Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.4
6799 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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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 6799 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.
Recommend the nachos and raspberry lemonade.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day 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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 2 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 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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

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NewYorkLover
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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YadimarM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Todo estaba bueno, pero la comida estaba bien fria

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LeanneS
1 review
Dined 2 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 2 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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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KayleneO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KatherineN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarianneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 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
1 review
Dined 3 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 3 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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, great location and atmosphere

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VinC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BruceD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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Xandras
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving. Had pre ordered their Thanksgiving Day Feast. Everything was very well prepared, the right temperature and delicious. Their holiday great for 6-8 was very substantial. Services was attentive and wait times were very reasonable. Will visit again.

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vipscotth
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good. My wife ordered kale salad with pulled pork. She got spinach salad with no pork. Sent it back and they just added the pork.

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Artie24
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday dinner after seeing a matinee performance of Hamilton. We hadn’t been to Virgil’s in a few years but the quality of the food was as we remembered it, excellent. Our server, Troy, was great, personable and attentive but not overbearing. We would recommend going without hesitation.

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JimmyC
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner favorite when we go to theater in Manhattan! Love the food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was our anniversary and we came from Virginia and Connecticut. Traffic was awful and my daughters and grand children got caught in it Virgil's BBQ said they would charge us $200 to extend an hour. They came to clean off the tables and was taking full bowls of sides to throw away. They did bag the meat dishes but 5people didn't eat the bill $1000 why throw away the food my kids could have eaten. They were going too fast for me to catch before the food was taken away. My kids showed up just as we were leaving I handed them the bag of main dishes and they went back to Connecticut, eating in the car, they said we're are the sides.

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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 6799 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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