Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Due to the mandated government shutdown caused by COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close. We look forward to re-opening soon!

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. Local styles including Memphis pork ribs & chicken & Carolina pulled pork.
Our meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to ten hours with a unique mix of hickory, oak & fruit woods in order to impart the most flavor & to keep the meat from drying out. To complement the main menu of BBQ specialties, we also offer a generous selection of traditional sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw & cheese grits & Southern-style desserts like banana pudding & Key Lime pies.

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kayand
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Virgils was outstanding! Amazing service and food! Food was amazing quality and our service was brilliant!

MB
MerleB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was quiet because Broadway was dark.
We had the best waiter Matt. We asked his recommendations & he was absolutely correct. Food was excellent!
Ask for Matt when you go there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to come in with my out of town buddies and get the best wings around.
And we had a server that was a true whisky enthusiast that turned us on to some great new drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This place is just fun. It’s not pretentious, the food and drinks are great, and the location if you’re looking for a bite to eat before a show is perfect. Hands down a good old time in times square

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AngelaK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Had a great evening out with my niece.💜

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!
Awesome service, friendly waiters, and great food!

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Mitzi40
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service from Chase!

Nice atmosphere-very relaxing?

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WindyWendy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The server was inattentive. We had to ask for drinks 3 times. I’ve never returned a margarita before and could not drink this one. Don’t recommend ordering from the bar unless it’s wine.

St Louis ribs were great. Slaw just ok. Baked beans good. Cornbread muffin was overdone.

Would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty bbq food

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vipMark
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Favorite place for wings!! They are fall off the bone, finger- lickin' great.

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Patti
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

BBQ is not my favorite. My guests liked it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Being a sister restaurant of Carmine’s, we expected to have a great last meal in NYC at Virgil’s. Unfortunately, our waitress was inattentive and had a nasty attitude. Our appetizer was incorrect when it came out and took over 30 minutes to be corrected. The brisket was extremely fatty, the beans were barely room temperature and the mac and cheese tasted like a custom seasoned Velveeta. We were so excited to eat here as it was right across the street from our hotel and we were hoping to get a great meal before catching our flight home, but were extremely disappointed in the end.

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Treasure
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food us always wonderful. But $7+ for two biscuits is not reasonable. The second floor bounces when people walk so it's not always comfortable

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vipOpenTableDiner2013
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Times Square location. Good food and service.

JR
JenniferR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

If you like bbq, great place. Also great for big parties and near theater Service was AMAZING!

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vipneodoc
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fast service, a must for a pre-theatre dinner. Pricey soft drinks, but free refills. We had the pig out combo for 2, which included 3 large ribs with a nice rub, 1/2 chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. Portion size was good. Tasty corn bread included. Mashed potatoes were watery. baked beans had too much sauce and not enough beans, but was tasty. All things considered, a reasonably priced decent place to eat before a show.