Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The food was good, but overall I was pretty disappointed. We ordered alcoholic drinks that ended up being way too strong to even enjoy. We also ordered apps prior to our food and about 1 minute into our appetizers our meal came out. We felt very rushed and could not enjoy our food since everything was getting cold. We didn’t even have time to finish our appetizers before getting our meals. By the time I got to my meal it was not even hot due to it coming it way too soon. We were in and out of there in 40 mins with drinks apps and our entrees. The experience was way too fast and it was not at all what my boyfriend and I was looking for to enjoy a nice date after a broadway show. Once our food came out of waiter was no where to be found. As I said the drinks were too strong so we really wanted to waters with our food, but by the time he came back it was to ask if we would like dessert meanwhile another waitress had already brought us our check. Very unorganized and very rushed.

LC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I already love the place. Just go there if you want BBQ

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal,loved the trash fries and nachos.Our server ,Nat , was great.We were there Saturday night with our grandchildren and didn’t feel rushed despite the restaurant being very busy.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing especially the fried chicken

NM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both excellent. It was our first visit but we will return when we are in the city again

TT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was very helpful regarding the recommendation about the specials for the night, his service was on point, food was amazing!!! I would love to go back again int he near future.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived about a half hour earlier then our scheduled reservations and was seated about 15 minutes before our targeted time. Staff was polite and accommodating. The food was brought to our table in a timely manner. Our party enjoy our diner and had a wonderful time . I fully recommend Virgils

AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service a must have if you are in time square and in the mood for BBQ.

ED
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food great value for New York Time Square area.

M
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

beautiful and very spicy

BI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal every time we've been to Virgil's.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Concert at MSG!

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MT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The servers were very kind and mostly attentive, but unfortunately it took the kitchen an hour to get our meals! There were other tables in our extended group who received their meals in a more timely fashion though- and the servers and mgmt. were apologetic. The pulled pork was ok- tangy-the brisquet was also okay although the steak tips were tough. The salad was uninspired- won’t be back sadly. I had hopes.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day lunch with my girlfriend. She’s a meat eater so she really enjoyed it. We are only 17, so we didn’t get to enjoy any of the adult beverages, but will come back

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent ribs, Memphis style dry rub, meaty, perfectly cooked. Top notch sides and my oh my, a pecan pie to die for. Highly recommended.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious bbq. Half chicken and sides
Friends had pulled pork sandwich. Fun drinks too. Friendly staff

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good place to go for a bite of dinner before the theater or for a small party I have been going there for 25 years.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good BBQ . 4 of us each had a different dish ( did a little sharing) and we all enjoyed our choices.
the cornbread and Baked Beans were terrific as was the potato salad. Service was outstanding. Our server was very patient with us and attentive to our needs.
We got in and out in plenty of time to get to the theatre without feeling rushed.
Overall a very enjoyable experience. I will say that they should consider changing their house Cabernet - it was disappointing. I probably should have ordered a beer.

g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great beer (Saranac IPA), great beef brisket and really great service. Waitress was so nice and speaking little italian (learned at school)

GW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside of Texas, one of the best smoke and bbqs I've every had. Well done!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The kids meal bbq ribs was too spicy for a kids meal.
The quantity of the servings was good but nothing was really outstanding in terms of taste.

DH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd time I have eaten at Virgil's and have absolutely loved it every time. The food is excellent and the wait staff has always been friendly and courteous. I hope to get back again soon.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall Virgil’s was just as I remembered it from years ago. The waiter Adam was great- able time advise me on gluten free options and took great care of is.

JM
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a fun place to go before the play we went to. The staff was very attentive. We sat by the window, in the bar area so there was a VERY LOUD group. You just have to go with it. It’s expected.....
The food was good. I was glad they had so many choices because I was on a diet and I could feel I had items to choose from. The rest of my party were NOT on diets so they totally enjoyed the BBQ experience!!! Casual and fun!!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Our server was lovely and friendly and attentive. Thought we would try somewhere new as we always tend to dine at the same places when visiting New York. Researched reviews and pictures so was happy with our choice. Sadly to say the food was completely inedible we ordered the brisket beef and cheese sandwich which was black and burnt and my daughter had chicken was was just drenched in fat. Food was sent back and we were unable to eat. Then we left. Shame as we were looking forward to trying and our server was so lovely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience. My husband and I enjoyed the Pig Out. It was a great value and we were able to taste a bunch of the dishes. All the food was really delicious. We didn’t care for the ribs much because they were very, very fatty. I was surprised that the chicken was my favorite. Oh yes and the beans and corn bread were out of this world! Our waiter Troy was spot on. It was an all around lovely time.

FW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, friendly staff. All around great meal

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, food was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Conveniently located in the theater district. Food is nothing great and our dinners came out luke warm at best. Given that everything is prepared and only needs to warmed up I can only think that our food sat in the kitchen waiting to be picked up by our server. With all the great places to eat in NYC I won’t be a returning customer.

AV
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server David was amazing made us feel welcome recommended specials
And gave us local knowledge

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat service is great and food is delicious ❤️

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Correct - grote porties

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t miss BBQ! Highly recommend the chicken and brisket.

BW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Ribs were flavorless. BBQ half chicken was rough and overcooked. Although meal was ready in under 15 minutes, I wished they took more time preparIng a decent meal for my wife and I. Ambiance I guess is to be expected in NYC. Will never come back and won’t recommend a friend. Waste of a special occasion.

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Arrived early for our reservation and they seated is within a few minutes. Waiter was solicitous and prompt with our order and drinks. Overall god experience

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was delicious and the drinks were fun!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience and would recommend this place to anyone going to see a broadway show. It’s a great place to dine prior to seeing a show. The service is quick and the portions are just right.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed :)

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time at Virgil's BBQ. I must say that I was not disappointed. The second that my daughter and I walked in, we were greeted by friendly host staff. Upon being seated, our waiter/server Adam promptly introduced himself, went over the specials and gave us ample time to make a selection. When I was uncertain about what I wanted, he graciously help me with recommendations. Now, let's get down to the food. I have been going on and on with my family and friends about the smoked wings! Lord, have mercy, Talk about DELICIOUS! The wings were so delicious, the meat literally fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. Totally delish! As a meal, I opted for a southwestern burger which was also delicious. I chose the burger because of limited time, on my behalf and the inability to take food back into the theater. But, the menu has plenty of options to choose from. So, on my next visit, I will be exploring more. Yesss, there will be another visit. I've already told my girlfriends that we have to go to Virgil's, when we go back to the city. I am happy to recommend this restaurant, for it's great service and delicious food.

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