Virginia's

4.4
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Virginia's is a modern American restaurant in the East Village featuring seasonal and local ingredients.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday 6pm - 10:30pm
Friday-Saturday 6pm - 11pm
Saturday Brunch 12pm - 3pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(212) 658-0182
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Conroy
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Catering
Let Virginia's cater your next event. For more info please email events@virginiasnyc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Avenue C
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Public transit
1ST Avenue - L Train
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Special events & promotions
Virginia's is available for both small and large parties. We can accommodate parties of 38 seated (plus an additional 10 seats at the bar), or up to 50 standing. Please email us for more information
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

Virginia's is an unexpectedly upscale restaurant on Avenue C with a killer wine list and a killer burger.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 123 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.4based on all time ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

Why this restaurant would need or want a promotion; not very friendly and at first tried to tell us why they weren't going to honor our Pulsd promotion
Then told us RED wine wasn't part of the promotion
Then serviced us three course dinner in 30 rapid minutes, express service
Then put down some brown colored thing alleged to be dessert, and we were told this is the “only dessert available on promotion”
Promotion, Actually states order from full menu
When I told them I could not eat chocolate, I was told "I'm out of luck"
No one should ever be treated this way, specifically in a hospitality service industry.
Background Music far to loud and unnecessary
Food was OK, nothing special and steak was on cold side
Portion on small size specially duck
Staff not very friendly
There are thousands of better restaurants, with better service, better food and wanting your business
This is not one of them
Best to miss this place and go somewhere else

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If Virginia's were in a different location, everyone would be talking about the delicious and original food they serve. It's a gem of a place for casual dining where every dish is original and where the staff is warm and friendly. Dinner and their Saturday brunch, both noteworthy.

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s
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to Virginia's. The first was just a burger at the bar, probably one of the best I've ever had. Our second trip we had a full dinner and it was fantastic. I had the green circle chicken and my husband had the wagyu beef. Both outstanding. Delicate seasonings, quality sides. Today we had Saturday brunch; I recommend the corned beef hash with poached eggs. Yum. The restaurant is small and charming, the staff is delightful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 3 burger in NYC

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Very good food served by the most pretentious unhelpful staff in all of NY. Virginias acts like it's a 5-star establishment, but at a 5-star establishment, the staff-and owner-would go out of their way to deliver exceptional service, fill requests and make their guests feel special. Instead, your $250 meal comes with beer in a can. And the staff is not looking to help--they're looking for compliments. When they get the slightest critique, they're defensive--instead of helpful. It's pretentious hipsterism at its worst, and on a seedy block off Avenue C.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had out of town guests who came in just to try Virginia's off-menu burger only available to those seated at the bar. They do not take reservations for the bar, so we were going to leave as they were full up. The maître d' allowed us an exception. Our dinner was saved, and we enjoyed one of the very best burgers in NYC. Thank you.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time here. First time for brunch. Food was great as usual. Great service. Went at 2pm for a late brunch, so it wasn't crowded at all. Waitress recognized us from when we were here 7 months ago, which I thought was a bit odd.
I would talk more about the food, but it would just be a tease because the chef changes up the menu every once in a while. Just a warning that the menu on the website might not be up to date. Regardless, of the 3 times I was here, I have not been disappointed with the food. The chef sometimes puts together ingredients that don't sound like they don't go together, but they work.
This place is now my go to place for special occasions.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Can't wait to go back. The burger is a must!!

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JJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Way too loud. Had to shout to be heard by my companion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant with thoughtful and creative food that is balanced in flavor and weight (not heavy). On this evening i opted to order vegetarian. Got the cavatelli, market green salad to start and the hake and squash as mains. Everything is simple, delicate, yet maximized in flavor. Can't wait to go back to see what Matt does with meat!

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. First time visit. We opted for the Restaurant Week menu. Diverse choices and well- prepared. All nicely done. Wait staff was helpful in food and wine choices and quite accommodating when we added another person at the last moment. A bit out of the way but worth the effort.

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SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ordered restaurant week dinner of cold soup, fish, cobbler. Excellent. Bar tender made a special cocktail for my friend and she loved it. Waiter brought us wine to taste. Only things that slightly detracted were noisy people at next table, we were left alone too long at one point, and my friend's dessert was cleared before she finished. They brought another one immediately. Overall a lovely dinner in a nice setting with good service. Will return.

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BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamburger was perfection and the service was outstanding! Warmly greeted & seated right away. Food is always outstanding and the bartender took extremely good care of us and all;) We highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we LOVED our dinner there. Food was inventive, fresh, and delicious. Service was great.

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SC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good chef, innovative, small menu and a terrific wine list. Go!

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JL
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Great location in the East Village for this quaint offering. Food, service, atmosphere are top notch. Awesome find!

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DA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin-star quality. Always a treat!

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought it was a bit ridiculous that they wouldn't allow me to order the burger unless I was seated at the bar, particularly on a Wednesday evening when they were not very busy, and my friend and I were ordering wine and appetizers, so clearly we were running a pretty high bill (and the burger itself is not inexpensive).

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic experience. Staff were super accommodating and friendly. We were craving the burger, which is only available at the bar, so they seated us at table and promptly moved us to the bar when two spots became available. The burger? Spectacular. One of the city's absolute best. Bravo, Virginia's. I'll be back, for sure.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Joseph:
Overall 7.8
Strengths: Chicken entree
Weaknesses: Soap-like drink

Andria
Overall hard 5
Strengths: cake
Weaknesses: items not cake

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M
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Blown away with the food.

Tagliatelle with sea urchin was spicy and well seasoned. Paired with a sparkling wine from Burgundy.

Chickpea panisse was one of the best vegetarian meals I've had in a year. Paired with a Californian Pinot Noir which was recommended by our server. Really great pairing.

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and delicious menu. Enough meat and fish choices to please all in our party. Burrata appetizer was fantastic. Excellent wine list.

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A
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best duck I have EVER had

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beet crisp. Yum! Good range of vegetarian options that are a cut above the usual in imagination and delivery.

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambience. I am definitely going back!

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JA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, cocktails, music, service, experience. Will return frequently.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Really bad food experience, we ordered 5 dishes and 4 of them were terrible, the staff is friendly and professional but the food is probably one of my least favorite in NYC

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The vegetarian option was very dry and the tables were so close together that we had to move the table when my girlfriend wanted to sit down/get up. People sitting next to me were basically on my date

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great trap music playing in the background.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a great find top food and attentive service. The duck was phenomenal, and the portion size was generous. I would also recommend the apple crisp.

My only complaint is there might be 1 table too many- it was a little squished- but the people sitting next to us were cool so we were happy to chat.

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S
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We loved the food and service. We will come back.

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S
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great meal. The pasta, with Jonah crab and Maine sea urchin was fabulous, as was the duck breast. My wife had the octopus appetizer. Exceptionally well presented and tender. Great wine list and service. We will be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! I recommend the burger, it was orgasmic and now in top 5 list (top 5 top 5). Cocktails were uber delicious and paired well with the menu. I would definitely recommend this neighborhood spot to friends/family/out-of-towners!

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r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is nice and quiet, but not sleepy. The food is simple but very delicious. The service great. The drinks are really good.

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal. I am a foodie and found the dishes we ordered to be absolutely delicious and unique combinations of flavors. Awesome. Can't wait to go back.
The serice was very thorough and friendly

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem. The menu was unassuming, but surprisingly creative and delicious. Great service. All around wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great spot for a dinner with friends! Loved the environment and all of the food we had was delicious. The rice pudding with cinnamon and squash special was to die for. also the spaghetti squash is a must!

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RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Virginia's is a great addition to Alphabet City, a neighborhood I have always loved. The off the beaten track location means you can usually score a seat early in the evening although reservations are recommended. The cuisine here is really solid and changes with the seasons. The wine list is also diverse and well selected. I recommend Virginia's if you like "in the know" kind of places that are not too popular for their own good. Plus they now have a full liquor license so they can serve real cocktails.

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GR
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and service but food was only ok and choices were limited.

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