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Nickel's Pit BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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205-207 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
+1 607-210-4227
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Mont Clare, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My husband and I stopped here for dinner our first night in town and were very happy we did. This place knows how to do barbecue. Our dinner was not only flavorful but abundant. So much so that we took a container of leftovers back to our hotel room and had them the next day for lunch! The loaded tater... More 

Thank BKauff81
Berkshire, NY
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My wife and i stopped for dinner after pleasant 50-minute lake cruise. After a 10-minute wait for a table, our engaging waitress had our drinks to us in no time and the meal was delivered within 10 minutes as well. I have a 1/4# ribs and bbq chicken (I requested the leg and thigh portion) with mac salad, which was... More 

Thank Brian1776
Rome, New York
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Our party of 8 stopped in on a Saturday for lunch while we were hitting up a few wineries. The place is amazing!!! Atmosphere, service and food were top notch. We ended up going with several small plates/appetizers as everything looked so good. We wanted to sample it all.....LOL. The chicken ranch tater tots are outstanding and the smoked wings... More 

Thank Brandon L
Bloomington, Indiana
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Pulled Pork and Tater Tots with the house sauce...was outstanding. Server was fun and atmosphere was good. If you are in the area (we visited the state park), some barbecue should be on your agenda!!!

Thank Musicfan1960
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

had the Beef on Weck sandwich, not bad at all. Everything was good, from the side dish of kielbasa to the cole slaw. Service was great and attentive.

Thank eric622
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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304 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

we stopped for lunch on Saturday and everything from start to finish was great. The warm greeting, prompt & friendly service, cold drinks and very good food were all worth a return visit. I would recommend the layer dip, and the brisket sandwich. A few tweeks to the order may make the meal over the top: chopped jalapenos spread throughout... More 

Thank merlinsurrietrekker
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

On a whim we decided to stop. Best decision of the whole weekend. The food was amazing!!!! I would recommend this place to anyone. The staff was great, environment was great, food was exceptional!!!

Thank Amy J
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Can't beat the wings....they say on there menu that they are a specialty and they are right. Also had the nachos which were good....but the cheese though melty could have been a bit warmer...Beer was great!

Thank Jessica H
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Always enjoy mixing up our dining options while on vacation and if you like BBQ Nickel's is the only place in Watkins Glen and it was good. Wine and craft beer. I got the ribs, I prefer baby back but the St Louis were cooked just right. Lots of food, reasonable prices. My husband got the chicken wings (and ate... More 

Thank shekamm
Salt Point, New York
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Beer & B-B-Q, who can ask for anything more. Reasonable prices & a lot of food. They have mostly craft beers & the BBQ was delicious. My husband had the "mess plate". He could not finish it. Would go back if we are in the area again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$44
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205-207 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: +1 607-210-4227
Nickel's Pit BBQ will be closing for the season on Saturday, November 5, 2016! Visit our website and social media to learn more about our off-season BBQ weekends starting in late November/early December. We partner with a small, local farm and our menu is updated to reflect availability. Our ribs, chicken, brisket and other meats are so popular that they may sell out during business hours, or not be featured. All of our meats are smoked fresh and smoking is very long, intricate process that cannot be rushed. Give us a call to see what we are offering! We do classic BBQ with an Upstate NY spin and want to give you the best dining experience. We appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and appetites!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?