Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

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We are a much decorated Home-style BBQ restaurant located in the heart of Times Square, at the crossroads of the world.
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LP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was great. That's why we keep going back when we're in the city. Noise level was quiet because we were there early. Usually it's pretty moderate

OT
Italy
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buon bbq con cibo fresco spettacolari le patate schiacciate!!

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was just okay- nothing special. Had to ask for utensils and waited 20 minutes for drinks- server wasn't the best. Food was alright for the price. normal bbq- nothing spectacular.

DV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious brisket, Memphis dry rub ribs and pecan pie!!!

JW
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was in NYC for the extended veteran's day weekend. I decided to walk to Virgil's from my hotel for breakfast. The chicken and waffles with the country gravy and a side of thick cut bacon and coffee was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend it.

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was exactly what we were hoping for. We were sat upstairs which we loved because we were a big group and didn’t want to feel squashed in. Our server, David was so friendly, he answered all our questions about the menu and was so patient with our kids as they ordered. He made small talk with us and even gave some great information about an upcoming sporting event. We would definitely try it again!

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The overall service was good but the food could have been a little bit better.

JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Virgil's Real BBQ has been our "go to" restaurant when we are in New York to see Broadway performances. Our group wants to return to Virgil's in the near future. Thank you.

RA
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Lousy food and yes it was packed foreigners and Americans have no taste. Service lousy. Don't go before a show.

GB
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fantastic brisket sandwich. Sides ok...need more flavor. Generous portions.

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Before Broadway show

LG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Virgil’s has awesome barbecue and a great variety of meats and sides (but no baby backs, though the regular ribs are excellent).. we definitely overordered (in most restaurants, 4 chicken wings would be a one person snack - not at Virgil’s!) and it was so delicious we ate more than we ought. We liked everything we ordered but felt the ribs were outstanding. And OH YEAH our server Dave was the bomb - so friendly, courteous, helpful, right there when we needed him. Kudos!

S
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you want real get-your-hands-dirty BBQ in NYC this is the place to go. Not for anyone on a diet (although they do have delicious salads) the pulled pork, the ribs, the hush puppies are all terrific. Our waiter was funny on top of it all this last visit, which made it all that much better.

OT
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the rib special and were not disappointed The food was served quickly and was plentiful . Even though the noise was elevated you were able to converse across the table

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a few minutes late but were seated immediately.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in NYC. All homemade and tastes fantastic. Staff are very friendly. Virgil’s BBQ Burger is the best!

PT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Rather rushed between courses

D
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ! Very nice waitress ! Good ambiance ! And near our location in Times Square

GL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the waiter to the meal, everything was great !

I was even able to book a tablez for 9 by the internet and abroad in few clicks

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and waitress was very friendly and attentive

TP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I didn't like my food at all. Very disappointed. I didn't get what I ordered. Greasy. I expected authentic southern BBQ, not even close.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

the brisket was very very fatty and felt we were served a portion of brisket that was 1/3 fat.

the wait staff was basically absent and inattentive.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

You get what you pay for. I wouldn’t return, the food made me feel quite sick. We went straight back to the hotel after.

GP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service we received from what appeared to be the head waiter was appalling. We were rushed and the bill was presented to us even before we had finished our drinks. He was rude to us and stood over us as we were figuring out what to pay. This spoilt the whole experience especially as we were also celebrating our birthdays. We would never come back.

TT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It gets crowded, so make a reservation. But it's worth the wait, the place has a very cool vibe and the food was just DELISH!!!!!

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is very flavorful and prices are great!!!

G
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came after a Broadway show. There were 13 in our party. Most from out of town and had never eaten at Virgil's. Everyone was very pleased with the service, food and overall attentiveness to our requests. I had the blacken salmon, with cole slaw and collar greens, sooo good. Virgil's Real BBQ
will definitely see us again.

ML
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were seated right away. Enjoyed all of the food we were served. Would go back again. A casual atmosphere, just what we were looking for.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here numerous times. The service is outstanding and the food never disappoints. My friends and I truly enjoyed our lunch. We especially enjoyed our mixed drink: Hawaiian BBQ. Will definitely be ordering that next time I’m there!

MC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend as a must place to eat at when in New York. Quick service, good food with large portions. Will visit again

C
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We came here after a 7 hour trip and was met with such a great service.
My child was a bit cranky after such a long flight, but the servers made sure he had much to entertain him with.
Such great service is hard to come by.

AT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. No trouble getting to play on time.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would have given a five star review for the food, but even though we had a reservation through open table, we had to wait almost 30 minutes to be seated and almost missed our show.

TL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been here before. Went specifically for the baby back ribs. They are like no other. Huge, large portion, delicious. Sides are also good. Corn muffin tasteless. Service quick. This is not a place to have a leisurely meal.

TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had a very meh experience at Virgil’s bbq. The menu is expansive, and the restaurant is nice, but those are the only real positives. We wanted nachos, but you can’t get them with just chicken, so we opted for hush puppies. Not the same but tasty. The major fail came with my son’s order. He ordered fried chicken, but he got chicken fried steak. The server actually argued with me when the food came out, saying he ordered the steak. I had to request a menu and point out the chicken! The manager came over to apologize but offered nothing for our trouble except to say it would be a while because the fried chicken takes some time. Overall, the food was average, service was sub-par, and the price was high. We’ll stick to other better tourist traps in Times Square.

T
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Virgils is always my standby for a solid inexpensive meal. It’s just too crowded at peak hours. Still I’d go back....

PG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We were so excited to return to NYC to eat at Virgil’s. We ate here many years ago and it was excellent. We were very disappointed. Our food was cold, even the sides. The chicken was dry and hard to swallow. The ribs were flavorful but tough. Not going back.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very generous portions of multiple BBQ options in a relaxed setting. It does get busy so a booking is recommended.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food very good , bit too noisy for our liking , service ok , could be better

ML
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great service. Finally a NYC restaurant you can hear yourself think!

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