Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.5
6794 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
We are open for Indoor/Outdoor Dining, Pick-up & Delivery. NYC is requiring all guests 12 yrs+ 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 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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Experiences

  • Virgil's Family Style Thanksgiving Feast

    $275.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Nov 25, 2021

    Celebrate with Virgil's Family Style Thanksgiving Feast for $275 (feeds 6-8) - the perfect holiday spread to enjoy with Family & Friends. Virgil's traditional Thanksgiving feast features an 18 lb. Smoked Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread - Sausage & Pecan Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes Topped with Marshmallows, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Candied Brussels Sprouts with Pecans & Applewood Smoked Bacon, Creole Green Beans, Buttermilk Biscuits. For an additional $24.99, finish off your Holiday Feast with a choice of an Apple or Pumpkin Pie. Choice of pie will need to be given at the time of the reserved order.

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
What 6794 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Came here pre-show on a whim, had visited many years ago & remembered as good. Not any more. Food is pretty terrible. Portions are very small. Spare ribs - 1/2 rack for $29- consists of 2 small pieces, barely any meat and smoke flavor is just overpowering.. burger was ok. Mac n cheese just not good. Biscuit and cornbread ok… but an order of cornbread consists of just one small muffin.
Pineapple juice is canned and pretty gross. Lemonade not good. I get that it’s a tourist trap but the food SHOULD be better for the prices.
Staff on the other hand was excellent! Friendly, efficient, just awesome. Wish them the best!

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JodyF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Virgil's rarely disappoints, but the drinks were pretty lame this time. But the waiter made up for it with his attentiveness and generosity.

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HBMS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great it was open after a Broadway play.

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viplisaL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our server David was phenomenal.

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vipfoodlover
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend. EVERYTHING was super delicious.

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SweetMama
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had made reservations. Once we arrived we was seated immediately. Table area was ok, fast prompt service and the food came out fast. Was there once before, it was my guest 1st time. Enjoyable and would revisit again. The final cost is what make it !!!!
Thanks for ani e meal after seeing an Broadway show on a Tuesday night.

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Smurf
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was great, knew we had a theatre performance to go to, had our food up real quick. Was very responsive to our needs, got us in and out with no delays

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BrandonM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. The place was a bit loud but that may have been due to another party

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We waited over an hour for the food and it was terrible. I was very disappointed and Will never visit again

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AlbertR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were absolutely amazing. Make sure to try the Kicking Lemonade (alcoholic beverage)!!!!!!

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LynnB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Virgil's for our first outdoor dining .. meal was excellent, portions generous, service proficient. Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time with my friends.

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CynthiaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had an amazing time at Virgils the food was delicious. The service was great! Will be back real soon. Thanks again

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KimM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food was awful. The server was very friendly. It took forever for our food to arrive (30 minutes) even though there were only 3 other tables in the entire restaurant. I had the barbecue chicken and my companion had the pulled pork. The chicken was SO dry and gross. The pork was very fatty and not "pulled" - more like chunks. It was awful. This is my 3rd time at Virgil's -- the first two times were about 10 years ago and it was MUCH better.

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JoeQ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Loved the sevice. Chili good. Brisket overcooked. Top came off bbq sauce container smothering food. Enjoyed drinks.

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KeshaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were awesome. The food was awesome. The wait staff was awesome.

JW
JamarW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your still using the printer system in your kitchen you should upgrade to a computer based touchscreen system for the cooks. How it works is the server rings in the food and the computer does all the timing for you. If it’s a long ticket item it sends right away if it’s a salad that takes no time it will wait a max amount of time and send the ticket to computers on the line cooks line this will increase production when it’s really busy it’s busy and the computer will manage it.

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KalB
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Place is noisy. Service is efficient and quick.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying it. Will DEFINITELY return! Food was So Good 😋

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Ricky
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server David was incredible. Top notch. Food was really good, especially for Times Square. Would recommend for sure.

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vip80904
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I am a huge fan of Virgil’s: they focus on good food and a lot of it! They have smoked dry ribs, chicken, and sausage. The location is close to the southern end of Times Square (44th street).
The service is friendly and professional. The food hot and delicious. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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michelem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Virgil's never disappoints!! A staple for many years in Times Square!

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LuciaS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was excellent! Wish I could remember our server’s name to give him a shout out!

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MarthaM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Outstanding food and service as usual. We opted to sit inside and the noise level was WAY too high. Turn down the volume, please!

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pbiondello
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, as always here.

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CASTANEDAF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good experience… the service was great, but the food was SPECTACULAR!!!

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Marisio
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we take a trip to NYC we always have to stop here, it's my boyfriends favorite restaurant. Our most recent visit was great, I feel comfortable knowing all other customers are fully vaccinated. Staff is super friendly and the food was delicious.

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vipDavidS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Superb ribs. Nice outdoor space.

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Pumpsndpatron
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The bbq sauce was bland but the chicken meat was tender. The frozen margarita hit the spot & the pecan pie was PERFECT!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was awesome. It’s some of the best bbq I’ve had ever and the service was very nice. Will definitely visit again when in the area.

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ChipW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The recipe for wings has changed which is unfortunate because they were the main reason we come. Broke my wife’s heart when you changed the bleu cheese recipe some years ago. Sad.

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RobinG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Troy was a great server. So very friendly! Overall great atmosphere!

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vipPhyllisS
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The BBQ here is the REAL deal. I had a group of 16... and everything was absolutely PERFECT. The next day, we had reservations at a very fancy place, but the entire group wished we could have done Virgil's again. I will be back in NY soon and of course back at Virgil's!!! BTW, the best wings EVER!

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vipSoVeryTracey
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Best onion rings I’ve EVER had in my life. Fried to a golden crisp and not a drop of grease! The wings were decent and the cocktail I had was very good, but honestly the bill of $50 for one person was a bit ridiculous.

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ROBERTOCRUZ
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lo mejor de NYC

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vipDavidS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have Virgil's back!!! The ribs are even better than ever. Prompt, courteous service. So happy to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was disappointing. I ordered the ribs and they we served lukewarm and the meat was tough. In past visits the meat would fall off the bone. My wife ordered the chicken and it was dry. The cornbread was a hockey puck.
Virgils is a go to every time we are in NY and we know they just reopened. Not sure if this was a factor, but we came away feeling let down by the experience.

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SharonB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is alway great and the waiter was attentive and informative of the menu.

RS
RobertS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service at reasonable prices and right in Times Square.

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 4.5 stars by 6794 OpenTable diners.

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://virgils.securetree.com/.

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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