Dining in Manhattan at Virgil’s BBQ and Houndstooth Pub

Over the last few days, I’ve been able to eat at a couple of Manhattan restaurants in Midtown. Like when I got served my food, let’s dive right into it!

Houndstooth Pub

Houndstooth PubAfter a job interview on Thursday, I decided to go to the Houndstooth Pub for lunch. I decided to get the Prix Fixe Lunch, consisting of the soup of the day or a house salad and a sandwich with a meat from the carving board and cheese of my choosing.

I opted to get the soup since I was really curious about the potato leek that they had on the menu. It was creamy, delicious and just the thing to match the sandwich that I got.

I chose to get corned beef and cheddar cheese on wheat since I haven’t had corned beef in a while and the menu stated that all of the meat was made by the restaurant. I enjoyed the sandwich as well. I just wish there was more.

Dining in Manhattan

Virgil’s BBQ

Virgil's BBQI ate at Virgil’s BBQ during a bachelor party on Saturday. Even though it was Saturday night, we had no trouble getting a table since we had made a reservation. If we didn’t, I’m sure it would have been a decent wait.

We got the BBQ nachos as an appetizer and they were pretty good. A fork was necessary by the end though.

For dinner, I got the “Pick Three” BBQ Combo with pulled chicken, pulled pork and trash ribs. I enjoyed the pulled meats, but felt the trash ribs were dry and overcooked. One of my friends who also got ribs had the same commentary, so I’d avoid the ribs when going there.

The side dishes I got were mashed potatoes and gravy, cheddar cheese grits and a biscuit (which I opted for since the cornbread had scallions in it, so be aware of that). The grits were pretty much heavenly, the biscuit was also good though the butter was sweeter than I expected and the mashed potatoes were what you’d expect.

I wanted to note that both of these meals were very reasonably priced for being in Manhattan and were worth the money.

What were your experiences dining at these establishments in Manhattan? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ChrisKeuling!

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