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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AT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We did not enjoy the flavorless greasy meats or the popcorn shrimp appetizer that featured more real popcorn than it did shrimp. Macaroni and cheese seemed to be cooked then reheated several times. Soulless greens. Bad experience because of the food. The place was extremely busy, but the wait staff worked hard to keep up. No one was rude to us. It would've been a better experience had the food lived up to the hype.

BM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great for kid friendly meal or out with the guys in Time Square.

RT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food wasn’t great as usual but the service was the best our waitress never had to be called for anything she couldn’t have been any nicer and got the order correct the first time never even had to write it down there were 7 adults in my party couldn’t thank her enough

CS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Checked this resistant out on a whim and we were pleasantly surprised! Great atmosphere and our waiter, Nathaniel, was top notch! Food was great- definitely recommend the ribs!

MM
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been going to Virgil's for years and this was the first time I was disappointed with my dinner.
I ordered a combination plate with grilled shrimp and pulled pork. My shrimp were cold and the shells were have removed. My pork was also cold and it was very dry. My husband's catfish wasn't as hot as it should have been but my son had the country fried steak and loved it. I am assuming that our dishes were waiting for my son's steak to be prepared. I didn't say anything because t was my son's birthday and I didn't want to make a fuss. I brought my food home. The sides were all hot and excellent

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

No enough waitstaff glad I made reservation prices have increased. Waited long for dessert.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fortunately my friend and I managed to get a corner table where we could hear each other talk, because the sound level was high. The smoked pulled pork was delicious, the cornbread and the hush puppies very good; we both would have liked a better choice of vegetables, however. As a South Carolinian now living in NYC, I was happy to find the sweet tea authentic.

g
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good beer (the IPA is really good) and good food. I really like pulled chicken and beef brisket.

LP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 6 days 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
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buon bbq con cibo fresco spettacolari le patate schiacciate!!

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

JW
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

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

JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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.

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