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Nickel's Pit BBQ

205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
+1 607-210-4227
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (87 reviews)
“curly fries” (30 reviews)
“wings” (65 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What great food, service, and our meals were timely. Some of the best BBQ we've had in a long time. The pig wings were amazing, just have/try. We bought the bloody Mary mix & there dry rub. Yum...

Thank Jeremy B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My partner and I went for a long moderately strenuous hike. When we were done barley able to speak we began our trip back to the center of town, Watkins Glen. We pulled up to a restaurant where we had eaten the evening before. We...More

Thank cjpl63
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Quick service with friendly staff. LOVED the fried pickles with beer batter breading. Conveniently located near Watkins Glen National Park.

Thank Michele M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I each ordered the pick 2 combo so we could try the variety of meats offered. We had the pork, brisket, kielbasa and turkey. All the meats were very good. In addition we had the chili, baked beans, tater tots and grilled...More

Thank Dave K
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate at the bar and had a mix of the barbecue (wings, kielbasa, pulled pork on nachos, etc.). The barbecue was a nice mix of smoke with still being able to taste and appreciate the taste of the meat (not oversmoked). Their house rub...More

1  Thank luellen
Reviewed 6 days ago

The meal was great. We had chicken and ribs. Both fell off the bone and very tasty and filling. Brought part of the meal home as we were both full. They are always very busy so expect a wait, it's worth it.

Thank Missy918
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend eating here. If you like BBQ you wont be disappointed. The prices are reasonable, drinks are cold, the service is friendly.

Thank swablecarol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some say that brisket is the core measure of a bbq pit’s food quality. Unfortunately the brisket at this place was like well done roast beef as opposed to being like butter. Similarly the ribs are quite tough instead of being inhaleable. The atmosphere was...More

Thank zapoko
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and large portions. We shared the jalapeño appetizer and 3 combo dinner. It was more than enough food for 2 people, and was good, but nothing to write home about.

Thank Doug G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal at Nickel’s!! We had sandwiches and wings and all were delicious. Some outdoor seating as well as plenty of indoor seating. Price is right.

Thank Nancy D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 60
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: +1 607-210-4227
  • E-mail
We partner with a 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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