About Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

We are a much decorated Home-style BBQ restaurant located in the heart of Times Square, at the crossroads of the world.

152 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:30a-11:00p

Tuesday 11:30a-12:00a

Wednesday 11:30a-12:00a

Thursday 11:30a-12:00a

Friday 11:30a-12:00a

Saturday 11a-12:00a

Sunday 11:00a-11:00p

Cross Street:
Broadway and 44th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 921-9494

Website:
http://www.virgilsbbq.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Thomas Legoff

Private Party Facilities:
call for details

Private Party Contact:
Penny Kaplan: (212) 921-9494

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a corporate event, holiday celebration, pre- or post- theatre dinner, or just a night out with family and friends, Virgil’s has great options for all your event needs. We can accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 250 for a cocktail reception.

Parties at Virgil’s are for the young at heart: they’re fun, festive and casual. Kick back and check your day at the door. Groups of 15 or more will choose from specially designed menus created by our Executive Chef. We offer down home appetizers including our famous Trainwreck Fries, Hush Puppies, and BBQ Chicken Wings. The main course includes delicious smoked Memphis Pork Ribs, pulled Carolina Pork, Owensboro Lamb, and sliced Texas Beef Brisket. To complete the BBQ experience, enjoy our Baked Beans, Country Greens, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Potato Salad.

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (123)
Casual (91)
Good for Groups (85)
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Pre/post Theatre (78)
Fun (75)
Authentic (71)
Kid-friendly (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Great for Lunch (43)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Bar Seating (31)
Happy Hour (29)
Live Sports (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Great Beer (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Quick Bite (23)
Hot Spot (21)
Spicy (20)
Late-night Find (18)
People Watching (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Cozy (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Business Meals (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (2)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

Good service and nice food. Melissa was excellent. Food was warm rather than hot. Big portions and a nice busy place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

First time going to Virgil’s. Food had the home style flavoring to die for! Will go again for any occasion.

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

always my " go to" place for a bite before the theater - awesome hush puppies and fantastic pulled pork!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food. Really comfortable good Christmas decorations and holidayfeel

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great Beer, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was very slow upstairs. Food was good. Upstairs was quieter then downstairs.
Seated us early.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I live virgils and go there often
the last two month, I have been there twice
I do recommend some of my friends
Food is generally good
I always get the friend chicken
lately its not like it use of be flat tasate
maybe have to try somethings new or find a some place new to go to.
Question : Did you change the cooks
I always get chicken / white meat
did the prices go up for the holiday season.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We took our two kids (5&7) to dinner before seeing the Rockettes. The food was great and affordable. The atmosphere is conducive to having children and the servers and staff were nice and accommodating. It did take a bit of time to initially get waited on, but the overall experience was great and we would definitely go back. I’ve already recommended it to my friends!

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·Dined 6 days ago

We eat at Virgil's every time we come into the city. Have never been disappointed! Made it this time for happy hour - definitely worth it!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Tasty BBQ pulled chicken. Not overly sauced. Perfectly brewed iced tea.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was outstanding , busy night so some mixed up orders but they were happy to fix it

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

My "go-to" place when I want BBQ while in NYC. Used Open Table for reserving table for 6 immediately after coming out of a theater. There were convenient openings. We were a bit late (walking through the "tourist" crowds), but they held our table! Great Service just for that! It's very busy at most any time due to the proximity to Times Square, but worth the wait if you love good BBQ. It'll measure up against our southern BBQ places anytime! I know, as I always go for BBQ when my travels frequently take me down south to the other "best" BBQ (TX, GA, NC, etc.).

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined 7 days ago

Virgil's was a great last minute find for our party of 11. Menu options were plentiful, prices were great and the portions large.
The staff did their best to take care of us. I believe the staff member who greeted us and took our drink order left for the day. After that, we never saw him again. We had to ask surrounding servers for refills. They were all very accommodating, but it would have been nice to have a designated server.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Fun, Live Sports, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great place in a central location! Very long wait if you don’t have a reservation. We were seated right at our reservation time on a packed Saturday night. Once seated, service was fast and attentive. Food came out quickly and was amazing. Highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The ribs were old, as if they had been cooked several days prior. Adding the sauce did not help. The catfish order consisted of a small, not big as your hand portion. The only order that was adequate was the burger.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and great wait staff

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Virgil's has great food at a descent price, and a nice dining area upstairs.
It is in a great location, right off Times Square.

Great for families looking to eat in NYC!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food & service was awesome! Enjoyed our meal. Appys at bar & nice mixed drinks. Great staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always good. Love the pull pork and brisket sandwich and the BBQ beef nachos. Service was quick on a max capacity night

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Having a confirmed reservation we were led to a table that was already occupied. ?? When we asked to sit at another unoccupied table we were told that the table was reserved for another guest. After waiting another 10 minutes for a table, the host gave us that second unoccupied table. No apologies from the floor manager or the host for the inconvenience.

After some time the food came out at best warm. Good but could have been a little hotter.

We'll give another try at a later date. Hopefully Virgil's can get their act together.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I cannot understand why a very crowded restaurant with a high energy noise level also blasts music in the background. We were a table of 9 and were hoarse by the time we left

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was delicious. I was late for my reservation due to getting lost but the hosts were able to accomodate me and my son very quickly. I was extremely grateful. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Been going to Virgil's for over 15 years.

Took my daughter there over the weekend for dinner, before going to see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.

Unfortunately, we had a very disappointing experience...to the point where my daughter asked me to remove Virgil's from our 'approved ' list of place to eat in NYC.

As usual, the front desk was great, our reservation was honored and we were immediately whisked to our table. Our waitress was very personable...and, we had ordered our food within 10 minutes of sitting down....and, that's where things went downhill:

1) Tables on either side of us were sat 10 and 15 minutes AFTER we were sat (and, after our food order was taken)

2) 50 minutes after being sat, we still didn't have our dinner...but, the tables on either side of us were knee-deep in BBQ

3) I had to ask a Manager to check on our order; and, when it finally came...almost an hour after we sat...the ribs were extremely fatty (not at all in keeping with the ribs I've been getting there for years), the french fries were lukewarm and soggy...and, the corn muffins were dry.

4) My daughter could only eat a small amount, and asked if we could go. I also at only about 1/2 of my food...and, found that the fatty ribs/soggy fries combo was making my stomach queasy.

5) Got the check, paid and went to see the Tree. Won't be coming back any time soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was our second visit to NYC in 2 years. We ate at Virgils the last time we were in NYC. This year our reservation was at 4p, we got seated within 10 min of arriving. I didn't feel that our service was as good at two years ago.

It took forever to get our drink order, Our server never placed our order for the appetizer that we requested, the music was excessively loud (we were right below a speaker by the stairs) We latterly had to scream to talk to our friends. Happy Hour was supposed to be til 6pm, our drinks were expensive even for Happy Hour. (Miller light and Angry Orchard). We left well before the 6pm cut off. It seemed to take a long time to get our check, we even asked for it 2x. Our server seemed a little preoccupied or maybe she was just busy.

The food was really good, just wished for a better time, especially when 2 years ago it was fantastic.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Early dinner on a Saturday. Make reservations, when you see all of the people waiting for a table, you will be glad you did. Hushpuppies are excellent. David was our waiter, did a great job.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took 30 minutes to sit (with my Open Table Res)... 20 mins to get a waiter, $4 sodas (no refills)... that's annoying with 5 kids...

eh?

You can do better- it's Manhattan afterall!!! Take your pick of restaurants!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I really enjoyed my meal,as the other 5 adults in our6 party, we had 4 children too and they are picky eaters,but enjoyed your chicken wings and cornmuffins. we will return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Tasty but the dry rubs were very hard and they smoked it to almost a burnt taste.
Sides were very good. and Pork was out of this world... but ribs were chewy and very fatty.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was great. Visited on a snowy Saturday. We had a reservation. Walked in early and were seated within minutes. Food was good. Portionsize excellent for the value. Well worth a visit for BBQ in NYC just a few feet away from the heart of Times Square.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The wings were awesome! The 1/4 smoked chicken and brisket were very good. Should have asked for the sauce on the side as it was heavily applied. Sauce was good, but I prefer to apply it myself.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Michael our waiter was great. Got some club soda for my sauce oopsy. Food was fantastic

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Virgil's is a gigantic, crowded restaurant with good (not extraordinary) food and a very high noise level. If you are a group having a Superbowl party, it could be great. For two people - it is really noisy, etc.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Don’t usually eat super unhealthy but when I do, I recommend the trash can fries. Absolutely scrumptious.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food!!! Great service!!! It was a Fun night out with a great atmosphere. The food was absolutely amazing for the price and the portions were fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

great for pre theater. Tried a brisket sandwich and thought it a little dry but after some hot sauce, it tasted great. Friend really enjoyed the pulled chicken. Will definitely return and try the ribs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Holy Cow, a BBQ oasis in NYC...just what i was looking for and even tried something new, the burnt tips. Mighty fine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Went to Virgil's about 10 years ago and it was great. This time Food was cold - disappointing

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food! Fast service. Very loud!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Hadn't been there in 18 months. Extremely disappointed with the quality of food and service. Never plan to return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

One of our chickens was not cooked throughout but they didn’t comp the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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