Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.4
6794 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
We are open for Indoor & Outdoor Dining, Pick-up & Delivery. As of 12/14/21, NYC requires all guests 5yrs+ to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is not required for outdoor dining. In order to dine indoors, each guest must provide CDC card or photo, excelsior pass, NYC Covid Safe App and photo ID.

Virgil’s Real BBQ has been acclaimed as one of America’s top 10 BBQ restaurants by leading food critics. Established 1994 in the heart of NYC’s Times Square, Virgil’s Real BBQ has become the popular destination for millions of tourist & locals.

Virgil’s Real BBQ was developed after extensive research, including a nationwide road trip in search of the best that BBQ has to offer.
Our meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to ten hours with a unique mix of hickory & fruit woods in order to impart the most flavor. To complement the main menu of BBQ specialties, we offer a generous selection of traditional sides & Southern-style desserts.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends & family at Virgil’s Real BBQ and enjoy our traditional holiday specials in addition to our full menu, available for dine-in or to-go. Book now or learn more about catering & private party options for groups of 15 or more.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Celebrate Christmas Eve with friends & family at Virgil’s Real BBQ and enjoy our traditional holiday specials in addition to our full menu, available for dine-in or to-go. Book now or learn more about catering & private party options for groups of 15 or more.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2021

Celebrate Christmas Day with friends & family at Virgil’s Real BBQ and enjoy our traditional holiday specials in addition to our full menu, available for dine-in or to-go. Book now or learn more about catering & private party options for groups of 15 or more.

What 6794 people are saying
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Maryamf
Orange County
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and the food is great. Everyone was super nice. We will go back again.

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CandaceB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation. Was told to try it out. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.
Recommend the nachos and raspberry lemonade.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was not high quality. Value for money was bot there. Need to upgrade meat quality.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, friendly staff, excellent food, nice ambiance,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place if you're into BBQ. Had the Brisket Melt which was fabulous and delicious

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AndreP
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Server didn’t know how to use my visa gift csrd

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NewYorkLover
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s not much more I can say other than this place is amazing!

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Matt
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food & great atmosphere. Will definitely go back next time I visit New York

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YadimarM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Todo estaba bueno, pero la comida estaba bien fria

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LeanneS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very busy and we waited a while for the food, but it was amazing and the waitress was lovely and went out of her way to help, well worth going.

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ZacharyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, a bit touristy given the location off Time Square, but a great meal.

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BradleyC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal American bbq food.
Highly recommend for anyone coming to New York.

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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KayleneO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Great food and service. Fast service would recommend to anyone. Completely affordable.

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Nyeddie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration, crowded time at the restaurant. The volume of the music could have been lowered.

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KatherineN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I appreciated the hostess making the effort to seat us upstairs as we requested. I also appreciated the care taken with COVID protocols. It was my first time being back since the pandemic. Was happy to to see the place busy. I'm a regular and will be back. The only reason I didn't rate the experience as outstanding this time is that the server wasn't that great. She wasn't very attentive or friendly, and we had a hard time getting her attention when we wanted to leave in time for our show. Even after bringing the check, it still took longer than usual to process payment. We ended up handing her the check receipt along with a tip she didn't deserve on our way out since she didn't return to the table. She barely acknowledged us when we did. That's not the kind of service I'm accustomed to at Virgil's in the more than 20 years I've been coming there. I'm sure it was an anomaly. At least the hostess and young man who seated us were very nice and welcoming.

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BryanC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time there, what a great experience and amazing food!

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greersojo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was bland and dry. I have been to Virgil’s many times years ago and always enjoyed.

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MarianneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, Covid restrictions in place for safety was a plus. Wish they would bring back the BBQ shrimp as that was a disappointment for me, but the blackened salmon was phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

About what you'd expect for BBQ in the middle of NYC. The vibe is authentic but the BBQ far from it. Dry and overpriced.

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JeffreyC
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been going there for years when we see a show, was great to get back there after almost 2 years.

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AnnC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Virgil’s was very good. The specialty fry appetizer was delicious as was the rib entree. The server Jean was very friendly and helpful with menu questions. I recommend Virgil’s highly.

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CatD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, great location and atmosphere

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VinC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. .. never disappoints. thank you.

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BruceD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, the experience was very nice. Pleasant staff, cold beer and good atmosphere. The bbq/ food was just ok. We had dry rub ribs and there’s two types of bbq sauce which overall was again just ok. Having had bbq in Nashville, Memphis, Kansas City and even Raleigh, it’s probably not fair to compare.

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LilybettM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality was very good and flavorful, the service amazing ! I was very impressed ! Thank you

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JessicaI
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The server we had was amazing! And they were very accommodating, we needed the location of our table changed and they were able to make it happen in a timely manner.

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LatersBaby
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!! An spectacular mashpotatoes!!! Corn Bread, meat...ríos.. everything!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food1service2ambience5

Brisket was extremely dry & overcooked. We brought it to our waitress's attention (Jean/Red Hair), who never came back or acknowledged our disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my friend Sean to virgils to celebrate his bachelor party. The food was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Same as it always was! We've been going to Virgil's for years but hadn't been there in a little over two years due to the pandemic (they were closed most of the time). All the food is delicious, same as always. Prices are now higher, but everything has gone up everywhere. Glad we had a nice meal there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I took the bbribs, so dryyyyy, really Shiti food

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NicB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the ambience. Found the food to be average.

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OpenTable Diner
Costa Rica
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Muy bonito todo , muy buena comida !!

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PaulF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, I totally recommend it

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great place, right across from our hotel in Times Square.
One of our very favorites when we are in the big apple.

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Gingermacgyver
East Texas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It was Thanksgiving and we did the experience for our family of five. The food could have be great as well as the ambiance but we were seated upstairs and the heat was stifling. I could not enjoy my meal which was over $300. So disappointed. I did ask to have the air turned down or the fan above us at least turned up but it was so crowded for the holiday and we we all dressed for walking in the cold to get there it did not seem to matter. What really got me is when we walked downstairs it was nice and cool. So if you are there during the winter and it is crowded I would suggest you ask to be seated downstairs.

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vipGudfid
Hawaii
45 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Excellent BBQ meal environment too loud and tables too crowded together, we had to move our table to allow waitress through to other tables. Reservation request was not honored nor did it seem to matter (diners packed in too tight)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me enCanto el servicio todo muy rápido y la comida riquísima

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FAQs

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 921-9494.

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City is rated 4.4 stars by 6794 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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