1. Avoid the hush puppies like the plague

              1. The BBQ Wings. That's it. Everything else is decidedly sub-par.

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                1. re: comiendosiempre

                  Well I'm stuck going there as we have a short layover at Port Authority and the kids want barbecue and Toys R Us.
                  We've been to Dallas BBQ and I think you can understand why we want something different...so Virgil's it is. I have seen the lamb recommended in other online reviews.

                  1. re: melbedewy

                    Daisy May's is also in that part of town.

                    I would take Virgil's over Dallas of course. Virgil's isn't bad, but not great either.

                    1. re: MRich

                      I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable walking with kids from port authority to daisy mays if it was night time. You might want to manage the food choice a little, there are a lot better choices in the time square than bbq. How about thai food?

                2. Trainwreck fries -- fries topped with cheese, jalapenos, bacon and ranch. Probably the best thing on their menu.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    " ... fries topped with cheese, jalapenos, bacon and ranch ..."

                    'poutine' with a nafta twist, in other words.

                  2. Look at Delta Grill. It's on 9th Ave and 48th, six blocks from PA. They have an excellent pulled pork sandwich and B+ ribs.

                    Delta Grill
                    700 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    1. I find myself at Virgil's fairly regularly as it's a convenient place to meet up near Times Square, Rockafeller Center, and has something to please just about everyone. While there's much better BBQ all over the city, Virgil's at times is just the right place, because of its location and decent value. When I go, my usual choices include the Owensboro lamb sandwich, smoked wings (with that good blue cheese dressing), an addictive plate of hush puppies (good sweet savory combo with that maple butter), and surprisingly, the BBQ salad (a good use of mediocre BBQ smothered in blue cheese or ranch dressing over a salad). I also remember the burgers and fries being pretty decent. Oh yeah, the trainwreck fries are sinfully good.

                      1. I just was recommended a place called Les Halles on Park Ave. for its steak frites. I looked at the menu and it seems fine.
                        We will be very casually dressed about noon on a Monday. Does anyone know if this is a problem and also are the desserts available at that time-cause my kids expect dessert at a NYC lunch.
                        Is this a better choice?
                        For me, I see something intriguing called Planche De Grillades which is lamb chop, hanger steak, merguez, , bacon, steak, provencal dressing?
                        Reservations needed?

                        Les Halles
                        411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

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                        1. re: melbedewy

                          Out of the frying pan and into the fire. You will find no love for Les Halles on these boards. What time will you be there. Could be unbelievably crowded.

                          Les Halles
                          15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

                        2. Definately the bbq shrimp - they do them new orleans style and do a decnt job too. Unlike some on the board here, I don't hate their ribs either. The dirty rice with pecans is a good side dish.

                          1. Go to Dinosaur BBQ before any of the others for the best barbecue in NYC

                            Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                            777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

                            1. Does Virgil's still have lamb?

                              I don't see it on their menus.