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Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City, New York, NY

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.4
4.4
6633 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

Established in 1994, Virgil's Real Barbecue has been acclaimed as one of America's top 10 BBQ restaurants. Virgil's meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to 10 hours with a unique mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods that impart maximum flavor. Virgil's is located in New York City, Las Vegas, and at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Come try our BBQ and other American classics like salads, burgers, seafoods and more. We have something for everyone!

With so many great ways to enjoy Virgil's, we are open for Indoor & Outdoor Dining, Pick-up, Delivery, Catering, and Private Parties. Join us for lunch and enjoy from a variety of special menu offerings for $15 or less and Happy Hour! Looking for the perfect spot for your next celebration? Learn more about Special Events at virgilsbbq.com.

Your safety is our priority. As of 3/7/22, NYC no longer requires proof of vaccination to dine indoors. Indoor & Outdoor dining are available.

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Booked 65 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 921-9494

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Thomas Legoff

  • Catering

    Let Virgil's Cater your next party. We offer full service catering for all types of events. Let us drop off and setup or let us stay and serve your guests with the Virgil's experience at your door. Contact our Catering Department at 212-362-6444

  • Private party facilities

    call for details

  • Private party contact

    Penny Kaplan: (212) 921-9494

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Broadway and 44th

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    LOCATED ON WEST 44TH STREET BET. BROADWAY AND 6TH AVE. <br />A,B,D,E,F,1,2,3,N,R,Q,W. TRAINS to 42nd street times square.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Available from our Sister Restaurant, Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Upper West Side 212-362-2200 Pickup | Delivery | Catering

Starters

  • BBQ Chicken Wings$23.95

    Virgil's Famous Smoked Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

    • Trash Ribs$14.95

      Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs Simmered in Mild BBQ Sauce & Served with Mustard Cole Slaw

      • Trainwreck Fries$17.95

        Melted Cheddar & Jack Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Scallions, Jalapenos & Ranch Dressing

        Pitmaster Platters

        Our Meats are Smoked In-House at a Low Temperature Over Indirect Heat for up to Fourteen Hours with a Unique Mix of Hickory & Fruit Woods in Order to Impart the Most Flavor

        • The Pig Out!

          Can't Decide? You Can Get It All! Whole Rack of Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Whole Barbecued Chicken, Sliced Texas Beef Brisket 1 LB, Carolina Pulled Pork 1 LB & A Choice of Two Large Homemade Sides & Cornbread

          • Feeds Four$95.00
        • BBQ Combo

          Pick Two Meats: 1/4 Barbecued Chicken, Sliced Texas Beef Brisket 5 oz, Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs 3 Pcs, Carolina Pulled Pork 1 lb & A Choice of Two Small Homemade Sides

          • Feeds One$32.95

        Virgil's Favorites

        • Whole Rack of Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs

          Choice of Glazed or Dry Rubbed & Hickory Smoked

          • 8-10 Pcs$35.95
        • Texas Beef Brisket

          Slow Smoked, Sliced to Order & Finished with Virgil's BBQ sauce

          • Per Pound$29.95
        • Carolina Pulled Pork

          Slow Smoked, Pulled Off the Bone & Tossed in our Famous Vinegar BBQ Sauce

          • Per Pound$22.95
        • Whole BBQ Smoked Chicken

          Slow Smoked & Seasoned with Virgil's Dry Rub, Finished on the Grill with our BBQ Sauce

          • 6-8 Pcs$19.95
        • Whole Kansas City Fried Chicken

          Crispy Fried Chicken

          • 6-8 Pcs$23.95

        Sandwiches & Po'Boys

        Served with French Fries

        • Carolina Pulled Pork$17.95

          Slow Smoked, Pulled Off the Bone & Tossed in our Famous Vinegar BBQ Sauce & Topped with Mustard Slaw

          • Sliced Texas Beef Brisket$18.95

            Slow Smoked & Sliced to Order with BBQ Sauce

            • Grilled Chicken Po'Boy$17.95

              Grilled Chicken Breast Served on a Club Roll with Lettuce, Tomato & House Made Tartar Sauce

              Sides for the Table

              SM (Pint) | LG (Quart)

              • Mac & Cheese

                Sharp cheddar, mustard, cream & a touch of hot sauce, baked until bubbling hot & topped with saltine crackers, cereal & ruffle chips

                • SM$7.95
                • LG$14.95
              • Cole Slaw

                Creamy Cole Slaw with a Fresh Tangy Bite - Made with a Combination of Mayo, Mustard, & Bread & Butter Pickles

                • SM$7.95
                • LG$14.95
              • French Fries

                Crispy fried Idaho potatoes

                • SM$7.95
                • LG$14.95
              • Hickory Baked Beans

                Pinto beans smoked with beef brisket, bacon, brown sugar & molasses to sweeten the flavor

                • SM$7.95
                • LG$14.95
              • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

                Russet Potatoes Boiled with the Skin on & Mashed with Butter, Milk, Heavy Cream & Seasonings Until Creamy & Fluffy - Topped with Virgil's Famous Gravy

                • SM$7.95
                • LG$14.95
              • Cornbread

                House made cornbread made with fresh corn, cheddar cheese, scallions & cilantro

                • 6 Pcs$14.95
              • Biscuits

                Rich & fluffy on the inside & crispy on the outside

                • 4 Pcs$14.95

              Dessert

              • Banana Pudding

                Fresh banana caramel & pastry cream, layered with nilla wafers & fresh whipped cream

                • SM$8.95
                • LG$16.95
              • Peanut Butter Pie

                Smooth & Creamy Peanut Butter Mixed with Whipped Cream in a Grahamn Cracker Crust

                • Slice$8.95
              • Key Lime Pie

                Graham Cracker Crust Filled with Fresh Key Lime & Baked Topped with Fresh Whipped Cream

                • Slice$8.95

              Last updated: February 1, 2022

              What 6,633 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.4
              4.4 based on recent ratings
              • 4.4Food
              • 4.5Service
              • 4.3Ambience
              • 4.2Value

              NoiseModerate

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              1. RA

                RhondaA

                Cleveland

                7 reviews

                5.0

                7 reviews

                Dined today

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This is my second time visiting this BBQ restaurant and it was just as delicious as my 1st visit. The fried sweet pickles were tasty and the service was super friendly.

              2. N

                Newyork2205

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined 1 day ago

                overall3food3service3ambience4

                Average food. Possibly abit overpriced for the quality. Got the platter for one. Dry ribs. Brisket was nice. Cold mac and cheese. Nice vibe and friendly staff.

              3. PB

                PaulB

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Great food, amazing atmosphere and great service from David and the team. They all sang happy birthday to my wife which was a nice touch

              4. g

                galec

                New York Area

                4 reviews

                3.0

                4 reviews

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall3food3service5ambience4

                It was nice but I wasn't blown away with the food. I think a little more love in there food would made it better. It didn't seem very fresh to me. However, David the waiter was just so nice, personable and attentive which made the experience a great one so I would go back and refer a friend. Gale

              5. TL

                TiiaL

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Hyvää ruokaa ja suht edullisesti. Aivan ihana tarjoilija!

              6. S

                Stone

                New York Area

                45 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                45 reviews

                Dined 4 days ago

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                Brisket was fantastic so were the Fries. The mac n cheese was not good - bland, dry and the Beans were ok. Server (Eli) was GREAT. Your Corkage Fee of $35 is outrageous! I would recommend you with "reservations..."

              7. MM

                MarcelM

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined 4 days ago

                overall1food1service1ambience2

                Very bad service, food was low quality, dry and tasteless meat, this place is so overrated it’s unbelievable

              8. SP

                SharonP

                Atlantic City

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Not sure how I never knew about this place but I'm glad I know about it now.

              9. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Everything was great!

              10. g

                gbfoodie

                London

                40 reviews

                5.0

                40 reviews

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Lovely meal. Very friendly and fast service (almost too quick for freshly cooked food??), very tasty and very good value for Times Square. We would definitely return.

              11. AJ

                AdamJ

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Very cool Ambience, the food was amazing. One of the best Sparerips I ever had. The service was very good

              12. BH

                BruceH

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall1food1service1ambience3

                Absolutely terrible Waitress asking bizarre questions but forgot some of the order Food was awful, bone dry and boiled not smoked, Service very poor. I asked for the bill , paid and then left, without asking them to reduce the price but also without a tip. Was then chased down the road after leaving because there was a balance on the bill. Turns out they added a tip themselves but because my card is PIN only, they couldn’t authorise it and wanted cash for a payment I hadn’t agreed to! Extremely dodgy!!

              13. DO

                DeanO

                Yorkshire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We have visited Virgils before and always recommend people to visit when they visit NYC. Its always fantastic and all of the people I've recommended it to say the same. Excellent.

              14. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Everyone was very nice and the food was delicious.

              15. AC

                AnaC

                New York Area

                8 reviews

                vip
                1.0

                8 reviews

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall1food1service2ambience1

                Over worked waiters, sad food, got sick... not really coming back!

              16. h

                howarthou

                New York Area

                5 reviews

                4.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Service was fast & good Our server was excellent Pretty noisy but on

              17. AN

                ANewYorker

                New York Area

                19 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                19 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall4food5service5ambience4

                Good as always. Food wonderful. Service was fine

              18. w

                willisave

                New England

                6 reviews

                5.0

                6 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Good for kids an solid food.

              19. AM

                AmandaMattJ

                Richmond

                2 reviews

                4.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Virgils was a great place to eat after a play. It was affordable and had a casual atmosphere. The ribs were very good and the location was good within Midtown.

              20. h

                heather

                New York Area

                9 reviews

                5.0

                9 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Wonderful! Amazing server , Food was delish !

              21. PJ

                PatezJ

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Vert good Américain food et good service et réservation

              22. R

                Rbake56

                Kansas City

                12 reviews

                4.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on May 6, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Food and service was good but portion sizes have gotten noticeably smaller over the years. This may have been necessary to hold down pricing, but it is disappointing nonetheless.

              23. JV

                JVVM

                New York Area

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 5, 2022

                overall1food1service2ambience2

                Food was overpriced and quality was terrible

              24. MV

                MarcelaV

                Fort Lauderdale

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 5, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We had a great dinner! our server was very sweet, she gave us some suggestions, which we took, and she was right on the money. food came out fast and overall the entire staff was very friendly and helpful. will absolutely visit again on my next NY trip!

              25. JF

                JodyF

                New York Area

                18 reviews

                4.0

                18 reviews

                Dined on May 4, 2022

                overall4food5service3ambience4

                Because Virgil's is in the theater district, it makes it rather hit and miss during peak hours. At least the food was good! And even slow service there is faster than a regular restaurant, since the barbecue is all pre-made and served fairly quickly. It was our drinks that took forever.

              26. s

                sophiem

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 3, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                great BBQ food, we enjoyed it very much. We highly recommend.

              27. M

                Mike

                Toronto

                11 reviews

                4.0

                11 reviews

                Dined on May 2, 2022

                overall4food5service5ambience4

                Food was great...ribs and brisket...waitress was great...place is a little run down but it is a bbq joint so it works. Overall would go back again.

              28. T

                Tony

                London

                19 reviews

                vip
                2.0

                19 reviews

                Dined on May 1, 2022

                overall2food2service1ambience3

                Don’t waste your time here. Food isn’t the best and there are plenty of other better options in the area. Service was not great. We were a group of 4 and initially told draft beer wasn’t available on a Saturday night in Manhattan. We ordered bottled beer to have for our meals, only to discover other tables a few minutes later being served draft beer. We asked another waiter if the issue was fixed, and we’re told there was never an issue to begin with. We eventually got our beers after finishing our meal

              29. SB

                SteveB

                New York Area

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 30, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Always delicious. Prices are a little high but for the location and convenience of this place they’re on par.

              30. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on April 30, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                David was wonderful! Food was great, per protocol

              31. LS

                LauraS

                New York Area

                67 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                67 reviews

                Dined on April 29, 2022

                overall3food3service4ambience4

                The staff is attentive - food was okay and should have been served hotter - seems it’s prepped and left in chaffing dishes - had a grumbly stomache the next day :(

              32. H

                Hurleygirl

                Salt Lake City

                59 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                59 reviews

                Dined on April 27, 2022

                overall5food5service4ambience4

                Excellent lunch menu. Staff was terrific. Service fabulous. Great Times Square location. Will definicome back again .

              33. p

                pb2013

                New York Area

                119 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                119 reviews

                Dined on April 26, 2022

                overall5food5service4ambience4

                Our first visit since the start of the pandemic. Not much has changed. A few menu items disappeared. The food is still GREAT - excellent BBQ - probably the best option in the area. Service is still friendly and knowledgeable. Atmosphere is still super casual. The upstairs dining area opens at 5 PM. Before that, only the main floor is open. A very good selection of bottled and draft beers - try the draft Left Hand Brewing Nitro Stout - smooth, creamy, deep flavor, and it goes SO well with the food. They have a full bar. Forget an appetizer unless you're amazingly hungry - portions are huge. We had the dry-rubbed Memphis-style ribs and the blackened salmon. A half-rack of ribs was too much combined with the two sides and cornbread. I'd go with the quarter-rack. The ribs are really full of meat. Try pouring on some BBQ sauce. About that cornbread. Mediocre. The chef really needs a new recipe. Not all that tasty. It was the only downer part of the meal. For sides, cole slaw, mac/cheese, and collard greens are great choices. Also try the key lime pie for dessert if you have any room left. Very highly recommended.

              34. ER

                EvaR

                New York Area

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 25, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                1st time visit. Food was great. Will be back again.

              35. LT

                LarryT

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent service and food. Making a reservation was easy through Open Door.

              36. T

                Tablevibes1

                New York Area

                60 reviews

                5.0

                60 reviews

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Virgil’s is my “GO-TO” place for company from out of town. Especially if I’m not sure if they have had a wide range of experiences with restaurants. VIRGILS menu has something everyone will enjoy no mater what part of the country they’re from.

              37. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Baltimore

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Good was very good! Portions are very big. Good value for what you get

              38. ZR

                ZinaR

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 23, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The food at Virgil's was phenomenal! Best place in NYC for real, authentic BBQ!!

              39. S

                Steffi

                New York Area

                46 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                46 reviews

                Dined on April 23, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                This is one of my favorite places--good food all around. BUT they do not serve chocolate chess pie any more and I was sooooooo disappointed. They offered chocolate cake but IT IS NOT THE SAME. Hopefully they will bring it back soon.

              40. J

                Judy

                Chicago

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 23, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food and service

              Safety precautions

              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
              • Screening

                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                • Staff is vaccinated

              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 4.4 stars by 6633 OpenTable diners.

              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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              Booked 65 times today
              Google Map for Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

              152 W 44th Street New York, NY 10036

              Additional information

              • Cross street

                Broadway and 44th

              • Neighborhood

                Theater District / Times Square

              • Hours of operation

                Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

              • Cuisines

                Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress code

                Casual Dress

              • Parking details

                Public Lot

              • Public transit

                LOCATED ON WEST 44TH STREET BET. BROADWAY AND 6TH AVE. A,B,D,E,F,1,2,3,N,R,Q,W. TRAINS to 42nd street times square.

              • Payment options

                AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

              • Executive chef

                Thomas Legoff

              • Additional

                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

              • Phone number

                (212) 921-9494

              • Catering

                Let Virgil's Cater your next party. We offer full service catering for all types of events. Let us drop off and setup or let us stay and serve your guests with the Virgil's experience at your door. Contact our Catering Department at 212-362-6444

              • Private party facilities

                call for details

              • Private party contact

                Penny Kaplan: (212) 921-9494

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